The Jets, despite being eliminated from playoff contention, have played decently the last four weeks but they only have one win to show for their efforts.
The difference right now are small mistakes that compounded become the difference between winning and losing.
Jets miscues vs. Texans
--Jason Myers had been one of the league's best kickers this season, and seemed well on his way toward his first Pro Bowl. But Myers, who had missed only one of his 25 extra-point attempts this season, shanked both his tries after the Jets' first two touchdowns.
If he had made both, the Jets still would've been within a touchdown after what was DeAndre Hopkins' game-winning touchdown reception. The Jets turned the ball over on downs on the drive, but maybe the Jets would've tried shorter, safer passes in that situation knowing they only needed a field goal to win.
And Myers has an NFL record five field goals of 55-plus yards, so while he might not be the most accurate on extra points, he still has a huge leg.
--Elijah McGuire lost a fumble (the Jets' only turnover), leading to Hopkins' first touchdown that made it 13-3 in the second quarter.
--The Jets also had nine accepted penalties for 90 yards, including some major ones on the Texans' last drive, so let's go backwards in discussing them.
Morris Claiborne was called for holding on Hopkins on a third-and-4 deep ball from the Jets' 49-yard line. Claiborne said after the game it was a bad call, I disagreed.
The Jets had a false start on their final scoring drive (no number was given because the entire offensive line basically had the wrong snap count), but they overcame that to take the lead.
Brent Qvale, who replaced the injured Brandon Shell at right tackle, was called for holding, but it was declined, Jermaine Kearse had a false start (a cardinal sin for a wide receiver) and tight end Eric Tomlinson had a false start on a punt.
On the Jets' last drive of the first half, Shell had a false start (which came with a 10-second runoff because it was in the final two minutes). And on the two plays before McGuire's lost fumble, Robby Anderson and rookie tight end Chris Herndon had block in the back penalties -- just a horrendous three-play stretch.
Inside linebacker Avery Williamson was called for holding in pass coverage on the Texans' second scoring drive, and Dakota Dozier, who had come in as an extra blocker on the Jets' second possession, was called for holding.
--Also, on the Jets' second-to-last drive, they had a fourth-and-14 from their own 21. Anderson was single covered on the outside and Sam Darnold threw him a nice ball that he couldn't corral despite getting both hands on the ball. Hard to argue with Anderson's production (seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown), but he should've had that one.
Anderson said he "came too much under it, and it came off his fingertips," so he knew he should've made the play. The catch would've given the Jets a first down near midfield with about 1:45 left and two timeouts.