Since we've started the TJB Hall of Fame, we have always tried to recognize players from a variety of different eras of the Jets whether they are Super Bowl champions from the sixties, the dark days of the seventies, the rising team of the eighties or even more recent times. We have also tried to recognize those who had long and storied careers with the team, but also those whose contributions with the team while valuable, were short-lived due to the nature of the sport. With our last induction of the 2013 TJB Hall of Fame class we want to recognize a player who had a key role in helping the Jets become the resurgent team they were in the eighties, Lance Alan Mehl.

Lance Mehl played eight seasons for the New York Jets from 1980-1987 after a stellar career as an All-American at Penn State University. Mehl's talent for the game at higher levels became clear when as a backup at Penn State, Mehl tallied three sacks in limited playing time. The following season as a junior, Mehl became the Linebacker in "Linebacker U" and accumulated 96 tackles and four interceptions on a team that finished the regular season undefeated but lost to Alabama in their bowl game. As a senior, the co-captain's work on the field only improved and he earned second-team All-America honors.

At a time where the Jets were rebuilding the organization from the seventies, the Jets selected Mehl in the third round (#69 overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft to be a key defensive piece to help the Jets return to glory. While the Sack Exchange made the headlines of the era, it was Mehl and his fellow linebackers that helped seal the dominance of the Jets defense. Mehl only started one game as a rookie, but became much more involved in the defense in the coming years.

1981 was Mehl's first year as a starter as one of the team's outside linebackers, immediately demonstrating his value to the defense. For a linebacker, aside from the tackle totals, Mehl had an uncanny knack to create turnovers via interception. It was his interceptions that later became his hallmark as a Jet defender.

In 1981, Mehl notched three picks; two of those interceptions came in wins against Houston and Green Bay and helped propel the Jets into the playoffs. It was the first time the Jets had gone to the playoffs since December 20th, 1969.  At that time, the Jets lost to the Chiefs the year following their Super Bowl.  In 1981 the result was the same; the Jets lost to the Bills 31-27, but it was clear to the NFL that the Jets were again on the rise.

In 1982, Mehl started nine games due the strike-shortened season and was an instrumental member of a team that fell one game short of reaching the Super Bowl.  At the time, Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman wrote that the strike fouled things up and players like Mehl were wrongly left off the All-Pro team.

Zimmerman's words proved prophetic just five days later.  Mehl, who had two interceptions in the strike-shortened season clearly wasn't done as the Jets went into the playoffs.  After blowing out the Bengals 44-17 in the first round, the Jets traveled to Los Angeles to play Jim Plunkett and the Raiders.  After battling back in the fourth quarter and with just under five minutes remaining, the Jets clung to a three point edge (17-14) thanks in part to a long pass to Wesley Walker and then a short touchdown run by Scott Dierking.

It looked tense for the Jets as Plunkett led the Raiders offense with time running out, but it was Mehl who gained national attention by intercepting two of Plunkett's passes in the final three minutes of the game to seal the victory for the Jets.  That game defined Mehl's career and legacy with the Jets.

1983 wasn't as successful a year for the Jets as the Jets ended with a 7-9 record.  Even so, Mehl had his best season as a NFL player, leading the team in interceptions by grabbing seven.  Mehl was named the team's MVP Award winner, even in a season where Mark Gastineau had 19 sacks.  The following year, Mehl's role switched slightly and he tallied five sacks, riding the surge of Gastineau's then record-breaking 22.  With another 7-9 record, the team again failed to make the playoffs.

After two disappointing 7-9 seasons, the Jets made some coaching changes under Joe Walton for the 1985 season and Bud Carson took over the defense from Joe Gardi.  Carson was well-known as the coordinator of the Steel Curtain under Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh.  After working in a few other cities, Carson came to New York and brought with him a switch to the nascent 3-4 defense.  As the Jets switched over, the team asked Mehl to move from the RLB spot to the RILB spot.  Mehl adjusted seamlessly to the new scheme and thrived, generating 5.5 sacks and three interceptions in his first year.  That season the team went 11-5, finishing second in the AFC East before losing to the Patriots in the Wildcard round.

While the Jets stayed in the playoff race in 1986, it was also the year that Mehl received the injury that would eventually cause him to retire.

"We were playing New Orleans at Giants Stadium," Mehl later told the New York Times of his injury. "The game was in the second quarter and I was chasing Wade Wilson across the field. Suddenly, without ever being touched, the knee just gave out on me."

