The NY Jets are somehow still winless after a last-second loss to the Raiders.
Somehow, someway, the NY Jets are still winless. It took a last-second Hail Mary and the intervention of the football gods to make it happen, but now that the dust has settled, the Jets sit at 0-12.
And more importantly, they retained their one-game lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the race for the No. 1 overall pick and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
It’s almost like it was meant to be.
The Jets took an early 7-0 lead courtesy of a Jamison Crowder touchdown as Sam Darnold and the offense looked good early on. But as things have tended to go all season, Darnold’s mistakes caught up with the offense.
The 23-year-old tossed an interception and fumbled the ball twice to stall the offense. Las Vegas took over from there eventually taking a commanding 24-13 lead.
However, the Raiders couldn’t seal the deal as the Jets managed to score 15 unanswered points helped out by a crucial forced fumble from undrafted rookie Javelin Guidry that set the team up for the go-ahead touchdown.
The NY Jets almost pulled off the victory in the second half
The Jets’ rushing attack came alive in the second half with Frank Gore sidelined. The duo of Ty Johnson and Josh Adams led the way for 178 yards and a touchdown as Johnson became the first 100-yard rusher for the Jets in two years.
The Raiders attempted a late two-minute drive but after some penalty shenanigans, were stopped on fourth-and-goal allowing the Jets to take over with a chance to win the game.
A three-and-out gave the Raiders one final possession but with very little time and no timeouts remaining. That’s when a miracle occurred.
With 13 seconds left, Derek Carr found rookie wideout Henry Ruggs on a 40-yard bomb to give the Raiders the lead and the unlikely victory. It was as if the football gods were smiling on the Jets and their dreams of Trevor Lawrence in that very moment.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams opted to send eight rushers trusting undrafted rookie Lamar Jackson to stick with one of the fastest players in the game in one-on-one coverage.
Maybe it wasn’t intervention from a gridiron diety. Perhaps it was sheer ineptitude from an abysmal Jets team.
Whatever the cause, the fanbase is surely happy it went down the way it did.
With four weeks remaining in the season, the Jets are just a few games away from securing that top pick and potentially changing the fate of the franchise for the foreseeable future.
And by some miracle, they remain in the driver’s seat for that top pick.