No, you are not reading that headline wrong; the New York Jets finally won their fourth game, snapping their six-game losing streak by defeating the Buffalo Bills, 27-23, on Sunday, Dec. 10.
After missing the past three games with a strained right foot injury, starting quarterback Sam Darnold made his return to the field and did not disappoint, as he completed 16 of 24 passes for 170 yards and seven yard touchdown to wide-receiver Robby Anderson, including three passes for 52 yards during the team’s game-winning drive. Despite having to exit the game in the first quarter when he hurt the same foot, Darnold returned for the next offensive series to later lead his first fourth-quarter comeback win in the NFL.
While Darnold may have been the Jets’ major contributor, the team’s young running back duo of rookie Trenton Cannon and second-year Elijah McGuire put the points on the scoreboard, in which Cannon had a four-yard rushing touchdown that was after an 86 kickoff return from wide-receiver Andre Roberts and McGuire recorded a one-yard rushing touchdown to win the game with only 1:17 left. McGurie, who replaced veteran Isaiah Crowell after he left with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, finished with 60 yards on 17 carries.
The Bills miscues had a major effect on the game, as their starting quarterback, Josh Allen, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble, where the first interception and fumble led to two field goals from kicker Jason Meyers and the second interception came from cornerback Trumaine Johnson with 59 seconds left to seal the victory.
Even though head coach Todd Bowles’ is still likely to be fired when the regular season ends, he was just happy for the players, saying “I’m just happy for them… to see them smile makes me smile.” With the Jets at 4-9 overall, they are now tied with the Bills for last place in the AFC East Division and will look to make it two in a row, as they return home to face the Houston Texans on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET.