Sunday’s 23-0 loss at the 3-9 Denver Broncos may have been a surprising outcome to some considering the strong efforts from the Jets in recent weeks. Yet, if you have noticed a particular Jets trend under Todd Bowles it was not surprising at all. In fact, it was somewhat predictable. Under Bowles, the Jets are a horrible road team.
While an 8-14 road record since Bowles’ arrival in 2015 looks bad at first glance, it actually looks even worse as you break down the entire picture. The eight road wins include two 3 point wins at the Cleveland Browns, an overtime win at the (2-14) 49ers last season, a win in London against the Dolphins in 2015 (which was a really a neutral field game), an overtime comeback win versus the Giants (in our building), a week 2 win last season at the Bills, a week 2 Monday night win in 2015 against the Colts, and a 3 point win against Kellen Moore and the 4-12 Cowboys in 2015.
So logically, the wins at Buffalo and Indianapolis are the only quality road wins under Todd Bowles. Yet, neither of those teams finished with winning records during those years, so Bowles has yet to pick up a road win against a winning team in his entire tenure as Jets coach.
An even more alarming trend is the way that the Jets have played in some of those road games. Whether it was a team comprised of veterans in 2015 and 2016, or this year’s young rebuilding roster, the results have been the same. There are a few games every year in which the team doesn’t even bother to show up.
2015: The Jets scored 221 points in their 8 home games (27.6/ppg). On the road, they scored 166 (20.75/ppg).
Week 11 – Jets 17 @ Houston 24: The 5-4 Jets lost to the T.J. Yates led 4-5 Texans in an ugly game that featured WR Cecil Shorts throwing a TD to RB Alfred Blue and DeAndre Hopkins burning Darrelle Revis for two touchdowns. This game was the first in a disturbing trend of Todd Bowles led teams losing to backup quarterbacks.
Week 15 – Jets 19 @ Dallas 16: The 8-5 Jets actually won this game 19-16 but the offense didn’t bother to show up against the 4-9 Cowboys. Matt Cassel started this game for the Cowboys and Kellen Moore replaced him about mid-way through the game. It took a late comeback for the Jets to seal a victory with their playoff hopes on the line against an awful team with two terrible quarterbacks.
Week 17 – Jets 17 @ Buffalo 22: The 10-5 Jets arrived in Buffalo on a 5 game winning streak with their playoff destiny in their hands and lost to the injury depleted 7-8 Bills. Again, the offense didn’t get off the bus. The quote below from the ESPN article following the game can probably just be copied and pasted to save time when describing so many of the road games during Todd Bowles’ tenure.
“The Jets offense managed just 9 yards on its first four possessions, finished with 300 yards and converted just three of 11 third-down attempts. The defense held the Bills in check in allowing just 297 yards offense, but couldn’t get Buffalo off the field. The Bills converted nine of 20 third-down opportunities and dominated the time of possession by nearly 19 minutes.” – ESPN.com
2016: The Jets scored 3 points in three of their eight 2016 road games (KC, Arizona & New England) and only 10 in Pittsburgh.
Week 3 – Jets 3 @ Kansas City 24: This is the famous Ryan Fitzpatrick 6 INT game and was the first time that Todd Bowles actually admitted that his team was not prepared.
“I’m stunned, disappointed … mad,” Jets coach Todd Bowles said. “We could have come out prepared. We could have come out and executed better. There’s 50 million things when you lose and we lost. Pick any one of them.” – NFL.com
Week 6 – Jets 3 @ Arizona 28: This embarrassment played out on Monday Night Football for the entire country to see. Another game where the offense didn’t show up.
First half offensive stats: Punt, punt, punt, FG, punt, punt, punt. 29 plays for 130 yards.
“New York had 130 yards in the first half, 70 on three receptions by Brandon Marshall . Marshall’s 36-yard catch over the middle set up New York’s only score, Nick Folk‘s’ 39-yard field goal.” – NFL.com
Week 16 – Jets 3 @ Patriots 41: Four weeks after playing the Pats to a close 22-17 game at home, these are the Jets first half stats in New England: 3 turnovers, a missed FG and 3 punts. 26 plays for 96 yards. 27-0 Patriots at halftime.
2017: The Jets have scored 87 total points in 6 road games so far this year (14.5/ppg) and given up 149 points (24.8/ppg). At home, they have scored 179 points in 7 games (25.6/ppg) and given up 167 points (23.1/ppg). Let’s also keep in mind that the three games I am about to highlight were lost to Matt Moore, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trevor Siemian.
Week 7 – Jets 28 @ Dolphins 31: This was actually a reverse of the Jets road game trends. This time, they were on fire early and held a late 14 point lead. Jay Cutler goes down. Matt Moore comes in. JetsNation knows what’s coming. Moore throws for two touchdowns in the final 12 minutes and the Dolphins come back from down 14 to win the game.
Week 10 – Jets 10 @ Buccaneers 15: The Jets were in the thick of the playoff race at 4-5 and coming off of their most impressive win of the season. The defense was dancing. The Jets had officially turned the corner. Jameis Winston was injured the week before, the Bucs were on a 5 game losing streak and all the Jets had to do was beat their old friend Ryan Fitzpatrick.
First half offensive stats: Punt, punt, punt, INT, punt, FG. 33 plays for 86 yards.
Week 14 – Jets 0 @ Broncos 23: The Jets were creeping back in to the playoff discussion after a big win at home against the Chiefs. They were actually favored to beat a Broncos team in the midst of an 8 game losing streak featuring one of the worst starting QB’s in football.
First half offensive stats: Fumble, punt, INT, punt, end half. 20 plays for 35 yards.