Grading the Jets after their 42-21 loss to the Ravens on Thursday.
The Jets moved the ball well at times, particularly in the first half, but they failed to score. They squandered two key opportunities at the end of the first half that could have kept them in the game. QB Sam Darnold (18 of 32, 218 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 1 fumble, 85.2 rating) had some good moments, but his bad ones — specifically his two turnovers — cost the team. RB Le’Veon Bell (21 rushes, 87 yards) had his most productive game as a Jet. The offensive line played well.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (15 of 23, 212 yards, 5 TDs, 134.4 rating, 8 rushes, 86 yards) toyed with the Jets. The defense failed to set the edge against Jackson and then gave him wide open receivers to throw to. The Jets came in allowing 78.8 yards rushing per game and allowed 99 in the first quarter Thursday. They gave up 218 rushing yards in the game and 430 yards overall.
This grade would be an A if Sam Ficken did not have a field goal blocked and missed an extra point. Tarell Basham blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that B.J. Bello scooped up and scored on. The Jets averaged 25.6 yards on seven kickoff returns and 16 yards on three punt returns.
The Jets had no shot in this game, so an F wouldn’t be fair. Still, the Jets defense looked lost against Jackson and had some uncharacteristic breakdowns. Gregg Williams did not have any answers. Adam Gase made a questionable play call on fourth-and-1 at the end of the first half and could not put together a sustained drive in the second half.