New York Jets survive the New York Giants in feel-good victory
By Justin Fried
The New York Jets survived a tight game against their crosstown rivals in a feel-good 34-27 victory to pick up their second win of the season.
The New York Jets have endured heartbreak after heartbreak this season. They’ve seen more misfortune and sheer dysfunction through eight games than most organizations deal with in a decade.
But at least for one week, there is a reason to celebrate.
The Jets edged out their crosstown rivals, the New York Giants, by a final score of 34-27 to secure just their second victory of the season. Gang Green got off to a thrilling start jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to two impressive offensive drives.
Head coach Adam Gase pushed all the right buttons as the offense drove down the field on consecutive possessions with relative ease against a shoddy Giants defense.
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In particular, Sam Darnold looked very impressive.
The young quarterback had been through a rough few weeks and was in desperate need of a bounce-back game. It’s safe to say that he got just that finishing the day with 255 total yards and two scores (one rushing) while completing 19-of-30 passes.
And the most encouraging stat of all — no turnovers.
Darnold had committed a whopping 10 turnovers in his last three starts but came away with a clean Week 10 en route to a Jets victory.
Meanwhile, the Jets’ front-seven absolutely dominated the Giants offensive line. Saquon Barkley was held to a staggering one yard on 13 carries while Daniel Jones was sacked six times on the afternoon.
Folorunso Fatukasi continued his stellar season with a pair of tackles including one for a loss but his value far superseded the stat sheet. The former sixth-round pick was a constant force plugging up the middle of the defense and has been one of the few bright spots in a depressing season.
But perhaps no player on either side shined more in this game than Jamal Adams.
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After a pair of underwhelming weeks, the “President” himself made splash play after splash play wreaking havoc on the Giants offense all game long.
The highlight of his afternoon came in the third quarter when Adams darted into the backfield, simply ripped the ball away from quarterback Daniel Jones, and ran it back into the end zone for a Jets touchdown.
Adams was clearly the best player on the field and one could only hope that this helps both the Jets and their star safety move past the troubling events from a few weeks ago.
If only for one week, Jets fans were able to celebrate.
Darnold looked composed even under constant pressure and played his best game since Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys. Gase showed signs of life as a play-caller at least early in the game. And Adams returned with a vengeance proving why he’s one of the NFL’s elite.
The Jets now have bragging rights in New York and while some will cry over lost draft position, it sure feels good to get back into the win column.
If the Jets were to win a game and hurt their draft position, this was absolutely the way to do it.