Everyone loves a good revenge narrative, and it seems as though former NY Jets quarterback Joe Flacco is included in that company. The same is true for fellow former Jets teammate Elijah Moore.
The Jets are currently getting blasted on national television to the tune of a 34-14 drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Browns. If not for a late-first-half Jermaine Johnson pick-six, this game would be even more out of reach.
Flacco has completed 16-of-22 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns in what has been an outstanding first half for the Browns' offense. While tight end David Njoku has been his favorite target, Moore has gotten his fair share of production as well.
The former Jets second-round pick has hauled in five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. His score came after he beat Jets cornerback D.J. Reed on a corner route toward the end of the second quarter.
Joe Flacco and Elijah Moore are torching the NY Jets in the ultimate revenge game
The revenge narrative is an often-overstated storyline when it comes to sports, but it rings true for both of these players. Flacco and Moore have every reason to want to stick it to their former team.
Flacco directly reached out to the Jets following Aaron Rodgers' torn Achilles earlier in the year. The Jets turned him down, instead opting for a never-ending carousel of Zach Wilson, Tim Boyle, Trevor Siemian, and Brett Rypien.
Meanwhile, Flacco has this Browns team at 10-5 (likely soon to be 11-5) in a legitimate conversation to be one of the best teams in the NFL. Few teams are playing better football than the Browns since Flacco took over the starting job.
As for Moore, he was unceremoniously traded away by the Jets this offseason after his trade request the previous season. While his production has been inconsistent this season, he's out to show the Jets exactly what they missed out on.
A Browns offense led by two former Jets has torched Gang Green's defense more than any team has so far this season. Flacco and Moore are redefining the revenge narrative.