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In the eyes of the Oddsmakers at DraftKings, no Week 15 affair should have lost much compared to Sunday’s 9-4 Los Angeles Rams and 0-13 New York Jets meet. In this week’s Bleacher Report in the Pills column, every NFL writer chose Ram not only to win but also to go so far.
Umm, about that.
Rama could not win what would be the most surprising result this season. As a matter of fact, they also never led. Instead, the Jets shocked them (and, frankly, the rest of America) by winning 23–20. And while doing so, he sent jitters to both the NFC playoff picture and the NFL draft next April.
After a 40–3 goal scored by the Seattle Seahawks last week, there were some rumble that the Jets had essentially packed it in for the year – that the team resigns itself to become the third franchise to win a 16-game season Had given. But head coach Adam Gasey insisted that he did not see any drawbacks in his team.
“I haven’t seen that,” Gassay said. “I think people have done a good job of resetting and getting ready to move on to the next one. They know what kind of challenge we have this week, they know how to play, they know That it’s a good game. Supplementary football game for us to position ourselves in the fourth quarter. “
Gesse was right about what happened for the first time this season.
It was not a flurry of sorts, filled with odd plays in which the Jets won with their backsides. For the eighth straight game, he scored in his opening campaign. After the first series of the third quarter it was 13-3 and 20-3 in the half.
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The Jets defeated a team that entered the first-place game in the NFL’s toughest division, and Gesse was overjoyed to see his players finally sneak into the winning column.
“I’m just so happy for my friends,” he said. “They’ve done so well with how they’ve worked. It’s been too long for us to remember what a win almost feels. It’s great to see those guys excited.”
Gesse is thrilled. The Jet players have no doubt. But fans of the team?
Not so much.
Jets fans measure the solitude of what the 0-16 could mean for the future of the franchise. A winning season ensured they would top the 2021 draft, and the top pick in the 2021 draft meant Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the most iconic quarterback prospect long Time.
Those fans received a boost recently when Lawrence intended that he would be liable to play in New York if the Jets performed at No. 1 pick in April Dan patrick show (H / T Andy Vasquez of NorthJersey.com).
Lawrence said, “I know I’m calling some stuff a cliche.” “But just have the opportunity to go somewhere, help someone recreate what it is or whatever it is, and just win. I like to do that. I think that’s what I’m doing best, is winning.”
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This sort of thing gave the fans of the Jets vaping steam, which is now heading south.
Based on a New York victory, the Jacksonville Jaguars now have the first pick. They are also 1–13, but both teams will be out on 1-15 if the schedule is a weak force. They also have a more difficult schedule from outside.
Jacksonville played the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts, which remain two teams struggling for their position. New York gets the Cleveland Browns team in a similar situation next week, but it closes the season against a New England Patriots team that was eliminated from the playoffs in Week 15.
Gee, I wonder if Bill Belichick will be sitting “injured” starters in a meaningless game, if it means not seeing Lawrence twice in a season.
(Yes, as a consolation prize, Ohio State’s Justin Fields is not a bad one. But over the past few weeks, the gap between Fields and Lawrence has become a chasm, and one that is still wide after the pair meet May. Again in Sugar Bowl on January 1)
Jets fans were not the only people to have been held at Sophie Stadium.
After the game, Rams head coach Sean McVay Sounded like a man Those who needed air-sickness bags:
“I’m getting to do a better job that’s preparing us to go, and actually it was in all three stages. It wasn’t great. This loss would only demolish us as much as we allowed it to. Giving. It’s going to be embarrassing, sick. About that for your stomach, but we have two games left, and we’ve found a way to find a way to rebound and react to a short week, a really short week. No, but this week, as we prepare for the Seahawk. Humbling and it’s going to be Hubling, but we’re going to move forward and that’s what we’ll do. That’s all we have to do. “
McVay has good reason to be disappointed.
In the NFC West, Rams entered the driver’s seat in what looked like a week. Now, their back is somewhat against the wall. Next Sunday they will travel to face the 10-4 Seattle Seahawks before the regular season ends at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
Defeat and split are decided in the Pacific Northwest.
It gets worse.
Sunday’s loss dropped the Rams in a virtual tie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ram owns a head-to-head joint on the Bucs, but another loss could mean a fall to the No. 6 seed in the NFC.
If that doesn’t seem like a big thing, then consider this: The No. 5 team gets an NFC East champion, which would certainly be more of a loss than a win. The sixth seed will get to travel to New Orleans or Seattle.
A loss to Seattle (combined with an Arizona win over the San Francisco 49ers) would also set up a Week 17 matchup with the Cardinals that could drop the Rams all the way to No. 7 in the NFC. And the matchbox doesn’t make you look any easier than the bracket falling down.
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If Sunday has taught us anything, it is that nothing can be taken for granted in the NFL. The Jaguars could win one of their last two matches. Ram has defeated Seahawk once in this year and may do so again.
We can get back to where we can easily start the bus as we arrive at this unexpected location, or affect the fate of another franchise for this year.
And if Lawrence is indeed the player, many think he is and New York misses him because what happened in LA on Sunday would be undeniably the most Jets ever.