The Jets are worse than the tanking Dolphins but better than the supposedly urgent Giants.
Cue the five-alarm fire for coach Pat Shurmur and the Giants and a sigh of relief for coach Adam Gase and the Jets, who were in the conversation for worst NFL team after duds the last few weeks.
Daniel Jones outplayed Sam Darnold in the boxscore but the Jets’ 34-27 win at their shared home of MetLife Stadium was more about which team was more inept: The Giants had the worse defense, the worse offensive line and the worse coaching adjustments on the way to a sixth straight loss.
Things got so bad for the Giants (2-8) they had to punt with less than three minutes remaining and no timeouts remaining because it was fourth-and-19 from their own 3-yard line. Allowing six sacks will create desperation.
Saquon Barkley carried 13 times for just 1 yard, while Le’Veon Bell looked like a hero by comparison with 18 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown. The Jets (2-8) scored the final 13 points.
The lead changed hands twice in the second half, with the Jets squandering a 21-13 lead by allowing 14 consecutive points and the Giants blowing a 27-21 lead by giving up the next 13 on three straight series.
Jones threw for 294 yards and, for the second time in eight career starts, threw four touchdowns. The first two went to Darius Slayton, the next two to Golden Tate.
The Jets get the win, but alas, both teams are going nowhere.