New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws a pass during the first half of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week which you can read here. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Cowboys.

Richard R. (via e-mail): I know that the Jets won the flip in OT against the Giants, but I swear they have lost every other coin flip this year, including 2 on Sunday! True or not?

No, it's not quite as bad as that, although it is pretty bad. They have won five of 17 coin flips this season, including the overtime game against the Giants that you cited. They actually won three in a row in Weeks 3, 4 and 6, but the Houston game is the only one in which they've won the opening coin flip since that time (a span of 10 games).

David from Haifa: The defense is great at stuffing the run but my stomach clenches every time I see a back get the ball out in the flat or leaking out from pass protection. In general, how can the jets cover shifty running backs in space? More specifically, besides RB LeSean McCoy (who might not play), are there any other shifty backs until the Super Bowl?

I think you could probably say that every team has a shifty running back who could be a pass catching threat out of the backfield, but few are on McCoy's level, even as he is starting to get over the hill. Even with McCoy out, they have an emerging big play threat in Mike Gillislee, although he hasn't done much as a pass catcher yet. In four games, Gillislee has averaged over 10 yards per carry and has broken touchdown runs of 19, 50 and 60 yards over the past three weeks. If the Jets get past the Bills, guys like Giovani Bernard, James White and Charcandrick West could all be dangerous.

In terms of stopping these plays, I think the Jets have actually handled them well for the most part and where they've really been burned is by backs making catches further down the field. The key is for the linebackers not to get sucked into the middle and then caught up in traffic, which is something which happened in the game where David Harris was out, but they improved in that area this week with him back.

David from Haifa: The offense had problems connecting on passes over the top. Bombs to Bilal Powell, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Quincy Enunwa all misfired. In your opinion is this a change in offensive philosophy or an attempt to take advantage of the Patriots backup safeties? Enunwa looked really fast on with his OT reception. Is there evidence (college or otherwise) that he can grow to fill this role to stretch out the D over the top?

Despite being pretty inefficient at it, the Jets have persevered with the deep shots over the course of the season, which is a good idea because just even the threat of a deep play can help stretch the field and thin out who stays in the box. I'm sure it was a definite tactic to look for that with the state of their opponent's secondary and it probably helped the rest of the offense work effectively.

Enunwa has definitely impressed me with his speed, specifically on special teams. The fact that this is now translating to offense is exciting because if he could emerge as a big play threat from now on, that gives the team an added dimension just as they enter the postseason. He did run a 4.45 at the scouting combine but I never really saw him as a natural downfield threat. However, if he continues to be matched up with linebackers and safeties, perhaps that changes.

Iamjones: You said there were 15 players on offense which means there were no subs or additional offensive linemen in the game then. You also mentioned that some defensive players were in for every snap. Has this been a building trend or a do you think it's a decision made for the final stretch? Also is this evidence that the staff has a better opinion of some of the lineman than we do?

All five offensive linemen playing every snap is pretty much the norm anyway. Other than late game mop-up duties or injury situations, Brent Qvale has played 15 short yardage snaps as a sixth lineman over six games and did not get any snaps at all in nine games.

As for defensive players, that does often happen towards the end of the season. For example, Wilkerson played all the snaps in week 16 and 17 in 2012. However, Harris always plays all the snaps unless he gets hurt and Demario Davis did too until he started losing playing time. Defensive backs often play every snap too. Marcus Gilchrist has done it 11 times this year, for example.

Bdarc 23: Can you expand on the positions for Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson? How are they being used and how does it seem to be evolving for potentially having all three in the future? Is there a danger that Richardson gets derailed by being played out of position like Coples was?

Wilkerson has played the majority of his snaps on the left side, typically outside the tackle on running downs and inside on passing downs. Until this week, Williams had played mostly as a defensive tackle, but this week he played a lot of reps as the left side defensive end with Wilkerson and Richardson inside. Richardson has also played a mixture of inside and out, primarily on the right side.

