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Last week, the Jets officially confirmed they had hired Gregg Williams to be the team's new defensive coordinator. Williams brings with him almost 30 years of NFL experience, but what effect will his system have on the Jets' players?

The first observation to make is that Williams is a fiery motivator who demands accountability from his players. While this was an approach that he took a step too far when he was suspended for a year due to his involvement in the "Bountygate" scandal, his players have said he's the type of coach that makes you want to run through a wall for him.

But he's not afraid to bench a high-profile player if they make a mistake, or not working hard enough in practice.

Todd Bowles used to preach accountability and demanded respect from his players, but some of the insubordination from key players in recent years would suggest that started to fall on deaf ears. Williams' more abrasive style might create a bit of a culture shock at first, but you'd expect most players to respond well to him.

Williams' system has also been a cause of much debate. However, that concern could be overblown. The system is widely considered a 4-3 base, differentiating it from the past three Jets' coaches - Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan and Bowles - who operated out of a 3-4 base. Transitioning from Herm Edwards' 4-3 Tampa Two system into Mangini's 3-4 proved to be a headache as middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma was ill-equipped to take on more blocks with one less lineman ahead of him, and DeWayne Robertson wasn't built for a two-gapping role.

Certain sections of the media and Jets fanbase are understandably wary about a similar scheme shift in 2019. However, Edwards and Mangini each operated systems that were notoriously rigid and inflexible, whereas Bowles, Ryan and Williams all operate hybrid defenses with built-in flexibility, multiple fronts, and a variety of personnel packages.

It's a misnomer to consider Williams' defense as a pure 4-3, as he plays a variety of different packages and should be able to find a role for anyone. If anything, it's closest to Ryan's defense, as Williams admits he developed his system from that of Rex's father Buddy Ryan.

Consider Henry Anderson, who joined the Jets for the bargain price of a seventh-round pick and went on to have a career year as he tied for the team lead with seven sacks. Anderson was available for such a cheap price because he wasn't a fit for the Colts' new 4-3 system.

Some have suggested the Jets hiring Williams means there's no point re-signing Anderson now. But, for the majority of last season, Anderson was getting most of his work in sub-packages anyway, not in the base defense. So, if he re-signs he could end up in a very similar role despite the move from Bowles to Williams.

Leonard Williams is a player who could be rejuvenated in the new system. He played in a 4-3 scheme at USC and, in 2015, the Jets primary defensive front was a four-man setup as they sought to get Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison into the game at the same time as the rookie Williams.



Within those fronts, Williams primarily lined up inside, but also sometimes lined up on the edge, so the Jets can be flexible about who they employ on the line with him.

Darron Lee is another player who played in a 4-3 in college and who could respond well if the Jets opt to run more packages of that nature. He's fared well in coverage - especially last year - in his career so far, but has at times been washed out in between the tackles. Playing him as the mike in passing situations could be an option as well.

Cornerback Trumaine Johnson will hope that he can bounce back playing for Williams, under whom he enjoyed some success in the past. Many Jets fans were surprised the team employed Johnson in off-coverage so much last year when his reputation suggested he was capable of excelling in press coverage.

That was how Williams preferred to use him, including in 2015, when Johnson had career highs in interception (seven) and passes defensed (17).

One final point about Williams' system is that he likes to bring a lot of pressure, and is creative in how he goes about that. However, despite his stoic reputation, Bowles already had one of the more aggressive defenses in the league in terms of blitzing, so perhaps not much will change here.

Hopefully, the main difference will be that Williams' players will be less apt to screw up the coverage on the back end.

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The 2-7 Jets travel to our nation's capital to face the 1-8 Redskins on Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Nov. 17, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Free agent Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts from the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga.. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) (Todd Kirkland/AP)
Free agent Colin Kaepernick participates in a workout for NFL football scouts from the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Riverdale, Ga.. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) (Todd Kirkland/AP)

Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod in recent years and his opportunity to finally workout for NFL teams on Saturday went no differently. 

After a disagreement about the way the workout would go down in Atlanta, Kaepernick moved the time and location.

Per a release from the NFL, at 2:30 p.m., Kaepernick, upset with the lack of media viewing allowed for the workout, moved the event an hour away from the original location and slated it for a 4 p.m. start. The new location also included a live stream of his workout. 

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Jets vs Skins preview 00:01:08
With QB Sam Darnold seemingly back in the groove, the Jets look to make it two wins in a row when they face the Redskins on Sunday.

Like much of his team's 2019 season, things haven't gone according to plan for Jets running back Le'Veon Bell

Brought in by the team's former front office led by then-general manager Mike Maccagnan, Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets this offseason after sitting out last season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers. The plan was a Bell-Sam Darnold one-two punch on the Jets offense. 

Easier said than done so far. 

