The New England Patriots cruised to their third victory of the 2019 NFL season with a 30-14 win over the New York Jets. But despite the loss, Le'Veon Bell isn't down on the potential of the Jets.
After the game, Bell unleashed a strange tweet addressed to his "haters" and encouraged them to not "go casper" once the Jets turn things around.
all you haters, enjoy it for now..just don’t go casper when all this gets turned around..we embrace adversity, we embrace the hate, and everyone that wants to see my team fail, or me fail individually, I’ll remember, we’ll remember it ALL, & use it, & wear it as a badge of honor!— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) September 22, 2019
This is quite a lot to digest, and the use of the phrase "go casper" is entertaining. But the timing of this message is certainly strange. Sure, the Jets are 0-3 and could bounce-back from a slow start. But at the moment, things aren't looking great for them on offense and they were just completely shut down by the Patriots.
The Jets haven't been able to score much this season. They only have a total of 33 points through three games. They're also on their third-string quarterback, Luke Falk, after Sam Darnold's mono diagnosis and Trevor Siemian's season-ending ankle injury.
And Bell himself, the Jets' best offensive weapon, hasn't played well either. The Patriots held him to just 35 yards on 18 carries while he added 28 receiving yards to the mix. So far this season, he is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and hasn't had as big of an impact as the Jets were likely hoping when they signed him.
While the Jets still have time to get things turned around as Bell noted, they are already three games back of the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East race. And with Darnold still out for the foreseeable future, it doesn't seem like their offense is going to get much better moving forward.
We'll see if Bell can help to motivate his team and create a better situation for the Jets by the next time they next take on the Patriots (Week 7). But for the time being, this team certainly shouldn't worry New England much as they seek to wrap up this decade as the only winner of the AFC East.
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