Jets stun Rams for first win, hand Jaguars inside track to Trevor Lawrence
The New York Jets fended off a 0:16 season on Sunday and impressed the heavily favored Los Angeles Rams with 23:20 for their first win of the season.
Have they cost themselves long-term?
Jaguars gain lead for Trevor Lawrence
With the win, the Jets improved to 1-13 that season and went in touch with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record in the NFL. Thanks to a simpler schedule and the associated tiebreaker, the Jaguars now have the insider track for No. 1 in the draft and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
New York threatened a huge advantage that allowed the Rams to rally belatedly after a 20-3 deficit. But the Jets stopped at the end of the fourth quarter and knelt in the winning formation for the first time in 2020.
With the impressive loss as a 17-point favorite, the 9-5 Rams at home missed a chance to secure a spot in the playoffs and are now sitting one game behind the 10-4 Seattle Seahawks to lead NFC West.
Sam Darnold and the Jets took their first win on Sunday. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)
The Jaguars, meanwhile, lost to the Baltimore Ravens earlier on day 40-14, falling to 1-13. They'll end the season next week with a home game against the 7-7 Chicago Bears and a road trip against the 10-4 Indianapolis Colts in week 17.
Was the victory worth it?
The Jets end their season at home against the 9-4 Cleveland Browns and en route against the 6-8 New England Patriots. If both teams lose and the Jaguars maintain the simpler strength of the schedule, they'll secure number 1 in the draft. You would almost certainly use the election to secure the rights to Lawrence, hyped as the talent of the generation.
That scenario would likely see the Jets facing Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields or BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, consolation prizes in a # 1 clear perspective design.
Jets take great lead, hold Rams rally
The Jets dominated much of the day on Sunday and looked little like the team that was well on its way to going down as one of the worst in NFL history. They scored the first 10 points of the game and left at halftime, holding the league's fifth attack on three points by a 13-3 lead.
They opened the second half with a 72-yard touchdown drive and took a 20-3 lead at the beginning of the third quarter. Then the Rams held a rally. Los Angeles scored touchdowns on consecutive 75-yard runs and reduced the Jets' lead to 23-20 with a field goal of 6:35.
But the Rams' next and final possession of the ball ended in defeat when a deep pass from Jared Goff to the narrow end of Gerald Everett was incomplete.
The Jets were about to let Frank Gore run back to leave the clock when they got the ball back at 3:54. He took a couple of first downs and allowed Sam Darnold to kneel on the last three snaps after the two minute warning.
It's been an unfamiliar and satisfying scene for Jets players this season. But will the franchise regret it in the end?
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