The NY Jets will need to do these three things to achieve the unlikely and win their first game.
The NY Jets‘ infamous acronym ‘Just End The Season’ applies now more than ever. At this stage, Jets fans feel that the team is better off losing as much as possible. A sound long-term strategy except for one catch, the fanbase has to endure 11 more losing games.
The realization has set in for several weeks now that the franchise will likely not win a single game this entire season. You have to wonder if the players and coaches feel the same way. Team morale and confidence has to be at an all-time low for this group.
Despite sharing a winless record with two other teams in the NFL (the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants), the Jets are clearly the worst team in all of football. And they have gotten progressively worse with each week that has passed.
Here we are in Week 6 of the 2020 season, and the winless Jets are headed to Miami as nine-point underdogs. They are without quarterback Sam Darnold and prized first-round pick Mekhi Becton, and now they are without the newly christened Kansas City Chiefs running back Le’Veon Bell.
This is exactly what 0-5 is supposed to look and feel like.
It feels like an eternity since the Jets have actually won a game. One of their final wins of last season was a game that Miami felt that New York stole when the Jets squeaked past the Dolphins 22-21 in controversial fashion.
Facing a 3rd-and-18 at the Miami 46, New York was trailing 21-19 with under a minute remaining. Darnold threw an incomplete pass, that would have forced the Jets to go for it on fourth down or attempt a 65-yard field goal.
What happened next would set off a firestorm on the Dolphins sidelines. The now-defunct pass interference replay reversed Darnold’s incompletion in the flat and gave the Jets an automatic first down at the Miami 38-yard line.
Four plays later, Sam Ficken would kick the game-winning field goal for New York.
For the Jets to win a game this season. They might need some divine or referee intervention again. Barring that, here are the three keys to an unlikely Jets victory on Sunday.