WATCH: Most Glaring Week 5 Numbers for New York Jets
The New York Jets (0-4) were absolutely manhandled by the Philadelphia Eagles (3-2), suffering a brutal 31-6 beatdown on the road. The offense was wildly ineffective once again, tallying just 128 yards of total offense while averaging a minuscule 2.3 yards per play.
As was the case in Week 3, head coach Adam Gase took complete responsibility for the offense’s poor showing.
“I mean, the defense is playing good, the special teams is playing good. We all know what room needs to play better.” Gase said. “That’s on me, so I told those guys in there that I’ll get it fixed. It’s on me. It’s on nobody else. So that’s what we’re going to do.”
With his team now in a 0-4 hole through the first five weeks of the season, Gase is running out of time - if he hasn’t already - to find a fix for his broken offense.
Hopefully, if he continues to progress at the rate he has so far, quarterback Sam Darnold will be just what the attack unit needs to find its teeth in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys (3-2).
However, before we move forward, let’s take one last look back at Week 5; this time, by the numbers.
Le’Veon Bell was unable to get things going on the ground against the Eagles, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry (YPC). Surprisingly, though, Bell's YPC was the highest single-game mark that Philly’s defense has allowed to a running back that recorded at least 10 rushing attempts. Bell’s 43 yards rushing is also the second-highest total that the Eagles have allowed to a running back this season.
Vyncint Smith’s 19-yard touchdown scamper to begin the fourth quarter was only the second touchdown scored by an offensive player for the Jets this season.
Gase has now dropped the first four games of the season, becoming just the second head coach in franchise history to start a season 0-4 in their first year. The last head coach to do so was Lou Holtz during the 1976 season.
Luke Falk attempted just six passes that traveled more than 10 yards in the air. The second-year signal-caller completed just two of those attempts for just 27 yards with an interception (9.0 passer rating).
The Jets’ offensive line allowed an unacceptable eight sacks when faced with a standard four-man pass rush on Sunday afternoon. Overall, Gang Green conceded 10 quarterback takedowns against the Eagles.
Bell was leaned on early and was responsible for the first nine offensive touches that any skill player received. The two-time All-Pro would finish the day with 22 total touches, increasing his season-long total to a team-leading 98.
Bell, along with Demaryius Thomas, led the Jets with nine total targets on the afternoon. Combined, the two were the recipients of a whopping 18 of Falk’s 26 attempts (69.2 percent).
The Jets have now lost all 11 all-time contests that they've played against the Eagles, which is the most losses without a win against a single opponent in NFL history.
Nathan Gerry's pick-six in the first quarter of Sunday’s game was the Eagles' first interception return for a touchdown in 22 games.
Gang Green’s three-and-out to start off Sunday’s game marks the 28th consecutive opening drive in which they’ve failed to score a touchdown.
Smith’s rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter accounted for Gang Green’s first offensive points in its previous 30 offensive drives.
The Jets’ stop unit was abused by the Eagles, but they did an excellent job limiting them on third down. New York held Philly to a season-low 38.5 percent (5-of-13) on third down. To put that into perspective, the Eagles had successfully converted a league-best 56.14 percent of its third-down conversion attempts heading into Week 5.