I don't think Quinton Coples was derailed by being played out of position anyway because the "position change" happened toward the end of 2012 and he produced well for a couple of years thereafter. It was this season, while his position remained the same as in the previous years, that his playing time and production fell off.

Hopefully, therefore, that won't happen to Richardson either. It was certainly interesting that Williams kicked outside this week.

Green_Bastard_: It's a big but not impossible "IF", but if we do see the Patriots again in Foxboro and they've got Edelman and/or Amendola back, do you think there's any chance we can contain their short across the middle game?

Maybe, but it won't be easy, as that is the weakness in this defense. However, even with a full complement of weapons, Tom Brady only has two 300-yard games in his last eight against the Jets. He did light them up with short passes earlier this season, but the Jets defense has improved since then. Adding more weapons also makes it less likely they'd go to Rob Gronkowski every time, so perhaps that's a good thing.

Green_Bastard_: Can you alter your "Beat the '13-'14 Jets" manifesto into a "Beat the '14-'15 Bills" and get it into the right hands? Do we let them beat themselves?

I'm not sure that's so guaranteed to work because it relies upon the quarterback. As Tyrod Taylor showed earlier this year against the Jets, maybe he's not as certain to throw the game away as some of the quarterbacks Rex Ryan has had in the past. One feature of the entire Ryan era was that the Jets hardly ever won a low-scoring game despite the fact they specifically game-planned to keep games low scoring and tight. However, the Bills have already had 14-13 and 16-6 wins so far this year.

Keith Carcaterra: What needs to happen for the Jets to play Houston in the Wild Card game?

It's almost certain that the Texans will win the AFC South and therefore will be the number four seed. The only way that doesn't happen is if the Colts win and five other results go their way. Those five results include a Jets loss and a Steelers win, which would obviously eliminate the Jets. So, if the Colts do make the playoffs the Jets will not.

Anyway, assuming Houston is the four seed, the Jets need to be the fifth seed to face them in the first round (although given how they beat us just over a month ago, I'm not sure that would be a good thing). To get that, they need to win and hope for either Denver or Kansas City to lose. (I am ignoring the possibility of a tie.)

Stata the Left: You generally have positive things to say about David Harris but PFF rates him as a 65 - backup level - and tied for 40th among LBs (with edge defenders separated out into a different category). Any guess at what the difference is? How do you think Harris is playing overall? How should we feel about him starting next season and one year older?

Harris is a good linebacker and while one of PFF's systems grades him out at a back-up level, their other one has him with basically a neutral grade and 14th among all inside linebackers, which makes him an above average starter. The problem is that he isn't paid to be above average since he has one of the highest salaries at his position in the league.

A grading system cannot take into account how important a player like Harris is to a team's system in terms of things like pre-snap reads and communication. As with D'Brickashaw Ferguson, I think Harris is a player who we might not realize how important he is until he's gone. The Jets did have some breakdowns when Harris was out, but who knows how they would cope with him missing extended time. I'm sure he'll be back in the same role next year, but if they could bring in an heir apparent (now its obvious Davis probably isn't that), that would be wise.

carlhungus: Was Coples ever asked to do Pace's job on the edge? If so how did he fare? And do you think he would be as successful as Lorenzo Maudlin seems to be doing if he was given same assignments?

Coples has always had edge setting responsibilities, but when he started playing outside, he was pretty much always on the weakside while Pace has been on the strong side. The Jets always had a good run defense when Coples was playing full-time so you can surmise that he did a good job on balance. He did seem to make more impactful stops when he played inside early in his career though.

Whenever Coples was given significant pass rush reps, he did produce at a good rate. However, the difference between them is that Mauldin does his damage on outside speed rushes, whereas Coples used to produce more on inside moves and bull rushing. Perhaps that makes him a better fit for this system and gives the Jets a dimension that might be more difficult to mitigate with a quick passing attack.

Stata the Left: Could you tell whether Decker was getting open at all on the plays where he wasn't targeted?

