David D’Annibale, Staff Writer|
The Jets’ struggle continues as they fall to 0-2 on the season after their 31-13 loss on Sunday to the 49ers. On the first play of the game, the 49ers’ running back Raheem Mostert scored an 80-yard touchdown to make the score 7-0. On the second offensive drive, Sam Darnold led the Jets down the field into 49ers’ territory. The Jets had to settle for a 41-yard field goal making the score 7-3. The 49ers’ offense responded with a long eight-minute drive that ended in tight end Jordan Reed catching an 18-yard pass from Jimmy Garoppolo for a touchdown. The 49ers led 14-3. The Jets’ offense remained quiet for the remainder of the first half. The 49ers ended the half with another touchdown drive ending with Reed catching another receiving touchdown making the score 21-3. The score remained the same at the end of the second quarter. Garoppolo finished the half with 134 passing yards and two touchdowns but he did not return in the second half due to an ankle injury that occurred early in the game.
The Jets entered the second half with the ball but couldn’t take advantage. After punting, the Jets’ defense allowed a field goal, giving the 49ers a 21-point lead. New quarterback Nick Mullens threw the first interception of the game to Jets cornerback Pierre Desir. The Jets had to settle for a field goal to cut into the deficit. The 49ers scored one more touchdown to put the game out of reach. The Jets scored one more time after Darnold connected with wide receiver Braxton Berrios for a 30-yard touchdown. However, it was too late. Despite injuries to their quarterback and two defensive linemen in the game, the 49ers never gave up the lead. For the second straight week, the Jets’ offense was held in check.
The Jets may be in for a long season if they can’t get the offense to work efficiently for an entire game. Defensive coordinator Greg Williams will have a lot to correct after many mistakes, which included blown coverages and missed tackles by the defense. Adam Gase must find a way to get this team playing well soon or he could be out of a job by Halloween . Despite many poor performances, a few Jets played well. Running back Frank Gore rushed for 63 yards against a tough defensive line. Wide Receivers Chris Hogan and Berrios both had six catches each. Denfensive end Quinnen Williams had a breakout performance by leading the team with two sacks. Mekhi Becton had an impressive performance on the Jets offensive line going against Nick Bosa.
San Francisco will have to battle through injuries as they will stay in New York to play the 0-2 Giants and try to earn their second win of the year. The Jets will try to win their first game of the season as the team takes on the 1-1 Colts at 4:25 P.M. on Sunday.