While Mehl probably wouldn't blame anyone, the linebacker was avoiding a collision with a teammate on the play and upon stopping short on the (at the time) ruthless artificial turf of Giants Stadium, Mehl suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, bone and cartilage. Mehl received reconstructive surgery soon after, but the medicine wasn't what it is now today and he missed the remaining eight games of the 1986 season and due to pain in his knee, was only able to play in three games in 1987.

"Since the [1986] injury to Lance, our defense hasn't been the same," Joe Walton of losing Mehl. "Lance was our signal-caller, and he was in charge of getting every one in proper position. Having him on the field was like having another coach out there ... you always hope that a player of his quality can come back."

Coaches, fans and Mehl alike all hoped he could come back.  After his injury, Mehl dedicated himself to getting back onto the field, but it came at a cost. "I tried to come back [in 1987] and ended up hurting my left knee in a game against Miami," Mehl told reporters upon his retirement at the start of the 1988 season. "I should have never come back at all ... I just can't get rid of the pain."

After skill, much of playing with longevity in the NFL comes down to managing pain.  Players today are the beneficiaries of applied science to the billion dollar business of sports, but that wasn't the case in 1988.  Leading into the 1988 season, Mehl dedicated himself totally to returning to the football field but it still wasn't enough. In a 1988 interview, Mehl described even the simple act of playing golf would involve "knifing pain" to his knee. "I spent the entire off-season trying to rehabilitate my knee, and hoped that, maybe, I'd be able to come back. But it didn't work out that way. Now I feel it's time to move on."

After his NFL career ended, Mehl returned to the Ohio Valley to live in the town of St. Clairsville. Mehl applied for workman's comp from the NFL almost immediately, but was denied. It was a common story for NFL players of the time. After that, Mehl never asked the NFL again. "I'm not going to go begging," he told Jim Baumbach of Newsday in 2008. "I can still work. I'm just not as mobile as I used to be."

As recently as the 2008 Newsday article, Mehl was working with troubled youth in hopes of leading them away from a discouraging future. In essence, Mehl's job is share with at-risk youth what it takes to become a respected and productive person.  According to the article, Mehl has enjoyed his work despite knowing that he can't reach every juvenile who walks through his door.  Mehl has learned to relish seeing graduates of his program say hello or offer a simple thanks.

Lance Mehl's career overlapped with another linebacker in New York wearing #56 and the Sack Exchange. In part because of this, and in part because of his injury, Mehl didn't get the accolades he could have otherwise received during his career.  Lance Mehl was a big playmaker for the Jets and his stellar playoff performances against Cincinnati and Oakland in 1982 were critical to the Jets making it to the AFC Championship game.  His play was also critical for the Jets becoming a relevant playoff contender in the early eightes AFC East.  While his knee injury might have slowed him down, it didn't prevent his addition to the All-Time Jets team.  Many who watched Mehl play believe that had he been capable of playing ten or more seasons, it is very likely he would be viewed in the Jets pantheon of defenders among names like Klecko and Gastineau.

By honoring and inducting Lance Mehl into the Class of 2013 TJB Hall of Fame - we hope that this will in some small way honor his legacy with the New York Jets.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) 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 offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Jets guard Kelechi Osemele said he's been told he needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. But the Jets disagree, and their feud could result in discipline if he's not back at practice on Saturday morning.

The strange dispute boiled over on Friday, three days after reports first surfaced -- and sources confirmed -- that the two-time Pro Bowler was headed for surgery. One day later, Jets coach Adam Gase declined to confirm that news, saying "We're going through our process right now."

It turns out the Jets' part of that "process" involved two doctors - their team doctor and one outside doctor - who not only said the 30-year-old wouldn't need surgery, but that he was cleared to play, according to a source. Those doctors also determined the injury was pre-existing, from before he arrived in New York, according to a source, and they believe Osemele can play through the injury -- as he has in the past -- and get it repaired at the end of the season.

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Gase happy to have Mosley back 00:02:18
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase knows you need to execute against the Patriots and he's happy to have an impact player like Mosley back.

Jets LB C.J. Mosley declared on Thursday that he would be returning Monday night against the Patriots, and he'll keep moving in the right direction on Friday.

Speaking before practice, head coach Adam Gase said that Mosley will be limited in practice and take part in team drills for the first time since his injury. Gase was also a fan of Mosley's declaration that he would be playing. 

Mosley made an enormous impact in Week 1, when he had a pick-six, recovered a fumble, and had six total tackles.

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Jets' Robby Anderson
Jets' Robby Anderson

After a frustrating start to the season, Jets WR Robby Anderson broke out in a big way last week.

