That, my friends, is a phrase that will be heard throughout the country in losing NFL cities not named tanking Miami with the week-to-week nature of the league.
A loss in week one is not devastating by any means, but the Jets and the Giants have already put themselves in a position where you feel a win in the second week of the season becomes imperative.
Week one was much worse for the Jets than the Giants in so many different ways.
The Jets forced four first-half turnovers, but they only had six points to show for it.
The Jets built up a commanding 16-0 lead midway through the third quarter only to see that lead completely gone as the clock hit 0:00.
The Jets lost a game with a defensive touchdown, a safety, and three-plus turnovers, and yet still found a way to lose to the Buffalo Bills.
It was a performance that had the “Same Old Jets” label written all over it.
The Jets defense couldn’t survive the loss of CJ Mosley, and weaknesses in the pass rush and at cornerback were on full display.
Offensively, the game plan was a total mess.
The Jets couldn’t block. Sam Darnold was off his game. And the play calling from Adam Gase left a lot to be desired.
Why did this first loss feel so deflating for the Jets? It’s simple: it’s the early season schedule.
The Jets next five games include a desperate Browns team in Week 2, the Patriots twice, and the Eagles and Cowboys.
It’s a schedule that could bury your hopes and dreams very early, and puts that much more pressure on the Jets to deliver at home this Sunday against Cleveland.
Down in Dallas, the Giants picked up right where they left off the last two seasons.
The Giants didn’t lose in heartbreaking fashion, instead it was a feeling of despair for a fan base questioning where the answers will come from a much-maligned defense.
Big Blue’s defense was overwhelmed in a 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys moved the ball at will, and could have scored 40-plus points if they didn’t call off the dogs in the fourth quarter.
The Giants have zero pass rush and are inexperienced in the secondary.
It’s not exactly a recipe for success with an aging 38-year-old quarterback in Eli Manning.
Eli was solid in his first game of the 2019 season, but is not a quarterback who can take a mediocre cast to great heights.
If Manning and Giants brass want to hold off the calls for Daniel Jones to start, they had better start winning fast.
Heartbreak for one team, despair for another. Not necessarily the way you draw up starting a season.
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