This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

Coming up, your breakdown of yesterday’s loss to the Seahawks, together with detailed analysis of personnel groupings and individual performance.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle.

For the second straight week, the Jets lost by 21 points. At last, some consistency!

The Jets did make some changes this week but none of them really had a significant positive effect. The end result was the same: Killer mistakes undoing any good work and preventing the Jets from stringing together enough plays to be successful.

While the Jets were in the game deep into the second half - and arguably blew so many chances while the game was close that they should have been leading - they're an easy team to beat right now. I'm just an amateur, but I could give any team a list of things to do against this Jets team that will be successful most of the time and will probably net you enough big plays to be the difference in the game. I'd also note that this was not the case over the past few years, where it was different things every week that would let the Jets down. While I'm not going to list those things here, because I don't feel comfortable with putting up a blueprint of how to beat the Jets, it probably doesn't matter because every team the Jets seem to face has done its preparation and identified these things for themselves. This enables them to exploit some very obvious weaknesses in the Jets line-up. (Maybe I'll do it after the season is over). Needless to say, when the Jets do the same things to their opponents, they never have quite the same level of success.

Let’s look at some of those individual performances:

Quarterbacks

If you've read BGA over the years, you'll know what I think about Mark Sanchez. When he isn't decisive, he isn't very good. His red zone interception and his fumble in the second half couldn't have illustrated this any better. I'm not sure what else needs to be said. However, let's not forget that when he is decisive, he can play well. So, how do they get him back to playing more decisively? Ummm...

Rex Ryan keeps saying that Sanchez gives the Jets the best chance to win. I think a decisive Sanchez does give them the best chance to win, but he hasn't been decisive. The indecisive Sanchez we've seen over the past few games isn't an upgrade over anyone. Not even Tim Tebow. Right now, his confidence looks crushed and the juggling act of trying to get Tebow involved while trying not to adversely impact Sanchez's rhythm is failing badly.

It's barely worth trying to break down Sanchez's throws because you could count the good ones on one hand. In fact, if you were being strict, you could probably count them on one finger. He hit Jeremy Kerley in stride for a big play and most of the rest of his completions were dumpoffs - and even some of those were inaccurate. He did hit Clyde Gates downfield for a first down, but that was a risky throw that a defensive back just missed getting his hands on. He also hit Dustin Keller downfield for two first downs but one was so low that Keller had to dive to catch it and the other saw Keller wide open but the ball was delivered late and floated to him, perhaps costing him some extra yardage.

As for the rest of his throws, there were ill-advised tosses into tight coverage and inaccurate passes where he missed his target. However, once again my biggest concern was his blitz recognition. On a couple of occasions, blitzers came unblocked off the edge to sack him. While it's possible one of his blockers missed an assignment, that's still almost certainly on him to make sure he calls the protection correctly and gets rid of the ball when he sees the blitz coming. In each case, Lex Hilliard - who one would expect to know Sparano's scheme as well as anyone - could have potentially picked up the blitz, but either ran an underneath route or blocked on the other side instead. The Jets have to be able to deal with this otherwise they may never put together another scoring drive.

Last week, I said the Jets needed a rethink in terms of Tim Tebow's role. With two weeks to prepare, they installed a new play where there was no back in the backfield so that his option changed from handoff/run to dumpoff/run. This did net them a few first downs but ultimately just 27 yards on eight plays. Once again, they had 3rd and two and then 4th and one but didn't use him and came up short. Then when they had third and goal at the two, they DID use him and Keller false started. Still no touchdowns for Tebow, which is hard to fathom. If the Jets had the best short yardage offense in the NFL (which they should) maybe that would have been enough to elevate them from underachieving to in-the-mix. It's probably too late now.

My proposal: Get them to alternate series instead of changing them out during a drive. Maybe give Tebow every third drive like they do with Vladimir Ducasse. If he goes three and out, so what? That's what Sanchez is doing half the time anyway. Even if they do adopt that plan, I still would bring in Tebow as soon as they got inside the three yard line and on every third or fourth and short.

