The Jets have 14 games remaining on their schedule in what is shaping up to be a long, forgettable season -- but they already have one dubious distinction under their belt.
Gang Green was roughed up by the 49ers in their home opener -- and the dearth of viewers who tuned in to catch the one-sided action had them flirting with a new franchise low for single-game ratings.
The Niners-Jets game drew just a 3.9 local mark, according to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, who notes that such a figure is common for a regular-season Yankees game but is "shockingly low" for an NFL Sunday.
By comparison, the Giants' Week 2 contest against the Bears in Chicago clocked in at 7.4 -- nearly double.
The two games aired at the same time, which is somewhat unusual, as New York's football teams typically stagger their games so as to avoid overlap.
In fairness to the Jets, they were competing against the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester, in addition to the aforementioned Giants game, as well as the Yankees and Mets games.
Last year in Week 2, the Jets drew roughly a 10.5 local rating in their loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football, according to Ourand. The Giants registered a 10.0 rating for their Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills in 2019 -- well over double the Jets' mark against San Francisco.
The Jets' brutal start against the 49ers -- coming off a similarly underwhelming start against the Bills in Week 1 -- couldn't have helped their case with prospective viewers. Niners star Raheem Mostert took a screen pass 80 yards to the house on San Francisco's first offensive play, setting the tone for what would be a 31-13 blowout.
Even a spate of injuries to several key 49ers players -- including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo -- wasn't enough to let the Jets sneak back into the game in the second half.
Gang Green will get a chance to get in the win column in Week 3 against the Colts in Indianapolis.