The Jets have a lot of problems to fix. A lot. What happened on Sunday against the Steelers doesn’t change any of that.
But their 16-10 win over Pittsburgh is a reason to believe that maybe, just maybe the Jets can get this thing turned around more quickly than we might have thought.
With a quarterback that’s still learning and an offensive line that’s still one of the worst in the NFL, Sam Darnold and the Jets (6-9) did enough to beat one of the best defenses in the league.
Darnold, despite struggling for most of the second half, made a couple of key plays on a field goal drive late in the fourth quarter that helped them pull out the win. Darnold finished 16-of-26 for 183 yards and a touchdown.
“We did what we had to do to win,” Jets coach Adam Gase said. “We knew it was going to be a grind-it-out game. We were trying to win the time of possession. We didn’t do that. We had too many three-and-outs. But our defense knew exactly what it had to do.”
The Jets are now 5-2 in their last seven games after starting 1-7. They’ve won six games for the first time since 2015.
Sunday’s game doesn’t mean the Jets will be good in 2020. There are so many players who won’t be back and still so many key holes to fill. But by beating the playoff-contending Steelers, there should be hope that if things swing right for them this offseason, they can be a much more competitive team in 2020.