Gang Green will face another playoff contender this week in the Rams. The Jets (0-13) could use a game against a team in their weight class, but that didn’t come, as the last three games were against teams with playoff prospects, and that continues on Sunday. in Inglewood, California.
The Jets enter this game with football’s worst offense (269.8 yards per game). The Rams (9-4) enter the game with the best defense in football (allowing 285.8 yards per game). This one could get very ugly.
The question on the Jets for weeks was whether this team would thrill them and put in less effort. Even in the 40-3 loss to the Seahawks last week, it didn’t sound like lack of effort, just lack of talent.
Coach Adam Gase was asked this week if the players have started dreaming about where they will fly when the season ends in two weeks.
“I didn’t see this,” Gase said. “I think the guys did a good job resetting and getting ready to move on to the next one. They know what kind of challenge we have this week, they know how we have to play, they know it has to be a well-played side football game so that we can set ourselves up in the fourth quarter.
This is the Jets’ third trip to the West Coast last month and their second in two weeks. The original plan was to stay west and train between games for the Seahawks and Rams, but COVID-19 protocols have caused them to change those plans, and they will take four cross-country flights in 10 days.
“I think on Wednesday we were a little slow, I know this trip has been a long trip, just trying to get the guys back on time and things like that,” Gase said. “On Thursday there was a noticeable increase in energy level, execution, practice. When we left the practice [Thursday] I felt good about what we are.
For quarterback Sam Darnold, a trip to the Los Angeles area should have been a happy homecoming. Darnold grew up about an hour south in San Clemente and is said to have had family and friends in the stands. Instead, he’ll play in an empty stadium for a winless team with their future in question.
“I couldn’t wait to get home, to see a family if possible, but that’s obviously not a thing,” Darnold said. “But we can’t wait to go and play a good team and have this opportunity.”