The NY Jets pulled victory from the jaws of defeat in their 31-30 win over the Cleveland Browns to earn their first win in September since 2018. Let's take a look at a few takeaways from this historic come-from-behind victory.
A Cleveland miracle
Following a 12-yard touchdown run from Nick Chubb to put the Browns up 30-17 with 1:55 left, it appeared the Jets were dead in the water. Then football happened.
“Love the way this feels, gotta find a way to stack them up,” head coach Robert Saleh said. “You’ve got to win a hell of a lot more than one game to cash in on those.”
Not only did Cade York miss the extra point to keep the Jets within 13, but 33 seconds later Joe Flacco hit Corey Davis for a 66-yard heave to make it a one-possession game.
Then, Gang Green followed it by recovering an onside kick and drove down the field with a nine-play, 53-yard drive capped off by Joe Flacco hitting Garrett Wilson for a 15-yard touchdown with 22 seconds remaining.
Jets go up 31-30 and the rest is history.
A huge win for Robert Saleh and the NY Jets
Following a 34-19 beatdown by the Baltimore Ravens and a receipt-worthy week from Saleh, the Jets needed to leave Cleveland with nothing short of a 'W.'
Whether it was Joe Flacco finishing 26-for-44 for 307 yards and four touchdowns or Wilson having eight catches for 102 yards and two scores, the Jets showed they have the ability to be a team that should be able to compete week in and week out.
“I’m really happy for him,” Joe Flacco said regarding Garrett Wilson. “We’ve known that the lights aren’t too big for him.”
While the Browns are not a bottom feeder, they are likely not a Super Bowl contender either and Gang Green needed to prove they can at least hang with the middle pack of the NFL.
Welcome to the NFL Garrett Wilson
A week after being criticized for not using 10th overall pick Garrett Wilson more, the Jets’ coaching staff made up for it in spades as Wilson was much more of a factor in Gang Green’s offense and the rookie rewarded them with a two-touchdown performance.
“I didn’t want my drop to be the reason why we lost the game,” Wilson said. “I’ve never really had an experience like that, it was special.”
Outside of a third-down drop late in the fourth quarter, this was a flawless game for Wilson and one that should make Jets fans giddy about what their offense could look like once Zach Wilson returns.