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Colin Kaepernick was set to hold a workout in Atlanta Saturday afternoon, and while it's still expected to take place, the time and location have been moved.

The stage was set for 24 NFL teams, including both the Jets and Giants, to get a look at Kaepernick, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2016. 

But shortly before the workout was set to take place, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported there was an issue.

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Gase, Jets look for 2 in a row 00:01:25
SNY's Jeane Coakley talks with Jets Head Coach Adam Gase about the support of ownership and the progression of QB Sam Darnold.

The Ryan Kalil experiment for the Jets has come to an end. 

The Jets announced on Saturday that the center will head to the injured reserve list, ending his season, and perhaps career. 

In a corresponding move, the Jets signed offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi to the team's 53-man roster from their practice squad.

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Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase looks on from the sidelines during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

This season, the Jets have had losing streaks of four and three games, but for just the second time this season, the Jets have a chance to win two games in a row.

"Guys have just put their head down and go to work," Adam Gase said on Friday. "Once we hit Wednesday, we put last week behind us. Our guys know, and we talked about it before, we got to get ready for the next one because that's the only one that matters.

"You never want to take a step back, you want to be able to look at your season and say, 'Hey, we're getting better as we go,' and then you're playing the best football at the end of the year. That's why to me these last seven games are so important. Keep trending upward, we don't want to be peaks and valleys."

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Jets prep for Redskins 00:01:28
Le'Veon Bell and Gregg Williams on the challenges the Redskins will present on both sides of the ball this Sunday

In the first half of the Jets' season, almost anything that could have gone wrong, did.

With Sam Darnold sidelined for three games due to mono, plus other injuries to key players like CJ Mosley, the Jets stumbled out of the gates to a 1-7 record.

But Gang Green rebounded to beat the Giants last week in a 34-27 game, and now the team hopes to take some momentum into this Sunday's game at Washington.

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January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) runs against Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Colin Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but the quarterback could be making his return to NFL action in the near future. 

Kaepernick will hold a private workout on Saturday in Atlanta, and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has previously confirmed that both the Jets and Giants will be in attendance. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, more than 24 NFL teams will be on hand to watch the former 49er work out.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (68) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

At the end of Thursday night's game between the Browns and Steelers, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hit Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet, causing a massive brawl between the two teams.

Many NFL players were shocked to see such a violent act take place during a game, and it made Jets veteran offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum ask the question if Garrett could get in more trouble than just a suspension and fine.

"If he's going to be charged with assault or not?" Beachum told reporters."I think that should be a question... I mean, it's a slippery slope. But it's a possibility for sure."

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The saddest thing about the current state of the Jets is that this was supposed to be the year they arrived. After nine years of waiting for a playoff game, after enduring three years of rebuilding under ex-GM Mike Maccagnan, it was all supposed to come together in 2019.

Not only didn't that happen, but now the Jets appear to be on the brink of a rebuilding project again.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Avery Williamson, Chris Herndon, Christian Hackenberg, CJ Mosley, Jachai Polite, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Jonotthon Harrison, Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Quincy Enunwa, Quinnen Williams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Gase talks Enunwa complaints 00:00:31
Jets head coach Adam Gase addresses the critical comments about the team posted to social media by injured receiver Quincy Enunwa.

Quincy Enunwa tweeted on Thursday night that he has been fined nearly $28,000 by the Jets for missing two treatment sessions.

In the Twitter thread, Enunwa claims that one of the missed sessions came when he took his wife, who is a veteran, out for lunch on Veterans Day. Enunwa attributed the second missed treatment to an emergency at this house.

Enunwa played in just one game for the Jets this season, suffering his second neck injury of his career in a Week 1 loss to Buffalo before heading to Injured Reserve.

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Darnold on Gase job security 00:01:05
Sam Darnold responds to Christopher Johnson's comments about Adam Gase's job security. The QB says he has a good relationship with Gase.

On Wednesday, Jets owner Christopher Johnson told reporters that head coach Adam Gase will be returning for the 2020-21 season, despite the team's current 2-7 record.

Many players were pleased to hear this news, especially second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who spoke to media during Thursday's press conference.

"I think if everything works out how it's supposed to, and Adam's here again, I think that would be absolutely amazing," Darnold said. "Already going into OTA's and knowing the whole offense, and even being able to build off of things we've already done this year. It would be incredible."

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Adams on being a Jet for life 00:01:29
Jamal Adams responds to Christopher Johnson's comments about being a Jet for life and talks about being AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson was candid when asked about S Jamal Adams on Sunday, saying "I would love to have Jamal on this team forever."

The feeling is mutual.

"S--t, I want to be a Jet for life, too," Adams told reporters on Wednesday. 

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Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jan 1, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the fourth quarter at Levis Stadium Seahawks defeated the 49ers 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

All 32 NFL teams received notification Tuesday of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's private workout Saturday in Atlanta, and both franchises from New York are set to be on hand.

