The Jets started their third quarterback of the season this afternoon, with Bryce Petty making his first NFL start in the wake of injuries to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith. In a game that was ultimately a snoozefest, Petty didn’t make much of a difference as the Jets fell to the Rams 9-6.
The Rams received the opening kickoff and went fairly easily down the field with help from Jets penalties, but the defense held at the goal line, stopping the Rams offense and forcing a field goal.
A couple of drives later, the Jets went down the field, with Bryce Petty taking the team 99 yards for a touchdown on a trick play – a short pass to wide receiver Brandon Marshall who flipped the ball to running back Bilal Powell, who ran right in for the touchdown. The Jets led 6-3 after Nick Folk missed the extra point.
Other highlights included a great catch by rookie wide receiver Robby Anderson and featured more of Powell, who has been under utilized this season in backup role to running back Matt Forte.
Beyond this, the teams traded possession for the rest of the half. The Jets ran an ultra-conservative offense, clearly trying not to put too much pressure on Petty during his first game. The Rams, also a struggling team, weren’t very good either.
The teams also traded possessions for most of the third, but the Rams finally got on the board with another field goal, and the missed extra point loomed large, with the game tied 6-6 going into the 4th quarter.
Both teams continued to sputter offensively, but the Rams took the lead 9-6 on another field goal in the mid-fourth, and that was all it would take. Petty threw an interception on what would be New York’s last drive, and Los Angeles took a knee to close out a dull afternoon.
Petty’s final line on the day was 19 of 32 for 157 yards with 1 interception and 1 touchdown and a quarterback rating of 70.2.
Matt Forte led all rushers with 20 carries for 98 yards. Bilal Powell had 4 carries for 37 yards. Robby Anderson led Jets receivers with 3 receptions for 69 yards.
David Harris led the Jets defense with 11 tackles. Sheldon Richardson followed with 7. The Jets had 3 sacks of Los Angeles quarterback Case Keenum this afternoon. Harris, Lorenzo Mauldin, and Darron Lee each recorded half a sack. Steve McLendon recorded 1.5.
The Jets have a bye week next Sunday and return to the field Sunday, November 27 in primetime to play AFC East rival New England Patriots. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 at MetLife Stadium.