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Jets 34 Giants 27: City Champions

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The Jets got their second win of 2019 today, defeating the Giants 34-27 at MetLife Stadium. The team’s record is now 2-7. Let’s talk about what went right today.

The Good

Jamal Adams: Adams’ overall season has been up and down. His play has taken a step back from what we saw a year ago. Today he looked like 2018 Adams. He registered a pair of strip sacks to end Giants drives. On one of them he took the ball out of Daniel Jones’ hands and brought it to the end zone for a touchdown. It was clear he was out to take advantage of Jones’ ball security issues. He had a couple of more tackles to get the Jets off the field. With the team’s linebacker position in shambles due to injury, Adams helped carry the playmaking load near the line of scrimmage.

Foley Fatukasi: His play has been strong in recent weeks, and this was another step forward. The Jets’ defensive line dominated the line of scrimmage in general, and he chipped in a tackle for a loss.

Nathan Shepherd: The fan base has not had much good to say about Shepherd. He was an older prospect when the Jets picked him in the third round last year. An unremarkable rookie year followed by a suspension this year made it seem like his time with the team could be short. Shepherd responded in this game with a sack and 3 tackles for a loss. He would have had a second sack if not for a penalty.

Jordan Jenkins: Jenkins contributed a pair of sacks in this game. He took advantage of the injuries on the Giants offensive line. He is turning himself into a steady role player.

Sam Darnold: This was a really solid game out of Darnold. He figured out how to straddle the line between aggressive and reckless. There were no boneheaded decisions in this game. He moved within the pocket well. He was also accurate when given time and not rattled when pressured. This was the kind of performance he needed. In the context of how little he has to work with, this was a really good outing.

Adam Gase: I thought this was the best game Gase called all season, an admittedly low bar. I know it’s easy to say that coaching looks better when the players perform better, but I noticed some new concepts that made Darnold’s job easier. This doesn’t change anything about the long-term, but good job today.

Jamison Crowder: The Darnold-Crowder connection was effective again today. Crowder had 5 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.

Demaryius Thomas: He was up and down and left a few plays on the field, but he ultimately chipped in 6 catches for 84 yards.

The Bad

Nate Hairston: This game was a horror show for Hairston. The Giants clearly focused on attacking him in their game plan. He was routinely burned and penalized multiple times. An ugly touchdown allowed led to his benching.

Offensive Line: At this point there’s really nothing I can say other than these guys can’t block anybody. The running backs averaged around 2 yards per carry because no holes were opened, and pass protection looked spotty for long stretches of this game.

Robby Anderson: He was held to a single catch and failed to come down with a couple of key contested balls.

Brian Poole: Poole has been steady all year, but he was beaten for a touchdown by Golden Tate in this one.


The Jets head to Washington next weekend looking for their first winning streak in over a calendar year.