I didn't notice any obvious examples of him getting open, but Malcolm Butler plays a lot of press coverage so that meant he was usually close to him at the snap. Butler didn't cover him exclusively - one of his targets (the one he dropped) came as the safety covered him in the slot.

McGeorge: If the Jets let Jeremy Kerley go, who will they use as a slot receiver? And who will "fair catch" punts?

Marshall, Decker and Enunwa mostly - pretty much the same as it is now. I think Kerley's ability to fair catch punts is the only reason he's still on the team.

Stata the LeftOver the last couple of games have you noticed whether the Jets are more likely to lose outside contain when Richardson (who is large for a 3-4 OLB) is standing up?

I don't think it makes a difference whether he's standing or has his hands in the dirt. In fact, I'd have thought he might be more likely to get blocked to the inside if he wasn't standing. He did lose contain on one play where he was standing up on Sunday though.

TK: Is this the best year of Fitzpatrick's career? Has to be...

Statistically, it's not quite. He had a slightly better quarterback rating last year, although that was somewhat skewed by his six-touchdown game. He also had more yards in 2011, although he should surpass that on Sunday. Interestingly, his PFF grade was much higher last year and it was also higher when he was with the Titans in 2013.

In terms of win-loss record, which is all that really counts, it's easily his best year though. His previous best was six wins.

MikeFrancesser: Was I the only one that noticed the obvious missed hands to the face non call on the conversion to Gronkowski late in the game?

Mauldin wasn't in the game on that play, but there was an obvious hands-to-the-face on him on the White touchdown shortly afterwards. You definitely weren't the only person to notice it though, because at least three other people referenced it in the comments.

And finally: The GIF of the week starring Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, David Harris, Eric Decker, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick

Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up for a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) lines up for a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Jamal Adams' Pro Bowl promise from last season has come true. 

Adams said he wouldn't miss another Pro Bowl after his rookie season in 2017, and he has lived up to it so far after being named the starting strong safety for the AFC this season. 

After fan voting concluded earlier last week, Adams finished first among strong safeties with 249,348 votes. The 23-year-old is having another fine season with 90 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, and collecting his first career interception over 13 games thus far.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts after a touchdown by New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts after a touchdown by New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz is joined by former Jets quarterback and analyst on the Jets pre and postgame show, Ray Lucas to discuss Sam Darnold's development and leap forward since returning from injury.

Also, NJ.com Jets beat writer Darryl Slater goes in-depth on the appeal of the Jets head coaching job even if Mike Maccagnan remains the GM of the team.

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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Rishard Matthews (82) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Rishard Matthews (82) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets on Tuesday placed WR Rishard Matthews on injured reserve and signed T Eric Smith off the Patriots' practice squad, the team announced.

The 29-year-old Matthews, who injured his hamstring during Saturday's loss to the Texans, caught two passes in five games for the Jets after signing with the team in October. 

Matthews, the Dolphins' seventh-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, joined the Jets after being released by the Titans due to unhappiness with his playing time.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts after a touchdown by New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts after a touchdown by New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire (not pictured) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Despite losing Saturday's game, Jets QB Sam Darnold put together arguably his most complete performance of the season. He ended up with 253 yards and two touchdowns, adding three more first downs with his legs. Darnold completed 24-of-38 passes and didn't have an interception, although he threw five incompletions in a row with the game on the line in the last two minutes.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions:

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Grades are in for Jets 00:03:36
Willie Colon, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott give their grades for the Jets 29-22 loss to the Texans.

The grade are in after the Jets fell to the Texans on Saturday, 29-22.

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Sam Darnold needs more weapons 00:01:13
Sam Darnold played well in the 29-22 loss to the Texans. Ralph Vacchiano argues the Jets need to find more weapons for the QB.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - With two minutes to go in the game and the Jets trailing and reeling, Sam Darnold made the kind of throw that star quarterbacks often make. It was 4th down and 14 and he fired it 20 yards down field, right on target.

