The New York Jets shocked the football world and defeated the Dallas Cowboys in quarterback Sam Darnold’s Week 6 return by a final score of 24-22.
The New York Jets have won a football game in 2019. This is not a typo, this is not a drill, and you most certainly are not dreaming.
The Jets came out on Sunday evening and stunned the Dallas Cowboys as Gang Green picked up their first win of the season in quarterback Sam Darnold‘s long-awaited return from illness.
The football that we saw unfold on Sunday was a complete 180 from everything we had seen through five weeks.
With Darnold under center, the offense was completely invigorated as the team finished with more points, more passing yards, and more offensive touchdowns than they had in any game all season.
And they accomplished all of those feats in the first half.
Darnold finished the game completing 23-of-32 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns with a red-zone interception as the only blemish on what was an incredible night for the Jets young signal-caller.
Massive credit should go out to the entire Jets coaching staff, particularly head coach Adam Gase who called his best game of the season. Without Luke Falk under center, Gase was able to institute an entire offensive gameplan as opposed to previous weeks.
Gase was able to get Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell involved in the offense. Tight end Ryan Griffin found more use than in prior games. And Robby Anderson hauled in a 92-yard touchdown to remind Jets fans that football can, in fact, be exciting at times.
The offensive line stepped up and played their best game of the season as well, even without starting left guard Kelechi Osemele and with left tackle Kelvin Beachum exiting midgame. Their success allowed Darnold to have more time in the pocket and complete passes downfield.
And when the protection broke down, Darnold simply improvised in ways that few quarterbacks can.
On defense, Gregg Williams called an absolutely phenomenal game dialing up blitz packages that stymied Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense for the first half. Though Dallas rebounded in the second half, it was superstar Jamal Adams who came up with the game-clinching hit.
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Facing a potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt, Williams sent the house at Prescott who was met by a lightning-fast Adams who exploded into the backfield mere moments after the ball was snapped.
Prescott’s pass fell harmlessly incomplete and the Jets recovered the ensuing onside kick attempt (barely might I add) to ensure the victory.
What a win this was for a football team that was desperately in need of any dose of positivity. Darnold’s return has ignited this franchise and they were able to defeat a very good football team in the Cowboys.
With a very easy remaining schedule, who knows what the future holds for the Jets. But still with a 1-4 record, it’s important to take things one step at a time.
But my goodness does it feel amazing to be watching some competitive, exciting football again.
The Jets will travel to Foxborough next week to take on the New England Patriots on Monday night in a game that should represent the biggest challenge the team faces this season.
But for now, the Jets could revel in this victory and celebrate the return of their franchise quarterback.