New York Jets blow out the Redskins to win their second in a row
By Justin Fried
The New York Jets traveled to FedEx Field and routed the one-win Washington Redskins by a final score of 34-17 to earn their third victory on the season and their second in a row.
The New York Jets may not have much to smile about this season. But for two consecutive weeks now, the Jets have looked like a competent, capable football team that could win some games.
Now, doing so against the New York Giants and Washington Redskins is far from an incredible accomplishment, but it at least goes to show that no matter how bad things are — and they’re still bad — it could always be worse.
At least the Jets aren’t the Redskins.
Gang Green traveled to our nation’s capital to take on the previously 1-8 Washington Redskins. Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins was making only the second start of his brief NFL career and he didn’t fair too well against the Jets’ Gregg Williams-led defense.
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He did his best but the pressure was too much for him as the Jets finished the game with six sacks including a whopping three from Jamal Adams alone.
Adams followed up his Defensive Player of the Week performance last week with an equally incredible performance. The LSU product now has six sacks in his last three games putting together one of the most phenomenal streaks by a defensive back in NFL history.
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On offense, the Jets started off strong and scored an opening-drive touchdown for the fourth consecutive weeks. But unlike in previous weeks, the offense kept their foot on the gas pedal and never let up.
Quarterback Sam Darnold finished with a career-high four touchdown passes and 293 yards while completing 19-of-30 passes. His only blemish came on a foolish second-quarter interception when he fired an errant pass directly into the hands of linebacker Jon Bostic.
Darnold continues to force passes into traffic when pressured as opposed to throwing the ball away. It’s something that has become a troublesome trend this season, but it’s also something that will hopefully be corrected over time.
Elsewhere, tight end Ryan Griffin had a career day hauling in five catches for 109 yards. The former Houston Texan has been a serviceable replacement for Chris Herndon and continues to be one of Darnold’s favorite security blankets.
The Jets will return home to take on the Oakland Raiders next week in a game that should prove to be much more challenging. If for no other reason than the fact than it’s not against an NFC East team.
The playoffs are essentially out of reach, but stringing together consecutive victories — even against poor teams like the Giants and Redskins — is encouraging for a young team.
And as long as Darnold could continue to impress and develop, the second half of the season will be considered a success regardless of the team’s record.