Offensive Line

Other than those mix-ups that led to unblocked rushers coming off the edge, Sanchez can't really blame his pass protection too much. Austin Howard did get beaten badly for a sack and also gave up a handful of pressures and D'Brickashaw Ferguson gave up a big hit from Chris Clemons. He only got beaten for one other pressure though - on the first play of the game. The interior line didn't surrender any pressure, other than on one play where Tebow held the ball for far too long and Mangold's man eventually got into his face. That play ended up being a first down due to a penalty. Off the bench, Jason Smith gave up a pressure, as did Ducasse, who blocked his guy initially but then allowed him to stunt to the outside.

The running game wasn't too bad with 84 yards on 22 carries despite not breaking a single run of 10 yards. The fact that they fell behind really hurt the Jets by taking away the option of continuing to run the ball. The starters basically all did okay in the running game, with Mangold and Brandon Moore standing out. When runs did fail it often came down to bad reads or bad blocks by the fullback or tight ends. That includes Jason Smith who allowed his man to burst into the background to blow up Shonn Greene on fourth and one.

The Jets have had some success in recent weeks when Ducasse entered the game, but he didn't get much of an opportunity this week. They gained 12 net yards on 11 plays with him in there. It wasn't directly his fault - in fact he had a good driving block on one play - but that was disappointing to see.

As a whole, the offensive line isn't playing badly right now. I can't see any obvious changes that they could make with this unit to improve matters.

Running Backs

Shonn Greene picked up 58 yards on 15 carries, but was unable to benefit from continuing to carry the ball deep into the fourth quarter and wearing down the defense. Contrast that with Marshawn Lynch, who only gained 45 yards on his first 15 carries, but was able to carry the ball another 12 times for 79 more yards as the Jets defense became worn out. Greene's vision and decision making have been a lot better in the last few games, but here he left some yards on the field as he went up the middle for a short gain when there was a wide open lane over the right side.

Bilal Powell's return to the lineup saw him gain seven yards on his only carry before going down with an injury on special teams. He also caught a four yard pass which was notable because since week three he had been targeted nine times with just one catch for one yard (although four of those were batted down at the line).

Lex Hilliard's struggles extended beyond the mix-ups in pass protection. He also had an inconsistent day as a blocker, dropped a pass and got beaten for a pressure. He and Greene did catch one short pass each.

Receivers

Once again Jeremy Kerley led the Jets in receiving, although other than his 43 yard catch (where he was caught from behind for at least the third time this year), he was targeted seven times for a total of just 14 yards. Still, that was much better than any of the other receivers. Clyde Gates caught one ten yard pass, Stephen Hill had no catches on two targets, Chaz Schilens wasn't targeted and Jason Hill didn't even get on the field.

At tight end, Dustin Keller's performance was extremely disappointing too. He ended up with three catches for 47 yards, but had two costly false start penalties, a third down drop and a couple of bad missed blocks.

The backups, Jeff Cumberland and Konrad Reuland each had at least one bad block and weren't targeted in the passing game, although Reuland did draw a holding penalty on one of Tebow's throws.

Defensive Line

As I've already mentioned, the run defense held up well until late in the second half, where I would attribute the fact that Lynch was able to break some longer runs to the tiredness of the Jets' front seven. The pass rush was also good, although much of the pressure actually came from the linebackers.

It was a case of good news/bad news in respect of Sione Po'uha. The good news was that he had a strong start to the game and was more disruptive than he has been in most of the games so far this season. It certainly looked like the two week layoff had had a positive effect on his ailing back, although I hasten to add that a performance like this still falls well short of his outstandingly consistent play last year where he was extremely disruptive in almost every game. The bad news is that, although he still played quite well, he wasn't as good in the second half as he was in the first half. Maybe that was because he would suffer more than most with the strain that the Jets' offensive woes put on the defense, but it will depend on how he responds to treatment this week as to whether there's any chance at all of him being able to play two games in five nights in the run-up to Thanksgiving.

Mike DeVito was also up and down, but did make some big impact plays - notably the strip sack that led to a touchdown and a big wrap-up tackle in the backfield. There were a few plays where he got driven off the line or to the ground and there was also a play where he could have had another sack on Russell Wilson but missed the tackle.

Muhammad Wilkerson scored his first NFL touchdown when he ran back the fumble forced by DeVito, but that was not his only impact, as he added a forced fumble, a couple of QB hits, a pressure and four run stuffs, including one on third down. He did see a lot of double teams too and wasn't always able to hold his ground. He was driven out of the play on Lynch's short touchdown run for example. However, this was another dominant performance from the second year man.

