After playing their best game of the season against the Bills last Thursday, the Jets looked lethargic in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday.
It didn't look like the same Jets energy that ran all over MetLife Stadium a week prior. Head coach Todd Bowles noticed a lack of spirit to start the game, and it would last until the final whistle.
"You've got to show up every week in this league or you get it handed to you," Bowles told The Post's Brian Costello. "We didn't show up today."
Not showing up was reiterated by his players as well with WR Robby Anderson noting the offense didn't have the same rhythm it has had in past weeks.
"We didn't come out fast," Anderson said. "We didn't come out executing like we normally do. When we started getting a rhythm, there was something stopping us. We stopped ourselves."
The Jets' 10 points was the lowest total they've put up all season. The defense held Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who played for the Jets for the past two seasons, in check. But the offense couldn't get anything gonig. Austin Seferian-Jenkins thinks the offense needed to pick up the defense's effort.
"The defense did their part. As an offense, we have to play better. It's frustrating," he said.
But even the defense -- the same unit that was seen dancing because of their dominance a week ago -- felt off on Sunday. Morris Claiborne, who left the game with a foot injury in the first quarter, noticed from the sideline that something wasn't right.
"The whole time I was on the sideline I kept saying the same thing, 'We're flat. We're not playing like ourselves,'" he said. "Normall, certain situations happen during the game and our defense, we're dancing and everybody is loose, everybody is feeling good. Today, you didn't see that."
The Jets are now 4-6 as they lost four of their last five games. Playoff talks were relevant in recent weeks, but now, it appears a longshot for the team everyone counted out from the beginning to clinch a postseason berth. The team, however, isn't giving up just yet.
"Our backs are against the wall," Kelvin Beachum said. "This is a bad situation. We've dug ourselves into a very bad hole, but there's still hope."