Jets lament turnovers and drops after loss

Jets lament turnovers and drops after loss
September 13, 2013, 2:00 am
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Alfonso Dennard's interception was one of four Jets turnovers Thursday night.

(AP Photo)

FOXBORO -- When the Patriots watch the film of the 13-10 victory over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium, they'll notice a common theme: miscues in the passing game.

Whether it was a miscommunication or a dropped pass, New England was anything but perfect in the air.

But as they'll always tell you, a win is a win is a win. And the Patriots can rest a little easier knowing that, even with all those miscues, they're still 2-0 to begin the season.

The same cannot be said for the Jets. In fact, had it not been for a stupid personal foul in the final seconds of Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, these Jets would be leaving New England with an 0-2 record.

Instead, they're 1-1. But the feel like they should be 2-0. Even if they didn't come right out and say it.

"That's an outstanding football team," said Jets coach Rex Ryan after the loss. "You know, you turn the ball over four times against the Patriots -- I bet you we can go back several years on that one -- there's no way you're winning that game if you turn it over four times."

Three interceptions and a lost fumble. That's one of the reasons the Jets lost to the Patriots. But they also had the same problem New England had: dropped passes.

"I don't know how many balls we dropped today, but it was a bunch, there's no question," said Ryan. "Obviously [Geno Smith's] numbers would look a lot different had we caught the football.

"Man, it's just unfortunate," added Ryan. "I don't know how many drops. The young man had his moments today, but we wish we had a few back."

One pass the Jets wish they could have back was on their first possession of the fourth quarter, just after they had scored a touchdown to cut the Patriots' lead to 13-10.

But with 11:13 left in the game, and the Jets with a 3rd-and-5 from New England's 27-yard line, Smith was forced to roll out of the pocket to his left, and forced a throw that was intended for Santonio Holmes down the left sideline. Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington got his hands on the ball and tipped it up to fellow cornerback Aqib Talib, who came down with the interception.

"Rolling out to my left, I tried to fit the ball into a tight window," said Smith after the loss. "During that time in the game, I've got to be more mindful of the situation. We're right in it, got a chance to kick a field goal and possibly tie the game. I just made a decision that ultimately cost my team.

"I was moving to my left, slightly across my body, but it's a throw that I can make. If I put it a touch out in front, I think it's a completion. It's just one of those plays, man, it just happened."

One of those plays that the Jets wish didn't happen.

But even with that, it's the many drops that the Jets believe cost them the game.

"I think it mentally affected all of us," said Ryan. "I mean, we've got to hang onto the football. That's what you're paid to do, is catch the football, regardless of the conditions. And obviously we have to do a better job at it.

"Would it have changed the outcome? I don't know. I would have liked to have found out."