Hoping to continue the good vibes from last week’s defeat of the Giants, the New York Jets visited FedEx Field in Landover Maryland to face the one-win Washington Redskins. The visitors were 2.5 point road underdogs facing rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins and a team still in some disarray following the mid-season firing of coach Jay Gruden.
For the fourth straight games, Sam Darnold marched his team down the field on the opening New York drive for a touchdown. They scored again two drives later, as well as on their final possession of the first half, leading 20-3 at the break. Washington never got closer than those 17 points as the teams traded scores and punts for a 34-17 final.
The young quarterback, who a month ago was “seeing ghosts” down the field in the Patriots’ game, was an impressive 19 for 30 for 293 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He did throw a second-quarter pick that turned into Washington’s only points of the first half. Darnold spread the ball around to seven different receivers with tight end Ryan Griffin leading the way with five receptions for 109 yards and one score.
Jamison Crowder, Daniel Brown, and Robby Anderson each also hauled in a touchdown reception. Le’Veon Bell was in more of a running back rotation than he is used to, carrying 18 times for 59 yards and snagging two passes for another 33 yards. Bilal Powell added 42 yards on seven carries.
Jamal Adams and the Defense are Leading the Charge as the Jets Odds Trend Down Against the Raiders
On the defensive side of the ball, flamboyant team leader, safety Jamal Adams sacked Haskins a career-high three times himself, and his mates added another three. Haskins was also picked off once. The New York defense held a sometimes inept Washington offense to 225 yards on the day, and only 54 on the ground.
The surging Oakland Raiders fly into East Rutherford, NJ in Week 12. The Jets odds do not loog good as the visitors are three-point road favorites while the Jets over/under line is 46.5. The 6-4 Raiders are riding a three-game win streak and are bolstered by outstanding play by their rookie class. The Jets offense may face a long day against a strong Raider defensive front, especially if the line cannot open holes for the running backs and continues to give up pressures and sacks on Darnold. The defense will face a much tougher test in QB Derek Carr and potential Rookie of the Year RB Josh Jacobs than it has in several weeks.