The winless Jets head to Los Angeles to face the 9-4 Rams. The Jets are coming off an absolute shellacking at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks scored 40 points for the first time this season as they beat down the Jets, 40-3. The Jets were only able to muster three points against one of the worst pass defenses in the league.
Now, they head to SoFi Stadium to face the NFL’s #1 defense as they come in as the NFL’s #32 offense. Not exactly a great combination if you’re the Jets. Thus, many are rightfully expecting another blowout, possibly even greater than last week.
Jets Blown Out By Seahawks
The Jets continued their losing ways when they fell to Seattle last week. The offense was once again pitiful, scoring a measly three points on a field goal after the game’s first drive. Then, it was all downhill from there for the boys in green. The Seahawks immediately responded by going down the field and scoring a touchdown. The Jets would get the ball two more times in the quarter and have a total of seven plays for zero points.
The second quarter is where the Jets missed opportunities to score. The Jets had the ball four times, and three times they were in Seattle territory. Kicker Sergio Castillo had an opportunity to keep the Jets competitive by kicking all three of the field goal chances. Instead, he missed all three as Seattle got two touchdowns and a field goal in the quarter.
In the third quarter, the Jets received the ball only twice and resulted in doing nothing to cut into Seattle’s lead. They had two three-and-outs as Seattle had two long drives with 13 and eight plays, respectively, for two touchdowns. After three quarters, Seattle led 37-3. In the fourth and final quarter, the Jets had a total of ten plays in two drives and scored zero points. The Seahawks got one field goal with under four minutes to go to reach 40 points.
Jets Prepare To Face Aaron Donald And Rams’ Defense
The Rams’ defense is the best in the league statistically. The Jets had a very tough time of it last week on offense, and this week will be no different. Sam Darnold will continue to struggle in finding his targets and will likely not be well-protected well against the aggressive Rams’ defense. Darnold has already had a real tough time of it this season. Aaron Donald has been a serious threat to quarterbacks all season.
He is widely seen as the best defensive player in the league and a future Hall of Famer. Donald has played in thirteen games so far this season and has 12.5 sacks, which ties his number from last season. He also has a combined 36 tackles, with 22 being by his own self. Additionally, he has 24 quarterback hits, which also ties his mark from last year. Lastly, he has forced four fumbles and returned one. If these numbers hold true yet again for this week, it’s going to be a long Sunday for the Jets.
Sam Darnold Prepares For Homecoming
Darnold’s struggles put aside, he’s also preparing for his first game back in his home town since being drafted in 2018. Darnold had been a standout quarterback at USC when the Jets picked him third overall back in 2018. Unfortunately, for Darnold and the Jets, things have not gone according to plan. The team has been under .500 for all three of Darnold’s seasons and will likely have a total record of 11-37 by season’s end unless the Jets decide to win a meaningless game. The team’s management has undoubtedly failed Darnold while failing to provide protection and weapons for him to succeed. What we have seen in Buffalo with Josh Allen is the complete opposite and it’s no reason why the Bills are as good as they are.
Darnold would have liked to return home on a high note, leading his team in a meaningful game that meant something. However, that is not going to be the case for the winless Jets. Darnold is still hoping that the Jets can find the way to make the game at least somewhat competitive against a really sound team. “Obviously, that’s not a thing, but we are looking forward to going there and playing a good team and having the opportunity.
Darnold Struggles Since Return From Injury
Sam Darnold has struggled for basically the whole season, but he has an especially hard time since he was injured against the Broncos. Darnold sustained the injury after a scary hit during the game and left temporarily. However, Gase decided to put Darnold back into the game and finished 23/42 for 232 yards and no touchdowns. Since that game, he has not been the same. Gase ignorantly allowed Darnold to come back and as a result, caused Darnold to miss more games than he should’ve.
Since his return, he has completed just 57.9 percent of his passes and thrown two touchdowns and three interceptions. The weakness of the Jets offensive line has resulted in Darnold being sacked nine times. The team has been outscored by an incredible 91-34 margin, and Darnold failed to lead a touchdown drive in two games. The hapless Jets have had nothing for the right for them this year, for better or for worse. As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side (Trevor Lawrence).
Darnold Has Message For His Supporters
Darnold had big plans for his family and friends to be able to watch his return in person, but COVID scrapped those plans. As a result, everyone is forced to watch Darnold’s homecoming in the comfort of their own homes. Darnold gave a message to those who have helped him along the way on his journey to the NFL. “I have great teammates, great coaches to be able to talk to when things aren’t going well, and I have great friends and great family and a great support system,” Darnold said. “Things haven’t gone necessarily the way that I envisioned them, or many people envisioned this year going, so it really is just one day at a time.
Jets vs Rams Prediction
The Jets are unquestionably huge underdogs on Sunday afternoon. The combination of being the worst offense in the NFL, while playing against the NFL’s top defense, puts the Jets in a big hole. The team may be looking at a larger loss deficit than last week’s trouncing at the hands of the Seahawks.