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3-4, 3rd in AFC East

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets had to make a move at receiver and Rishard Matthews is a cheap, short-term fix — if his head is into it. A month ago, he was unhappy with his role with the Titans and requested his release. It was granted almost immediately. Matthews has some talent (945 yards and nine TDS in 2016) and some versatility. He can play inside and outside. He played 53 snaps in the slot and 30 snaps out wide for the Titans this season. He should be able to hold the fort until Quincy Enunwa returns.

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Receiver-needy Jets sign free agent Matthews

Free agent Rishard Matthews signed with the Jets, who needed a receiver as Quincy Enuwa is expected to miss a few more games with a high ankle sprain.

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Following up on last night's controversial two-point try by the Giants: The Jets were in a similar situation in 2015 and Todd Bowles opted for the PAT. Ryan Fitzpatrick scored with 4:23 left in the fourth quarter, cutting the Texans' lead to eight points. Bowles went against the math and took the point. No one else scored and the Jets lost, 24-17. I don't recall any criticism for that decision. It'll be interesting to see what he does if that situation arises again.

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Interesting comments today from QB Sam Darnold, coming off a rough outing. One positive, he said, was that he was on time with a lot of his throws. The negative: "I just think continuing to lock in on my progressions and really stick on one side of the field and understand what the safeties are doing, and what the defense is doing, a little better." No, he didn't mean "lock on" his receivers; he meant focus on his reads. He added: "Whether I throw it to the right guy or whether I make the wrong read, I've just got to throw every ball with confidence. I think that's my next step."

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Source: Jets' Middleton out for rest of season

Jets safety Doug Middleton, starting for the injured Marcus Maye (broken thumb), will be out for the remainder of the season after tearing a pectoral muscle Sunday, a source told ESPN.

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Two plays from yesterday that should disgust Jets fans: Robby Anderson firing the ball at the feet of the side judge (unsportsmanlike conduct) and Darron Lee/Parry Nickerson not having the awareness to chase a live ball on Kirk Cousins' backward pass. Those plays showed a total lack of focus. Coach Todd Bowles didn't have much to say about either. On Anderson: "I didn't like it." He said they discussed it today, but declined to elaborate. On the Lee/Nickerson play: "We have to play it all the way through. Obviously, we can't relax." Bowles should've been harder on them.

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Jets weekly stock watch: DOWN — Pass catchers (four drops, tie for league high in Week 7); WR Jermaine Kearse (invisible), QB Sam Darnold (growing pains), C Spencer Long (errant snaps), WR Robby Anderson (unsportsmanlike), PR Andre Roberts (rare off day). UP — PK Jason Myers (on a roll), CB Darryl Roberts (good vs. Adam Thielen), S Jamal Adams (three TFLs), TE Chris Herndon (arrow up).

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Jets defensive snap count: They played nickel about 75 percent of the snaps, resulting in a busy day for rookie CB Parry Nickerson. Also one of the reasons for Mike Pennel's season low, although his PT has dwindled in recent weeks. Season highs for DE Leonard Williams and S Terrence Brooks, who replaced the injured Doug Middleton, who replaced the injured Marcus Maye. Debut for DE Tarell Basham.

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Jets offensive snap count: C Spencer Long, battling an injured middle finger on his right hand, was replaced at the end of the game. He has been struggling with his shotgun snaps. This was the first time a starting OLM missed a snap. RB Bilal Powell played a season low due to a neck injury. Season highs for WR Robby Anderson, WR Jermaine Kearse, RB Trenton Cannon and WR Andre Roberts. WR Deontay Burnett made his debut.

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Robby Anderson apologized for throwing the ball at an official late in the game, incurring an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty — and a possible fine. It's happened after a long incompletion in the end zone. "Just frustration," he said. "I hate losing. It wasn't anything intended for the ref." He didn't hit the official. Like most of the Jets' passes, it was off target.

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Jets WR Jermaine Kearse (two targets, no catches) was clearly frustrated he didn't get more chances. Asked if the Vikings shaded coverage to him, he said, "Not that I noticed." Was he open at times? "I don't know how you want me to answer that," he said, smiling. "I mean, as a receiver, you always feel like you're open. I'll watch (the tape). I felt like there were some opportunities I had. It's just something that's out of control."

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Jets LB Darron Lee insisted there's no panic despite the blowout loss to the Vikings. "I know, in the first couple of years I was here, the wheels would've fallen off and all hell would've broke loose. We're fine. No one is panicking here." Looking for positive? They held the Vikings to 2-for-15 on third down.

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Jets injury report: This may have been another costly game. RB Bilal Powell (neck) and S Doug Middleton (pectoral muscle) will have tests on Monday. Neither player returned to the game, never a good sign. Middleton missed last season due to a torn pec; this was his "good" pec. Explaining the decision to cut WR Terrelle Pryor, Todd Bowles said, "He was hurt. We needed an extra receiver. We'll see when he gets healthy. We'll see what happens." That may take a few weeks.

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Cousins, Murray lift Vikings past Darnold, Jets 37-17

Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes, Latavius Murray ran for two scores, and the Minnesota Vikings pulled away in the second half to beat the New York Jets 37-17 on Sunday for their third straight victory.

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It's back to reality for the Jets, who were outplayed in all three phases. Sam Darnold played his worst game, his receivers (the ones not injured), played a terrible game and the offensive line couldn't block. The Jets might have to consider a deadline deal for a receiver.

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The pre-game hype centered on the two quarterbacks, the one the Jets could've had (Kirk Cousins) and the one they ended up drafting (Sam Darnold). So far, neither one has played well, as the game has been dominated by defense. The Jets and Vikings are a combined 0-for-14 on third down, as the Vikings lead at halftime, 10-7. This is the kind of game, in windy conditions, that will be decided by a turnover. Who will make the big play?

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Jets RB Bilal Powell has been ruled out with a neck injury. This is trouble for the Jets because RB Isaiah Crowell entered the game with a nagging foot injury. Their third stringer is rookie Trent Cannon. Also ruled out: FS Doug Middleton (shoulder). He was starting in place of Marcus Maye (thumb).

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Rookie QB Sam Darnold hasn't been affected by the unfamiliar elements. In chilly and blustery conditions, he was 6-for-9, 87 yards and one TD pass in the first quarter. It has been a pass-heavy attack, which is a bit surprising, but they just ripped off an 86-yard TD drive. So who are we to criticize?

Team Stats

Passing Yards207.627th
Rushing Yards121.912th
Points For26.013th
Points Against25.117th