The previously winless Jets are winless no more as they put up an upset of the century. The Jets were 17-point underdogs last Sunday as they faced the Rams in Los Angeles. Despite that, they were able to shock the world with a 23-20 victory. Consequently, the Jets took themselves out of the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, much to the dismay of Jets fans.
Players and Coaches Ecstatic, Fans Angered as Jets Win First Game
Players and the coaching staff, however, were ecstatic about getting their first win of the season. The players took to social media to call out Jets fans who were showing their disapproval at the team for winning a game. Mekhi Becton stated that Jets fans who were rooting for their team to lose were not real fans. Jets punter Braden Mann, who for all intents and purposes saved the Jets win last Sunday also received criticism. Mann has said that he’s received angry messages from fans for his game-saving tackle. He responded by saying “I don’t think they ever tried to compete at something like this. For us, we get paid to play. We get paid to win.”
With all due respect to Mann, Jets fans had been waiting the whole season for that, yet the team decides to do it at the most inopportune time. From the fan’s perspective, Sunday’s “win” was nothing more than a huge loss, a franchise-altering loss. It’s one that may set the franchise back at least another ten years as if the past ten years hasn’t been enough already. Jets brass is going to have a lot on their hands to try and re-assure angry and frustrated fans that the current course of the team is on the right track and also that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. As of right now, fans don’t even want to think about the future of the franchise that has given them far too much pain and suffering.
Other players such as Greg Van Roten and Connor McGovern went on Twitter following the game to show their appreciation and excitement for finally winning a game. Thus, the reactions from fans and players, and coaches alike couldn’t have been more opposites. Regardless, the Jets will enter Sunday’s tilt against the Browns with a win and hungry for more.
Trevor Lawrence Dream Dead (For Now)
The team has two games remaining and will look to end the season on a “high” note. Jets fans will continue to pray for a miracle, on the other hand, that the Jets lose out and the Jaguars win a game. Can this be done? It’s possible. Will this be done? Unfortunately, for the Jets, it’s highly unlikely. However, it would truly be 2020 if the Jets do end up getting the pick after all hope had seemingly been lost. Jets fans are certainly praying hard for that.
As a result, the dream of Trevor Lawrence to the Jets is currently on life support. It seemed the Jets were not going to come close to a victory for most of the season. However, over the past few weeks, aside from the Seahawks’ blowout, the team has kept their defeats close. Earlier in the year, the team was losing seemingly every game by double-digits, which made the Trevor Lawrence dream possible. Now, that dream is currently being taking away from Gang Green’s supporters.
The Jets are now going to have many different draft discussions if they indeed miss out on the number one pick. Do they still pursue a quarterback such as Justin Fields or Zach Wilson? Will they trade down for more draft capital? Do they go after an offensive-lineman in Penei Sewell? Will they keep Sam Darnold and build around him? Or do they still trade Sam Darnold and trade for another quarterback such as Carson Wentz? All in all, the Jets are going to have a lot of decision-making this offseason if the answer isn’t as clear-cut as Trevor Lawrence.
Browns Look To Clinch Playoff Spot Vs. Jets
The Jets are coming off their first victory of the year. The Cleveland Browns are coming off their tenth victory of the year. The two teams will meet in a MetLife Stadium clash on Sunday afternoon. The Browns are playing to clinch their first playoff berth since 2002. The Browns have had their best season in years and are finally looking to get back to the playoffs. The Jets are going to try and build off a character win in Los Angeles last week.
While they are still huge underdogs this week, the spread is not even close to what it was last week. They are now 9.5-point underdogs against Cleveland after being 17-point underdogs against the Rams. The Browns are on the verge of ending the longest current postseason drought and will do so with a victory. Baker Mayfield is currently in the best four-game stretch of his career as he has thrown ten touchdowns to only one interception. He has also eclipsed 3,000 passing yards for the third straight year. In doing so, he is the first Browns quarterback since Brian Sipe to do so. The Jets are going to have a tough time stopping him if he gets into a groove.
Jets Coming Off Best Game of Season
The Jets put up their best game of the year last week in Los Angeles. It was a game that made people wonder where the Jets could be if they played like that the whole season. Whether it was a combination of extreme overperformance by the Jets or extreme underperformance by the Rams, the Jets nonetheless pulled out an extremely unlikely victory.
Sam Darnold had his best game of the season by far. He went 22 for 31 which resulted in a season-high completion rate of 71 percent. He also threw for 207 yards, which is only the third time he eclipsed 200 passing yards throughout the season. Lastly, he had one passing touchdown and finished with a quarterback rating just shy of 100 as it stood at 99.8. Darnold evidently saw a huge homecoming boost that allowed him to perform to the level that he did. Unfortunately for Jets fans, it led to the team’s first victory of the season.
The team also extended its streak of scoring on the first drive to eight straight games. It’s the longest current active streak in the league and a franchise record. The Jets defense did a great job of keeping Rams QB Jared Goff and the Rams offense in check. The defense sacked Goff three times and forced one interception. The Rams offense could only muster 63 yards in the first half until a final drive that led to a field goal from Matt Gay.
The Jets defense also stopped the Rams late in the game when it mattered most, with the help of a couple of key penalties. Lastly, the Jets largely prevented Aaron Donald to get involved in the game as much as many were expecting. Donald only mustered one tackle and two assists but had zero sacks and zero interceptions or fumbles. The Jets evidently kept Donald in check which was a significant part of their victory,
Looking Ahead To Sunday’s Game
The Jets are once again not playing for anything except pride while the game has serious implications for the Browns. The Browns can clinch a playoff victory and combined with a Steelers loss to Indianapolis, would be tied for first place in the AFC North. That would mean that the Brown’s playoff fate of either wild card or division winners would be decided Week 17 when they face off against the Steelers. Thus, the Browns should be motivated to officially celebrate a return to the playoffs with a victory. However, the increasingly relentless Jets may make it closer than expected.