With 3:46 left in the second quarter, Anderson got behind the Cowboys defense for a 92-yard touchdown to give the Jets a 14-3 lead. They clung on for a 24-22 victory, improving their record to 1-4 as they seek to defy the critics and get themselves back into the postseason hunt.

Coming just one play after a fourth down stop by rookie Quinnen Williams, the Anderson play saw him throw cornerback Chidobe Awuzie off-balance with a double-move, as he streaked down the field. He tracked Sam Darnold's deep throw all the way into his hands at midfield, catching the ball in stride and racing into the clear before the deep safety could get across.

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Bill Belichick (Bob DeChiara)
Bill Belichick (Bob DeChiara)

Jets WR Demaryius Thomas didn't hold back in a New York Daily News article when he said he felt slighted by the Patriots, who traded him to New York just days after Antonio Brown signed with New England.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was the one who broke the news to Thomas that he was being traded to the team's division rival. But Belichick was also the one that said a roster spot with the Pats was guaranteed when Thomas decided to re-sign with the club after being cut from their 53-man roster just before the start of the regular season. 

Belichick spoke to that report, and was blunt in his answer -- just like he was with Thomas.

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Mosley ready to play Patriots 00:00:46
New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley updates his injury status and says that he will play Monday night against the New England Patriots.

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley hasn't played since Week 1 due to a groin injury, but that streak will come to an end on Monday night against the Patriots. 

"I'm playing Monday night," he told reporters on Thursday.

Mosley participated in individual drills on Wednesday, and the update on him before Thursday's practice was even more promising from head coach Adam Gase.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (18) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (18) runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Since getting healthy, Jets WR Demaryius Thomas has been a solid receiving option for Gang Green, especially in the last two weeks. With Sam Darnold back against the Cowboys, he saw four catches for 62 yards to help the Jets to their first win of the season. 

But this wasn't where Thomas expected to be putting up yards this season. 

Thomas was with the Patriots this preseason, teaming up with Tom Brady and his former Broncos head coach in Josh McDaniels, who serves as New England's offensive coordinator. Thomas was cut before the start of the season, but he quickly re-signed after rookie WR N'Keal Harry went on the IR. 

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the second half against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Jets and Patriots will square off for the second time this season Monday night in an extremely short span, as the two teams saw each other just a few weeks ago during Week 3.

The Patriots hosted the Jets in the last time out and handled their business, leaving Gillette Stadium with a 3--0 record, but just based on the substitution of one player this week, Monday night could potentially be a whole different type of ballgame.

The Jets of course will be in the hands of Sam Darnold this time around, as the second-year quarterback was out with mono for the first time these two teams met this season. Luke Falk got his first career start in Week 3 with Darnold absent and struggled throughout, finishing 12 of 22 for 98 yards and an interception.

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Possible Mosley return? 00:01:04
Jets Head Coach Adam Gase on whether linebacker C.J. Mosley is ready to return to action after a groin injury

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The worst thing that happened to the Jets early in the season was losing franchise quarterback Sam Darnold.

Losing C.J. Mosley, though, was a pretty close second.

The impact of playing without Mosley for the last four-plus games maybe isn't as obvious as the impact of three games without Darnold, especially since the defense has managed to survive -- and sometimes even thrive -- in his absence. But the Jets don't underestimate how much their defensive captain means to them, and how huge it would be if he would somehow be able to get back in time for their Monday night game against the New England Patriots.

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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)

Adam Gase refused to confirm that guard Kelechi Osemele will be having surgery on his shoulder, despite reports that were confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano earlier this week that he, in fact, would be.

"We're going through our process right now," Gase said at Wednesday's press conference. 

When asked what his previous comment meant, Gase added, "That means I don't have an answer for you."

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has been named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week after his big return Sunday.

Darnold came back from his three-game absence due to mononucleosis, and put up some big numbers for the Jets in their first win of the season.

The second-year USC product went 23 of 32 for 338 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 117.6 passer rating Sunday for the Jets, as they pulled off a big 24-22 upset over the Dallas Cowboys. 

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Nov 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Blake Countess (24) reaches for a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Blake Countess (24) reaches for a pass intended for New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (19) in the fourth quarter during an NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets made a change in the team's secondary on Tuesday afternoon, signing DB Blake Countess.

Gang Green waived DB Arthur Maulet to make room on the 53-man roster.

Countess is originally a sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2016, though he never played a game with the team. After playing collegiate ball at both Michigan and Auburn, Countess did not make the Eagles' 53-man roster following his first NFL preseason. 

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Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett (77) leaves the field after warmups before the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Aug 17, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett (77) leaves the field after warmups before the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Patriots defensive end Michael Bennett has reportedly been suspended for one game ahead of Week 7's matchup with the Jets on Monday Night Football.

