The New York Jets are the worst team in the NFL.
For weeks, they were mercilessly laughed at for their poor play on the pitch and were inclined to go winless with a 0-16 record.
After 51 weeks and 13 games without a win, the Jets finally got the chance to celebrate with pride, but their fan base was far from impressed.
The general consensus among the team’s loyal supporters was that the win was worse than another loss, as the Jacksonville Jaguars are now in position for the top pick in the overall standings – and the option of selecting the quarterback from Clemson Trevor Lawrence, who has been touted as a generational talent.
Jacksonville has been as bad as the Jets and has matching records of 1-13, but the Jaguars hold the tiebreaker for the top pick based on their easier schedule.
If Jacksonville loses their next two games against the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, they will be first in the 2021 draft with Lawrence with the certainty of being selected.
Adam Gase’s side were coming off their worst loss of the season, a 40-3 beating in Seattle last week. And then, despite being 17-point underdogs, they never lagged behind the Rams – who came into the game with the best defense in the NFL.
The Jets came home against the Rams 23-20, but even with 20-3 and 23-10 ahead at the end of the second period, they almost collapsed.
But they held on to avoid the third 0-16 season in NFL history.
“Hey, our job is to go out and try to win every week,” Jets coach Adam Gase said.
With two games to go, New York might have ruined their chances of winning the No. 1 overall pick, but that certainly didn’t bother quarterback Sam Darnold, who looked quite comfortable during his first professional game in his native Southern California. The former USC Trojans star clocked 22 of 31 with a touchdown pass and no interceptions.
“It doesn’t affect us,” Darnold said. “We focus on one job every week, and that’s winning a game. Other than that, we’re not focused.”