"It was messy," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said bluntly.
"It was an ugly game," added wide receiver Brandon Marshall. "It wasn't good."
Sure wasn't, and it knocked the surprising Jets (2-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Interceptions, fumbles, missed tackles and sloppiness all played a role in the 24-17 defeat. It followed an impressive victory over the Indianapolis Colts that prompted fans and media to hype the Jets as a team to watch.
"We didn't lose this game because we thought we were better than we are," center Nick Mangold said. "We lost because of execution."
Or, lack thereof.