Jets Look To End Winless Season Against Raiders

The Jets lost yet again last Sunday as they fell to the Miami Dolphins 20-3. Sam Darnold returned to action, however, not much changed for him or the Jets.

The only major change was that Adam Gase reportedly relinquished control of offensive play-calling. Although Gase denied such an occurrence during the postgame, it was evident that he did. It resulted in the Jets scoring a total of three points, down from 28 in Los Angeles, and 27 against the Patriots. Those games happened to be when offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains controlled the playcalling.

Darnold’s Struggles Continue in Return From Injury

In Darnold’s return, he struggled mightily. He went 16 for 27 with 197 passing and two interceptions and finished with a quarterback rating of 51.0. It was also yet another game without a touchdown, as he hasn’t thrown one since September. Overall, Darnold stands at just three passing touchdowns and a whopping eight interceptions. His overall passer rating of 64.0 is below quarterbacks such as Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert, signifying Sam’s step backward in 2020.

Head coach Adam Gase admitted that he is at fault for Darnold’s regression while speaking to reporters on Thursday. This has been widely acknowledged among fans and people around football, Gase finally took responsibility. “We need to do all things well around him, but at the same time, it’s on me to get him to play better than what he’s played. I haven’t done a good enough job.” No, you haven’t coached and as a result of your incompetence, Sam has regressed completely. He is now likely in his last season with the Jets as they look to move on with the potential number one pick looming.

As a result, Darnold has been unable to develop as the Jets’ franchise quarterback that many had hoped when he was drafted in 2018. It’s a very unfortunate scenario that has been created due to the incompetence of the prior front office and reluctance to fire Gase. It also falls on the current front office and their inability to properly protect Darnold and yield him enough offensive weapons to succeed. Thus, Darnold will be traded in the offseason and the Jets will move on to greener pastures.

Winless Jets Play Host To Raiders

Aside from that, the Jets have another game to play this week. It’s yet another chance for the Jets to lose as they continue their quest for the first overall pick. The Jets will be welcoming the Las Vegas Raiders to MetLife Stadium for a 1:00 pm matchup. The Raiders will look to bounce back from their last game, in which they looked terrible. The Atlanta Falcons gave the Raiders a huge shellacking, as they beat them 43-6. It was a tough loss for a Raiders team that is in wild-card contention.

It is unacceptable for a playoff contender such as the Raiders to be dominated the way they were. As a result, the Raiders would like to take their revenge on the even more lowly Jets. The Jets are currently winless on the year, and they haven’t really been close in any game except a couple. Thus, the Raiders likely shouldn’t have any trouble beating the Jets on Sunday.

Jets Fans Embrace Tank

That is music to the ears of Jets fans, who are all-in and embracing the tank for the first pick. They are in a neck-and-neck race with the Jaguars to win those rights. They are currently only one game ahead of the Jaguars, so the Jets would gladly accept the Jaguars winning in the coming weeks to open up some breathing room between the clubs.

It would also take some pressure off the Jets in that they could finish the season on a high note by winning one game at the end of the season. That would prevent the ensuing memes that would occur if the Jets were to finish 0-16. On the other hand, if the Jaguars refuse to win another game, the Jets would be better off not winning a game unless they want to see their fanbase riot.

Raiders Look For Revenge

In addition to revenge from last week, the Raiders will be looking for revenge from last season. The club is likely still haunted by the clobbering that the Jets and Darnold dealt them. The game will also be taking place at the same location as last year’s affair, at MetLife Stadium. The Jets were in the middle of a stretch in which they won six of their final eight games. Jets fans were hoping to see the team pop off after the big win, but that did not occur. The Jets subsequently fell to the Bengals, who had been struggling and essentially ended their hopes for the playoffs.

Darnold propelled the Jets to victory as he threw for two passing touchdowns and rushed for one himself. He went 20 of 29 with 315 passing yards and had begun to look like the franchise quarterback he was drafted to be. Unfortunately, just around a year later, this is seemingly his last year with Gang Green. The Raiders will look to take their anger from the last meeting and desire to get revenge from last year into Sunday’s matchup. Carr’s words show that he isn’t taking any team for granted, including the winless Jets, who gave it to his team last year.

Derek Carr Doesn’t Overlook Jets

“It’s a matter of time before they get things going and do things the right way. I’m sure that they are. “I’ll pump the breaks on a winless team and just reiterate that they kicked the crap out of us the last time we played them. We had to go there, they beat the of out of us. So if we don’t bring it, they’ll do the same thing again.”

This shows that Derek Carr and his crew are indeed taking the hapless Jets seriously, which is a quality strategy. That is because it would be a downright disaster if the Raiders allow the Jets to win. They are currently in the wild card race and it would look terrible if they choke and lose. Although this should be a give-me win, the Raiders should still take the Jets seriously as they are still an NFL team. They cannot afford to have another embarrassing loss as they sit one game behind the Dolphins for the second wild-card spot.

Streaks, Stats, And Notes

The Raiders are looking to end a six-game road losing streak to the Jets since their 34-13 win in 1996. They are also coming off their most lopsided loss since a 52-0 defeat to the Rams in 2014, Quarterback Derek Carr had a difficult time of it last week as he committed a career-worst four turnovers. To date, Carr has fumbled eight times and been sacked 17 times. Lastly, the game was one for the history books for the Raiders, and not for good reasons. It was just the third game in franchise history in which the team had at least five turnovers, five sacks, and less than 50 yards rushing.

The Jets’ current 11-game losing streak is the longest in franchise history. Another loss would match the longest overall skid that plagued the Jets during the 1995-96 season. Quarterback Sam Darnold had a difficult time of it in his return from injury. He went just 16/27 for 197 yards and had zero touchdowns to two interceptions. He also continued his streak of games without throwing a touchdown pass. The last passing touchdown that he threw was on September 27th in Indianapolis. Ageless running-back Frank Gore had season-highs in yards ran (74) and carries (18). To date, Gore has currently rushed for 521 yards which means that he has run for at least 500 yards in sixteen straight years. DT Quinnen Williams has been one of the few bright spots for NY as had 1.5 sacks, seven tackles, two passes defended, and a forced fumble last week.

Jets vs Raiders Prediction:

The Raiders have to win this game. It would be a terrible look on their part if they drop two very-much winnable games in consecutive weeks. And I do think they will end up winning.

Raiders: 37 Jets: 13

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