Bennett was not spotted at practice Tuesday after being suspended by the Patriots for conduct detrimental, as first reported by NFL Network's Michael Giardi and Ian Rapoport

The 11-year veteran reportedly was not happy with his role on the team and was not spotted at practice Tuesday.

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New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) avoids a tackle by Detroit Lions defensive back Danny Gorrer (36) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro (88) avoids a tackle by Detroit Lions defensive back Danny Gorrer (36) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jace Amaro gets another chance at professional football, but the former Jets tight end does so outside of the NFL.

Most recently with Gang Green before the 2016 season, the two-year pass catcher headlined several players with ties to New York's teams -- the Jets and Giants -- taken Tuesday in the 2020 XFL draft.

The Jets' second-round pick at No. 49 overall in the 2014 NFL draft was the Seattle Dragons' fourth-round selection, highlighting the XFL draft's first day of skill-player selections.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Not only did Jets quarterback Sam Darnold have mononucleosis -- New York's second-year starter also had strep throat.

Darnold told Albert Breer of The MMQB early Sunday evening that the past month away from the field was more than just the mono diagnosis.

For "four or five days" during the bout with mono, the 22-year-old Darnold had to additionally fight off strep, which compounded his furious recovery process.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) 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 offensive guard Kelechi Osemele (70) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets G Kelechi Osemele will have surgery to repair his injured shoulder, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Osemele missed Week 5 and Week 6 due to the shoulder and a knee injury.

While this will hurt the Jets' depth, the team was considering the potential of replacing Osemele with Alex Lewis before the injury issues began, according to Vacchiano.

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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)

A day after the Jets secured their first win of the season, Jets head coach Adam Gase had a few injuries to inform the media about. 

The biggest one -- and the one the Jets may worry about most heading into the new week -- was LT Kelvin Beachum sustaining a sprained ankle.

He is currently week-to-week, and the Jets are going to have to plan like he won't be available for the Jets' Monday night matchup against the undefeated Patriots. If that is the case, Brandon Shell, who currently serves as the team's right tackle, might have to shift over to the left side. 

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Tight end Chris Herndon has rejoined the Jets after serving his four-game suspension to begin the season. In order to make room for Herndon, the Jets have waived linebacker Frankie Luvu.

The Jets are getting back a big member of their receiving core from last season, as Herndon was second on the team in receptions with 39. The 2018 fourth-round pick also finished his rookie season with 502 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite being reinstated to the active roster, Herndon may not suit up for the Jets just yet, having injured his hamstring prior to Week 5, but he hopes to practice this week. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Sunday that the Jets are expecting him to miss two games.

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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

Leonard Williams' name popped up in trade rumors on Sunday, with ESPN's Adam Schefter reporting that "multiple teams" were interested in trading for the Jets' defensive end.

After the Jets' win over the Cowboys on Sunday, Williams addressed the rumors. And he didn't seem too bothered.

"I wouldn't say it makes me uneasy," he told reporters. "You see the best players in the league get traded and it's not like it's a personal thing. It's just the way the business is and I can't take anything personal. That's why I can't really focus on it because I can't really control it. The best thing I can control is my play and wherever I end up, just focus on that."

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Sam Darnold and Adam Gase
Sam Darnold and Adam Gase

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The Jets suddenly have a little life with the return of Sam Darnold and a big win over the Cowboys. They are feeling confident, the way they did way back in Week 1.

But it is all too little, too late?

Not necessarily, at least not if they can pull off an improbable win against the New England Patriots at the Meadowlands next Monday night in a game that is shaping up as the Jets' last stand for the 2019 season. Their odds are already long at 1-4, but their playoff path will look impossible if they fall to 1-5.

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Jets QB Sam Darnold
Jets QB Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold returned on Sunday and helped guide the Jets to a huge win over the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

It was the Jets' first win of the season after starting 0-4, and the triumph dominated the early back pages in NYC on Monday.

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The first four weeks of the season were disastrous for the Jets. Losing their starting quarterback to mono and a backup quarterback to an ankle injury undermined everything they were hoping to do.

That didn't stop the drumbeat, though, of people unhappy with Adam Gase's performance, wondering if this might be his only season with the franchise.

That's a storyline that seems pretty ridiculous now.

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Bart Scott apologizes to Gase 00:00:55
SNY's Bart Scott apologizes for how hard he's been on Jets head coach Adam Gase after getting his first win of the season against Dallas

After the Jets' offense came alive for New York's first win of 2019 in Sunday's 24-22 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys, SNY's Bart Scott got creative with an apology to Adam Gase on Jets Post Game Live.