It should have kept the Jets' desperation drive alive. Instead, the ball bounced right off Robby Anderson's hands.

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No moral victory for Jets 00:01:50
The Jets lost 29-22 to the Texans. For the players while they're improving there's no excuse for the loss.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Being forced to sit and watch for three games sure seems to have paid off for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. He has been terrific in his two weeks back.

One week after his late, game-winning drive against the Buffalo Bills, Darnold gave one of his most impressive performances. Against a playoff-bound team with a strong defense and some Pro Bowl pass rushers, Darnold was sharp and efficient and kept the Jets in the game almost all by himself. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns and ran six times for 35 yards.

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Jets crew gives keys to the game 00:02:04
Willie Colon, Ray Lucas, and Bart Scott give their keys to the game for the Jets to beat the Texans

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THE GAME 

The Jets (4-9) against the Houston Texans (9-4) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

The Jets and Texans will be just a few degrees away from a snow game … but it doesn't look like they're going to make it. Temperatures should be above 40 at kickoff but will drop through the mid-30s as the game goes on. There is also plenty of rain sprinkled into the forecast throughout the night.

WHAT IT MEANS

They showed a little pride earlier this week against the Bills, but in the process they blew a chance to gain control of their destiny in the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. They're only one game behind the Cardinals, Raiders and 49ers in that race, though. So a loss to the Texans here and they're right back in it.

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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Davis Webb (5) warms up prior to against the Buffalo Bills the game at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Davis Webb (5) warms up prior to against the Buffalo Bills the game at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets made a curious move prior to Saturday's game vs. the Houston Texans. 

Davis Webb, the Jets' third-string quarterback, was active for the game, as was Josh McCown while Sam Darnold is the starter. 

It is the first time this season that Webb has been active while Darnold and McCown were also active. 

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Oct 29, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Oct 29, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Jets will be put to the test on Saturday afternoon when they face Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson at MetLife -- the third mobile quarterback New York will face in as many weeks. 

Sam Darnold and the Jets are riding high after snuffing Josh Allen and the Bills of a win with a last-minute comeback drive on Sunday in chilly Buffalo. New York can expect another tough game against Watson, a 23-year-old triple-threat making his mark in Houston.

Watson entered the NFL scene as the Texans' No. 12 overall pick in the 2017 draft. He faced adversity after a phenomenal start to his rookie season last year, passing for 1,699 yards in his first six games and tying for the NFL lead in passing touchdowns with 19.

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New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams reacts during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

After missing out on the Pro Bowl during his rookie season in 2017, S Jamal Adams vowed he wouldn't miss another one for the rest of his NFL career. 

Well, the fans are helping him out this season.

With fan voting for the Pro Bowl complete, Adams finished first among all strong safeties with 249,348 votes. The 23-year-old is having another fine season with 90 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, and collecting his first career interception over 13 games thus far.

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With just three games remaining in the regular season, many 4-9 teams would be going through the motions and playing out the string.  

Yet there are valuable insights to be gained from these games for the Jets, which may play into decisions about staffing changes once the season is over.

Let's consider what the organization can get out of the rest of the year:

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is escorted off the field after being injured against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is escorted off the field after being injured against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

Isaiah Crowell's season is over. 

The Jets placed the injured running back on the injured reserve on Friday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Crowell left Sunday's 27-23 win over the Bills with a foot injury and did not return. He was ruled out for Saturday's game against the Texans on Thursday after not practicing all week.

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is escorted off the field after being injured against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is escorted off the field after being injured against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets ruled running back Isaiah Crowell and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa out for Saturday's game against the Texans, while outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins will be a game-time decision.

Crowell left Sunday's 27-23 win over the Bills in the first half with a foot injury and did not return. Elijah McGuire recorded 60 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards in Crowell's absence, scoring the game-winning 1-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Enunwa did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday with an ankle injury. He missed two games in October with a sprained ankle.

