Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

5 Takeaways after Jets' Defeat

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

5 Takeaways after Jets' Defeat

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EAST RUTHERFORD — Jets' rookie Jamal Adams stood in the locker room late Sunday afternoon with his knit cap pulled low over his forehead.

But in the moments after the Jets' 35-27 loss to the Panthers, that cap did nothing to disguise the anger and frustration of what had just happened.

"It's tough, man," Adams said. "No one likes to lose. You come out here to win. You come out here to compete. I don't like losing. No one likes losing. We're frustrated, man. It's tough to come out here and play hard and blow another lead. ... It's heartbreaking."

A month ago, the Jets were one of the NFL's most surprising teams. But now their season is spinning out of control after five losses in six games. Sunday's loss to the Panthers was not the worst of the season — the Jets will most regret their defeats in Miami and Tampa when this season is over. But it's probably the most frustrating because it ended any real hope of them making the playoffs and it makes you think about what this team could have been. The Panthers are one of the better teams in football. They're less than two years removed from playing in the Super Bowl and have aspirations to go there again. And yet the Jets played well enough to beat them and couldn't get the job done. It's not the first time it's happened, either. The Jets, who were supposed to be one of the worst teams in football, also played well enough to beat the Patriots and Falcons earlier this season, but fell short on both occasions.

No, the Jets are no longer a feel-good story. They're a team that makes you wonder what might have been if they could have pulled some of these games out.

The Jets have had a problem closing out games all season. And it happened again on Sunday. The opening six minutes of the fourth quarter were a complete disaster, with the Jets squandering a scoring chance at their goalline and surrendering 14 points without their defense on the field. …

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