FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets do not like the routine, but they are familiar with it. They play New England, they lose to New England, and then they assemble the next day to discuss what they did wrong while losing to New England.
From season to season, the reason changes, although it is always some toxic cocktail of blown coverages and dropped passes, communication lapses and red-zone inefficiency. The margin of defeat fluctuates, too, though it is usually small. Three combined points last year. Seven on Sunday, when, after a false-start penalty on Brandon Marshall, time ran out on the Jets 37 yards away from the end zone.
“There are no statements when you lose,” Coach Todd Bowles said. “We’ve got to win games. We’re not in this thing to play close games.”