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'Cope's Chronicles' 00:01:28
New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland interviews some of his teammates about their Alma maters.

Jets LB Brandon Copeland took the microphone from SNY's Jeane Coakley to make his rounds in the locker room for "Cope's Chronicles," his new segment on Jets Game Plan.

Copeland naturally assumed the role of interviewer, asking his teammates about their alma maters and how much they regret not going to his own, the University of Pennsylvania.

"How mad are you on a scale of 1 to 10 that you did not go to the University of Pennsylvania," he asked WR Andre Roberts.

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New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire celebrates his game-winning touchdown with offensive guard Brian Winters and offensive guard Dakota Dozier against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Elijah McGuire celebrates his game-winning touchdown with offensive guard Brian Winters and offensive guard Dakota Dozier against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

When Jets running back Isaiah Crowell went down, Elijah McGuire stepped up.

And he hopes to keep the momentum going in the future.

McGuire totaled 83 yards from scrimmage, the most he's had since Week 4 in 2017, and scored the game-winning 1-yard touchdown in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Bills after Crowell left the game with a foot injury.

"You can't take it for granted," McGuire said, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello.

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Nothing to lose 00:01:24
Avery Williamson and Todd Bowles say they aren't taking the last three games for granted. Players must make the most and try and win out.

As the Jets continue to hope for a winning future, New York's three remaining games of the season are important to assess how the franchise's top players will establish themselves. 

New York is feeling confident after defeating Buffalo 27-23 on Sunday with a solid return from quarterback Sam Darnold. The 21-year-old went 12 of 18 for 139 yards in the second half and led a game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes to snap the Jets' six-game losing streak.

Linebacker Avery Williamson is not taking the Jets' final three games for granted and hopes the team's latest victory will stretch into Week 15 against the Titans. Williamson said it's not just about winning games, but he wants to end the season on a positive note -- by playing the best he can.

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Sam Darnold optimistic after win 00:01:01
Sam Darnold is feeling better physically after the Jets win. Darnold looks to build on his start for the last three games of the season.

Sam Darnold gave Jets fans a scare in the first half of Sunday's 27-23 win over the Bills when he exited the game after re-aggravating his sprained right foot. 

The rookie quarterback eventually re-entered the game and gutted it out as he led the Jets to a comeback victory, but there was still concern over his health, especially when he was splitting first-team reps with Josh McCown at the start of Tuesday's practice that was open to media. 

But Darnold was listed as a full participant and insists he "feels great."

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Jul 28, 2018; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo at Vikings training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jul 28, 2018; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo at Vikings training camp at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

Another NFL coaching whiz became available on Thursday when the Vikings fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo -- and the Jets likely already have their eyes on him.

DeFilippo is expected to be on the Jets' shortlist to replace head coach Todd Bowles, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The 40-year-old DeFilippo was the Jets' quarterbacks coach in 2009, and the team even tried to interview him for its offensive coordinator job in 2017 before the Eagles blocked him. DeFilippo helped develop QB Carson Wentz over two seasons in Philly, but his 2018 season with Minnesota was cut short due to a struggling, Kirk Cousins-led offense. 

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Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 9, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon rehash the Jets win over the Bills. Was the signature win for the rookie QB better than a potentially higher draft spot? The duo also examine the coaching carousel in the NFL and preview the game against the Texans.

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New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) celebrates with teammates Marcus Maye (26) after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (48) celebrates with teammates Marcus Maye (26) after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

If Jets outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins was happy about his team's first win in six weeks, he didn't show it. Instead, Jenkins had sharp words for young Bills quarterback Josh Allen and outside left tackler Dion Dawkins after New York edged Buffalo 27-23 on Sunday.

Allen pulled away from Jenkins, who was charging at the quarterback at the 15-yard line, for a 6-yard touchdown on Buffalo's first drive of the game. But Jenkins' emotional response during his postgame press conference was driven by Dawkins' chop block on the first play from scrimmage. 