The Jets and Giants will each have a representative in attendance for Kaepernick's session, which the league helped set up, an NFL source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday.

The two teams have their respective franchise signal in Jets second-year pro Sam Darnold and Giants rookie starter Daniel Jones, and they have at least one backup between the Jets' Luke Falk and the Giants' Eli Manning.

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Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Christopher Johnson made official what was already pretty obvious, despite the knee-jerk screams to the contrary. He has no plans to fire Jets coach Adam Gase in the middle of his first season, nor will he fire him after the season either.

And despite the pain and the agony of yet another losing season, that is absolutely the right thing to do.

Consider this a moment of sanity: It simply would've been crazy to fire a coach for the second time in a calendar year. And it would've been insane to make Gase the scapegoat for the mess this season has become.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets fans don't want to think about this past NFL trade deadline when S Jamal Adams was reportedly almost dealt away. He wasn't traded, but it didn't create a little rift between Adams and the front office. 

Since then, the choppy waters have settled, and Jets owner Christopher Johnson may have just put them at a standstill with his comments Wednesday on the dynamic Pro Bowler.

"Jamal is a fantastic player. We saw that this Sunday. He's an extraordinary player," Johnson told reporters. "He's the kind of player you can build around -- you should be around given the chance. Absolutely amazing."

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Johnson says Gase's job is safe 00:01:44
SNY's Jeane Coakley speaks with Rich Cimini to analyze Chris Johnson's strong commitment to sticking with head coach Adam Gase.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that he won't be moving on from head coach Adam Gase this season. 

In fact, he'll be returning for the 2020-21 season.

He will be trusted, along with GM Joe Douglas, to lead the Jets next season and hopefully turn things around.

"I want to assure you there will be no changes in coaches here," Johnson said. "Adam has the trust of this team. He has the trust of Sam [Darnold]. He has Joe's trust. He has my trust. He's a good man. He's a good coach."

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) shake hands after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets head coach Adam Gase entering another week coming off a win at home, searching for his team's first win streak of the season. They have a good chance to make that happen against the lowly Redskins, whose only win this season came against the Dolphins. 

During his daily presser before practice, Gase was brought to the attention of some of his players saying this franchise as had a hard time sustaining success, though. Just when it looks like they've turned the corner with a big win, they end up taking a loss the next week to counteract it. 

That's why Gase is determined to focus solely on this week, and not have the win in the back of his mind. For him, the past week -- win or loss -- doesn't matter. 

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Jets S Jamal Adams (Robert Deutsch)
Jets S Jamal Adams (Robert Deutsch)

After arguably the best performance of his career and one of the best defensive performances in the NFL this season, Jets safety Jamal Adams has been rewarded.

Adams, who had nine tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles in Sunday's win over the Giants, has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

On one of the sacks Adams had on Sunday, he ripped the ball right out of Daniel Jones' hands and raced to the end zone for a touchdown.

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (green hat) looks on during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase (green hat) looks on during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Adam Gase joined ESPN and YES Network's The Michael Kay Show on Tuesday to discuss the Jets' huge win over the Giants this past week.

Gase discussed the performance of his young quarterback Sam Darnold and how his play seemed different when compared to other weeks this season.

"I thought he played really well," Gase told Michael Kay. "He did a great job of controlling really the things that he could control. He did a good job of making the right decision when he was in the pocket, whether it be taking a sack, throwing the ball away, just those little tiny things instead of trying to go out there and win it by himself. He did a good job of spreading the ball around, doing what he had to do to move the ball down the field."

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon (89) answers questions from media during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It was announced by Jets head coach Adam Gase that TE Chris Herndon and G Brian Winters suffered tough injuries during the win over the Giants on Sunday. Now, it's the last game the two Jets will play this season. 

The Jets announced via Twitter that both Herndon and Winters have been placed on the season-ending IR. Herndon suffered a fractured rib, while Winters re-dislocated his shoulder and may need surgery. 

This is particularily tough for Herndon, who had the exact opposite sophomore campaign (or lack thereof) than his rookie season, where he proved to be a playmaker at the tight end position.

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Vernon Hargreaves (Kirby Lee)
Vernon Hargreaves (Kirby Lee)

The Jets need some cornerback help, and the Bucs may have just helped them out a bit with a transaction on Tuesday. 

Tampa Bay released Vernon Hargreaves III, a former first-round pick back in 2016, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hargreaves, who was arguably the top cornerback prospect coming out of Florida in that Draft, hasn't panned out with the Bucs. And during the team's loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, a certain non-hustle play that resulted in a large gain for Arizona prompted head coach Bruce Arians to bench him for the rest of the game. 

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Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)
Chris Herndon (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets win over the Giants in Week 10 came as a costly one. 

