Coaches and GMs often talk about “roster churn,” changing out the last few guys on the roster and the practice squad, swapping out players of similar skill level and proficiency at the end of the bench. A similar phenomenon is taking place at the bottom of the standings, so let’s call it “schedule swirl,” and not the tasty swirl of soft-serve ice cream or the artistic swirl of latte design. Sitting in the bottom portion of the standings–with coaches’ jobs and draft positioning both on the line–the one-win Jets lost to the winless Dolphins a week ago.
This week, they survived a tangle with the two-win Giants. Next on the schedule, the now two-win Jets take on the one-win Redskins, and two weeks later the currently winless Bengals. Had the Jets defeated the ‘Phins, this week’s win could have been a meaningful step out of the muck. Instead, they must rely on the game in the nation’s capital to make strides from the swirling swamp.
Coming off the disappointing loss to Miami, the Jets entered the matchup with the Giants as 2.5 point home underdogs, granted in a stadium that is home to both clubs, with an over/under line of 44.5 points. The first quarter went exactly to script for the Jets, opening with a workman-like 13-play, 75-yard drive, scoring on a 2-yard keeper by Sam Darnold. The defense held the Giants to a three-and-out, ending on a strip-sack, forced fumble by Jamal Adams that was recovered by the Giants. Darnold went back to work and lead a 9-play, 50-yard drive with a 23-yard TD strike to Jamison Crowder. End of one, 14-0 Jets. Then things went unscripted for Gang Green as the Giants closed the half with two long scoring drives of their own, closing the gap to 14-13.
Coming out of the break, Jamal Adams scooped a fumble and scampered 25 yards to increase the lead. Even while holding running back Saquon Barkely to nothing rush after rush, the Jets D gave up two more scores to trail 27-21. The Jets settled down for the rest of the game, with two field goals and a quick strike touchdown drive aided by a pass interference call, winning the contest 34-27. Darnold finished 19 of 30 for 230 yards and one passing, one rushing TD. The ground game struggled to 76 yards on 29 carries. Of particular note, the Jets did not turnover the ball; the defense recovered two of four Giant fumbles, one for Adams’ score. The defense also sacked Daniel Jones six times.
Jets Odds Against Washington in Week 11
With a little confidence from the Giant game, Darnold may have overplayed his presser by talking about a playoff run. The Jets are 2.5 underdogs in Washington, with an over/under of 38.5. But after a turnover-free game and some defensive stops to build on, some confidence might not be out of line for New York.
Washington is expected to start rookie Dwayne Haskins, which may be the reason for the Jets odds showing them as underdogs for the game. However, this one-win Redskins squad is trying to toe the same line the Dolphins are dancing around; how to maintain a competitive team while either Tanking for Tua or Bombing for Burrow. The Redskins already fired head coach Jay Gruden during the season and have issues both on the field and off (refusing to allow terrific left tackle Trent Williams to take the field). If there was ever a time to jump on some Jets odds, this would be it.