The play caused Jenkins to retreat to the locker room with an ankle injury. Moments later, SNYtv's Ralph Vacchiano reported Jenkins was returning to the field, despite being doubtful to return. Jenkins finished with two tackles, including one tackle for loss.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold scrambles out of the pocket against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold scrambles out of the pocket against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Until the final drive, Sam Darnold's performance in his return to the starting lineup would be defined by his best and worst play. However, Darnold's composure in leading the team downfield for the late game-winning score in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Buffalo Bills was exactly the kind of thing the Jets and their fans had been hoping to see from him this year.

Let's look at some specific examples before we draw conclusions:

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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What to make of Sam Darnold 00:00:51
Sam Darnold returned to action against the Bills. What should Jets fans takeaway from the young QB?s season so far?

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Fourteen years ago there was a young quarterback in New York who had struggled through an up-and-down rookie season. He showed flashes of his potential, but not nearly enough to convince everyone he would someday be the man to lead his franchise.

Then in Week 17, Eli Manning got the ball with 1:41 remaining and drove the Giants down the field for a game-winning drive capped by a 3-yard Tiki Barber touchdown run. The Giants beat the Cowboys 28-24 that day and it seemed like the moment that Manning arrived.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Eli Manning, Elijah McGuire, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Report Cards from the Jets win 00:02:37
Willie Colon and Bart Scott give their grades for the Jets 27-23 win over Buffalo. It's all A's for special teams but what about the rest?

The Jets crew hands out grades after Sam Darnold led the Jets to a last-minute comeback drive in Sunday's 27-23 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at New Era Field.

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Jets beat Bills 27-23 00:01:17
The Jets got their much-wanted revenge on the Buffalo Bills, winning 27-23. After the game it was all smiles in the locker room.

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When Sam Darnold limped off to the locker room after the Jets' first series, it looked like this season was going to go from bad to much worse. This season had always been about him. But he had already missed three games with a foot injury after three terrible performances.

And now he was going to be out again?

Well, though it wasn't exactly a Willis Reed performance, Darnold returned quickly enough to give some life and hope to what's left of this Jets season. He went 12 of 18 for 139 yards in the second half and led a game-winning touchdown drive in the final two minutes to give the Jets a 27-23 win over the Buffalo Bills.

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New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell looks for a hole to run through during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell looks for a hole to run through during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

Running back Isaiah Crowell left Week 14 against Buffalo with a foot injury. The Jets announced he is questionable to return. 

The 25-year-old was sidelined at Jets practice with a toe issue all week, and it could be related to Sunday's injury. Crowell had three touches for seven yards before exiting. Elijah McGuire took over for Crowell as the New York's lead back.

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Jets QB Sam Darnold left Sunday's game against the Bills after just three plays, heading to the locker room with team doctors before being replaced by Josh McCown.

Darnold missed one drive before jogging back on the field and coming back in the game. 

He is playing in his first game since Week 9, when he suffered a right foot strain.

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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After missing the last three games due to a foot injury, Sam Darnold will return as the Jets' QB on Sunday against the Bills, the team announced. 

Darnold practiced in full on Friday, but head coach Todd Bowles said a final decision on his availability wouldn't be made until right before the game. 

"We'll decide that on Sunday," Bowles said. "Both he and Josh (McCown) had good weeks."

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Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Nov 4, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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THE GAME 

The Jets (3-9) at the Buffalo Bills (4-8) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ET.

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Parry Nickerson (43) and defensive end Leonard Williams (92) celebrate a fumble by the Indianapolis Colts during a NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Parry Nickerson (43) and defensive end Leonard Williams (92) celebrate a fumble by the Indianapolis Colts during a NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

As the Jets enter the final quarter of their schedule in the 2018-2019 season, the reality that there will be no postseason football for Gang Green has set in. But that does not mean players are packing it in on the whole.

That's certainly not how Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams sees it.

"You can tell guys are tired of it - they want to win, no more losing," Williams told the New York Post on Friday. "I think it shows a lot."

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