One problem is supposedly nonetheless up for debate: whether or not Sam Darnold is able to play Sunday.
One other actually just isn’t: The Jets offense is on life help.
Todd Bowles nonetheless refused Friday to call Darnold his beginning quarterback for Sunday’s recreation towards the Payments. But when the rookie lastly returns below heart for the primary time since Week 9 — and it seems to be trending that means after he was a full observe participant all week — he can be tasked with making an attempt to revive an offense that has been caught in impartial throughout a six-game dropping streak.
The Jets have scored simply three offensive touchdowns over their previous 5 video games — one fewer than Titans operating again Derrick Henry scored by himself Thursday night time. Since scoring a mixed 76 factors in back-to-back video games in wins over the Broncos and Colts, the Jets have mustered 78 factors over their previous six video games.
Darnold was not precisely lighting it up earlier than he was pressured to the sideline, throwing 4 interceptions towards the Dolphins in his final recreation earlier than hitting the bench with a sprained foot. His first recreation again might come towards the Payments, who’ve allowed the fewest passing yards and the second-fewest whole yards within the NFL.
However Bowles claimed he wasn’t prepared at hand the keys again to Darnold simply but. Final Friday, he mentioned he had already made his determination, however was protecting it to himself. Josh McCown wound up beginning, he mentioned, as a result of Darnold had not gotten sufficient reps through the week.
“Between [Sam] and Josh, they each had good weeks,” Bowles mentioned. “We’ll resolve on Sunday.”
Requested what would preclude Darnold from enjoying, Bowles responded: “Simply us deciding whether or not he’s prepared or not.”
Operating again Isaiah Crowell, in the meantime, mentioned Darnold seemed good.
“I imply, he all the time seems good,” Crowell mentioned with amusing.
However the Jets’ offensive struggles have been no laughing matter to Crowell. He voiced his want final week for extra of a dedication to the operating recreation and acquired it, taking a season-high 21 carries for 98 yards. It was the primary time since Week 6 the Jets ran extra (33) than they handed (30).
Whereas Crowell thought it made a distinction to the offense, it didn’t change their success scoring touchdowns as they settled for 5 area objectives as a substitute.
“I felt like we have been in a position to keep on the sector extra,” mentioned Crowell, who practiced Friday for the primary time this week due to a toe harm, although he mentioned he’ll be able to play Sunday.
“I felt like we did good by committing extra to the run. We have been proper there, and I really feel like we had a chance to place them away. However I really feel like we simply acquired to complete.”
The Jets have been 0-for-Three within the crimson zone towards the Titans and personal the worst red-zone share (36.7) within the NFL. The league common is 59.6 %.
“It’s simply irritating as a result of I really feel like we performed a superb recreation till that final quarter or no matter,” Crowell mentioned. “I simply really feel like we acquired to discover ways to end and hold preventing more durable. I do know we acquired what it takes on this room. I do know we acquired the expertise. We acquired to only hold preventing and do what we are able to do to win.”
Darnold’s return would possibly assist carry some life again, however Crowell mentioned it should be a full group effort to get the offense out of its extended funk.
“I really feel like we simply all acquired to do what we acquired to do,” he mentioned. “Simply coaches and gamers included, each, all people’s acquired to return collectively and produce their ‘A’ recreation, put their greatest foot ahead.”