Quinton Coples didn't have as much of an impact as Wilkerson, but still came up with a couple of pressures and a tackle for a loss. Although it was otherwise a quiet game, he did manage to limit any negative plays, although he was another one to miss a potential sack on Wilson by letting him break his tackle.

Finally, Damon Harrison was active once again, but only really saw action in the goal line packages. He almost made the stop on Lynch's touchdown run, getting some penetration and grabbing hold of Lynch, but was unable to prevent him from breaking the plane.

Linebackers

It was the linebacker position that yielded the most interesting performances this week, almost across the board. The Jets had made some tweaks to their rotations, notably making Aaron Maybin a healthy scratch and promoting Ricky Sapp to the active roster for his first NFL game. They also gave Garrett McIntyre some rotational reps and split duties between Demario Davis and Bart Scott alongside David Harris.

The first thing to note, which I would imagine went largely unnoticed, is that Bryan Thomas had probably his best performance since 2010. Thomas had three pressures and half a sack as a pass rusher and was in on four run stuffs, including one on a key third down play. He did a good job of setting the edge all day and wasn't really taken out of any plays.

Perhaps the most confounding performance came from Calvin Pace. Pace had a terrific first half performance with four pressures, a fumble recovery and a batted pass with no real negative plays. However, the script flipped and he was as bad in the second half as he had been good in the first half. It started with a bad missed tackle on third down in the flat, then continued as he misread and overran the play three times, enabling Wilson to roll out to the right for some big first downs. Finally, he had another missed tackle. In the second half, he had no positive plays, making it one of the more Jeckyll/Hyde type performances I can recall seeing.

I don't think he's going to grade out that badly but I was extremely disappointed with the performance of David Harris. Although the defense played well in the first half, Harris was rarely around the football which is completely out of character. He had hardly any influence on the fact that the Jets were able to more or less shut the Seahawks down for most of the half. At the same time, it didn't seem like he was getting taken out of too many plays, which is usually the case in his quieter performances. Maybe the Seahawks deliberately stayed away from him and tried attacking different parts of the defense instead. I don't know. Harris made more noise in the second half, getting in on four run stuffs, including one in the backfield and adding a half sack and one pressure. He did also have two bad missed tackles - one to enable Lynch to break it to the second level for the first time all day and the other to allow Golden Tate to break away from him in the flat and convert on third down.

For someone who was not expected to play, Scott played extremely hard. He was attacking the line of scrimmage all day and blew up several runs. He also added a sack and a pressure. It wasn't until late in the game that he had any negative plays, as he was another one that seemed to tire at the end.

I still believe that Scott's recent reduction in playing time is more down to his health than his level of play and this game was further evidence of that as he certainly outplayed Davis. Davis overpursued a couple of plays, took some bad angles, gave up a couple of catches and got blocked out of a few plays. He did get some pressure in the pass rush, but let himself down with a missed tackle on Wilson in the pocket.

In his NFL debut, Sapp gave a strong account of himself. He chased Wilson out to the sideline on one play and beat the left tackle on the outside a few times, including once where he chased Wilson from the pocket. He also had one blitz where he lined up on the edge and went up the middle, creating a lane for his teammate to get the sack. There was one running play where he was driven back off the line and then tried to get back into the play but Lynch was able to drive the pile for about eight yards, but other than that he didn't do anything wrong - although maybe he should have recovered that fumble. He seems to have done enough to earn at least a second look.

McIntyre stuffed one run and beat his man for a pressure, but Marcus Dowtin and Nick Bellore just played on special teams.

Defensive Backs

Antonio Cromartie continues to lead the secondary, making a big hit in the flat and breaking up a pass in the end zone. However, that pass breakup came as he was fooled by a flea-flicker and had to recover and he was also fooled on the WR option pass and beaten for a score. It's good that Cromartie has been more aggressive in run support this year - and he did make one good run stop - but the Seahawks took note of that and exploited it. Cromartie also overpursued on one other running play. His performance in coverage has been almost flawless since Revis went down, but he can't afford to try and do too much and start missing coverage assignments as a result.

Kyle Wilson got off to a disappointing start, giving up a first down on Seattle's second play of the game and then a touchdown on the next play. In each case, he was in pretty good position, but still continues to be out-physicalled by receivers at this level. Despite all the vitriol hurled at him, it is worth noting that he didn't give up a catch over the entire rest of the game and was in good position on two more incompletions.