Head coach Adam Gase said two starters, tight end Chris Herndon and offensive lineman Brian Winters, both suffered extensive injuries. 

Herndon, who was making his season debut, fractured a rib. Winters re-dislocated his shoulder and may need surgery. 

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Jets grades after beating Giants 00:05:07
In the Jets Post Game show Ray Lucas and Bart Scott grade the New York Jets after their 34-27 win over the Giants.

The Jets picked up their second win of the season on Sunday over the cross-town rival Giants, and the guys in the studio were pleased with the team's performance.

SNY's Ray Lucas and Bart Scott gave grades out to all aspects of the team, starting with the offense and moving on through the defense and special teams before reaching their thoughts on the coaching.

All in all, the Jets received some of their highest grades of the season from the guys after getting back on track with a win.

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Everyone can rest after Jets win 00:02:08
Ray Lucas and Bart Scott are happy after the Jets 34-27 win. It was a win the "team needed". Ray even hands out a golden football.

With both the Jets and Giants coming into Sunday's matchup on multi-game losing streaks and the New York media spinning this game up to decide who gets to call themselves the "best team in New York," you could say there was a lot riding on this matchup for both teams.

SNY's Bart Scott and Ray Lucas feel that now that the Jets have come out victorious, that outside noise will go away for now and the team can get some much needed rest.

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Crowder: Jets showed resiliency 00:00:59
Jamison Crowder talked to Jeane Coakley after the Jets win. The wide out believes the team can build on this win to start a win streak.

Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder spoke with SNY's Jeane Coakley after the team's 34-27 win over the Giants.

"I thought we played a really good game today," Crowder said. "Like you said, started out hot, kind of stalemated a little bit. But then was able to finish at the end of the game, and that's what we needed... Some things we still got to clean up, as always, but I thought we played good overall."

Crowder had five catches for 81 yards and one touchdown in the win. He scored on a 23-yard pass from Sam Darnold in the first quarter to give the Jets an early 14-0 lead.

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Jamal Adams after Jets big win 00:02:18
Jamal Adams talks to Jeane Coakley after the Jets beat the Giants. Adams forced two fumbles and scored his second-career touchdown.

There's nothing else you can think of to say about Jamal Adams' performance against the Giants other than that he was all over the place in this game.

The third-year safety out of LSU was already having a good weekend with the Tigers beating Alabama on their home field, but he carried that into an even better performance at MetLife Stadium for the Jets.

Adams led the Jets with nine tackles, two sacks on Daniel Jones, a pass defended and forced two fumbles, including a strip sack that turned into a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Adams ripped the ball right out of Jones' hands after beating Saquon Barkley off the line of scrimmage, and took the ball to the house without it ever touching the ground.

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the 1st quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the 1st quarter against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

In their first game against each other at their shared home in MetLife Stadium, Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold put up some solid numbers for their respective teams. But Darnold got the last laugh as the Jets pulled out a 34-27 win over the Giants.

On paper, it seems that Jones got the best of Darnold based on individual statistics--Jones finished the game 26-of-40 for 308 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, compared to Darnold's not as eye popping performance of 230 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-30 passing--Darnold also ran in for a touchdown, as well.

But the glaring issues for Jones came at a familiar spot that's been hurting him all season: holding on to the football while in the pocket.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Jamal Adams, Jamison Crowder, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Jets happy after team win 00:01:32
Le'Veon Bell and Sam Darnold were content after the 34-27 win. Bell was complimentary of Sam and leading the team during the comeback.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The season has already been embarrassing for the Giants. On Sunday they managed to make it worse.

And that's a huge problem for Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and his coaching staff after the Giants lost to the awful Jets, 34-27. Things were bad enough, but a loss to the crosstown rivals is a humiliating defeat that is sure to enrage owner John Mara. Even worse: They've now got two weeks to stew about it, thanks to an ill-timed bye.

To this point, Shurmur wasn't really on a hot seat and his coaching staff wasn't in much danger. The Giants underwent an uncharacteristic, in-season change just two years ago and don't really have an appetite to do that again. GM Dave Gettleman also genuinely seems to like Shurmur as a coach, and according to a team source, has preached patience and believes the team is headed in the right direction.

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The Jets lost some protection for Sam Darnold in their tight matchup with the Giants Sunday, as right guard Brian Winters has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a shoulder injury.

On a 3rd-and-11, Darnold tried connecting with Robby Anderson for the first down, but Anderson couldn't complete the catch before being taken down hard to the ground. The receiver was shaken up on the play and seemed to hurt his shoulder/collarbone, but was able to leave the field under his own power and eventually return to the game.

Back at the line of scrimmage, Winters was hit by another member of the offensive line and went down holding his shoulder area. He too was able to leave the field on his own after trainers came to check on him while down on the field. 

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