Critical of Gase throughout the regular season's opening four games for the previously winless Jets (1-4), Scott owned up to his comments about the offense's ineffectiveness under the first-year head coach with quarterback Sam Darnold back from mononucleosis.

Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 percent) for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his first game back since Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, Sept. 8's 17-16 loss, which he played while mononucleosis started to bring him under the weather.

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Jamison Crowder 1on1 00:01:43
New York Jets receiver Jamison Crowder explains what QB Sam Darnold brings to the offense when he's under center.

The Jets offense was undoubtedly better with quarterback Sam Darnold in Week 6 as the team picked up their first win of the year over the Dallas Cowboys, 24-22. 

Wide receiver Jamison Crowder was one of the biggest beneficiaries of Darnold's return.  

"It was great. The offense, I just felt like we were able to move the football," Crowder said following the win. 

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The Jets saw quarterback Sam Darnold return to the lineup and light up the Cowboys en route to a 24-22 win over Dallas, their first of the year. Running back Le'Veon Bell was less of a factor in the outing and that's perfectly fine with him. 

Bell averaged 3.6 yards per carry, which came via 50 yards on 14 carries. He did add a touchdown, but Darnold's day stood out, especially after the lackluster quarterbacking the Jets have gotten without him in the lineup. 

Darnold had 338 passing yards and two scores with an interception. But whatever gets it done, works for Bell. Moving forward he thinks Darnold's presence will help create a more dynamic attack for the Jets, and the Darnold-Bell, one-two punch will keep opponents on their toes. 

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Robby Anderson 1on1 00:01:27
New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson thrived having QB Sam Darnold back under center but knows the team still has a lot of work to do

The Jets offense came to life with Sam Darnold under center against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. The Jets held on for a 24-22 win, but the offensive side of the ball looked its best when Darnold connected with wide receiver Robby Anderson for a score. 

Anderson led the Jets with five catches for 125 yards. A big chunk of that came on his touchdown which was a 92-yard strike that gave Gang Green a huge jolt of life and 14-3 lead late in the first half. 

Prior to the play, Anderson said he communicated to his QB that the Cowboys' secondary had been sitting on shorter routes. The ensuing throw over the top of their defense proved Anderson correct. 

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How much different did the Jets look on offense with quarterback Sam Darnold in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys?

Just ask Robby Anderson.

The wide receiver caught five passes for 125 yards and a 92-yard touchdown, igniting an offense that the Jets (1-4) desperately needed to get back on track and did against the Cowboys' defense.

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In Sunday's 24-22 win over the Cowboys, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned to the lineup in style, completing 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

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

First quarter, 14:56. No score. First play of the game at the Jets' 18-yard line.

It didn't take Darnold long to underscore the fact that they had upgraded significantly at the quarterback position.

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Jamal Adams talks Jets win 00:00:48
Jets safety Jamal Adams is pumped after solidifying the Jets first win and wants the Jets fans to keep their faith and believe in the team.

The Jets very much held on for their first win of the 2019 season, a 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It took a game-sealing blitz on the Cowboys' late two-point conversion attempt to take the win. 

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sent a pass intended for tight end Jason Witten into the ground as the Jets weren't playing chess, they were playing math. Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams dialed up an all-out blitz and there were plenty more defenders than blockers. 

The decision worked as safety Jamal Adams went in on Prescott unblocked and forced the incompletion.

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Darnold happy to get 1st win 00:01:27
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was happy to be back and help the team get their first win of the season

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Sam Darnold is back. And so is the Jets' offense.

In case anyone needed proof that the problem the last three weeks had been poor quarterback play, the 22-year-old Darnold showed how much a difference even a competent quarterback can make. And he was more than competent. He was outstanding. Playing for the first time since Week 1, he completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception

It was enough to let the Jets hang on for their first win of the season -- 24-22 over the Dallas Cowboys.

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Thomas on his tough upbringing 00:02:28
New York Jets receiver Demaryius Thomas sat down with SNY's Jeane Coakley and opened up on his mother and grandmother's incarceration.

SNY's Jeane Coakley sat down with Jets wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, and talked about his difficult upbringing.

Thomas is thankful to have gone to church and Bible study, instead of doing other activies.

"But I could have easily went the opposite way and been in the wrong crowd," Thomas said. "But I just couldn't be that kid. I always wanted to take care of my sisters, my family, my mom, grandmother. I always had in my mind that they'd get out one day, and they was able to get out."

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