With Isaiah Trufant suffering an early injury, Ellis Lankster saw a lot of action as the slot corner. While he did a great job as a pass rusher (one hit, one pressure, one strip sack), he also got beaten for a touchdown and one other first down and missed a couple of tackles.

At safety, Yeremiah Bell was flagged for an illegal hit late in the game on what was one of the worst calls of the season so far. However, he got away with a flag despite the protestations of the crowd when he tackled a scrambling Wilson on the outside. Alongside him, LaRon Landry had a poor game with three more missed tackles, a blown coverage and a pass interference penalty in the end zone. There was also one play where he lined up close to the line of scrimmage and shot the gap which not only opened up a big hole behind him, but also took out his teammate (Thomas) on his outside shoulder, preventing him from being able to stop the play too. Landry did make one good open field tackle on Wilson.

Eric Smith also saw plenty of action but did not have much of an impact - positively or negatively.

Special Teams

The special teams unit continues to be a disaster. Nick Folk had a kickoff out of bounds, Kerley had another momentum-shifting muff and Robert Malone continues to outkick his coverage. Marcus Dowtin added a penalty, Lankster had a missed tackle, Hilliard badly blew a block and Gates had only one kickoff return past the 20.

On the positive side, Malone did land four kicks inside the 20 and Aaron Berry and Davis each had good tackles in coverage.

This unit is still playing poorly though and we don't expect that from a Mike Westhoff unit. It's a sorry state of affairs in what should be his farewell season.

Conclusions

While, on paper, this looked like a really tough game for the Jets, in weighing it up during the week, I was confident that the Jets could do a pretty good job defensively against the run - especially once I heard that Po'uha and Scott would play. What I was not expecting was for the Jets to be able to get so much pressure on Wilson, although I did have hope that the secondary could limit the damage. In that respect, you could say that the defensive performance exceeded my expectations. With the running game still not clicking on all cylinders, but still much better than it had been early on in the season, everything was set up for Sanchez to be able to win this game for the Jets.

In retrospect, maybe it was set up for Sanchez to be the difference in the game and that he was. While I don't expect big numbers from Sanchez, especially against the Seahawks' formidable secondary, it shouldn't be too much to ask to expect mild competence. However, even this eluded him and this turned out to be yet another game where the Jets are chasing uphill all day long and suffer constant setbacks as they perpetually shoot themselves in the foot. It's not all his fault and, as noted above, he IS capable of playing well. Right now, the Jets season is taking on the same characteristic as those all-too-often seen games. They are chasing uphill and suffering constant setbacks. The margin of error which was already almost nothing is now at absolute zero and the Jets seemingly have no traction whatsoever to turn things around.

There are some (other) lousy teams on the schedule coming up, so plenty of winnable games, but unfortunately the Jets have three games to make up just to get to .500 and right now don't look like a team that's capable of winning one in row, let alone three. Still, a win on Sunday against Schottenheimer, Hunter, Mulligan and Co. gets them back to 4-6 and they made the postseason from 4-6 in 2009, so you never know...

...okay, sometimes you know.

We're back to normal service now, so hit me with your BGA questions in the comments section and I will answer them for you in BGA Extra on Wednesday or Thursday.

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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:

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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.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Elijah McGuire, Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The last time Sam Darnold was under center for the Jets, his rookie season was in a freefall.

In his last three games, he had completed just 47.3 percent of his passes for 588 yards, with two touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had a dismal passer rating of 43.2.

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Manish Mehta responds to Bowles 00:02:56
Daily News Jets writer Manish Mehta responds to Todd Bowles' denial of his story about tension between and GM Mike Maccagnan and himself.

Even though Todd Bowles claims there was "never any tension" between him and anyone else on the Jets staff, New York Daily News Jets writer Manish Mehta isn't buying it. 

Mehta doubled down on his Daily News report Friday, saying the head coach's denial of friction between him and GM Mike Maccagnan were "predictable" and he wouldn't expect the two to publicly say otherwise.

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New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee is chased by Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack after an interception in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee is chased by Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack after an interception in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets season still manages to reach a new low. 

Linebacker Darron Lee was suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, the team announced on Friday. 

Lee will begin his suspension immediately and will be eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Dec. 31, the day after their final game. 

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