Once every four years, the New York Jets and New York Giants play in a regular-season game known as the “Snoopy Bowl,” as the famous cartoon pup is the mascot for MetLife, which owns the naming rights to the stadium that both teams call home.
Billed as a Battle for New York, the game this year was less of a battle, and more of a competition to see which team would suffer the indignity of losing to their crosstown rival. Neither the Jets (2-7) nor the Giants (2-8) are competing for a playoff spot at this point in the season, and instead, each team is in search for elusive ‘moral victories’ that will give ownership and fanbases confidence in keeping the coaching staff around for another year.
The Jets pulled out the win, and in doing so took head coach Adam Gase‘s keister off the hot seat, at least for a week. Jets fans may not like that by winning, the Jets are only increasing the likelihood that Gase will man the sidelines in 2020 – a plane with a “Fire Adam Gase” banner has already been spotted, eight games into his tenure – but winning really does cure all ills in the NFL. If Gase can finish this season with a couple of wins strung together, you better believe he’ll survive the offseason.
New York Giants-New York Jets: Shootout at MetLife Stadium
Coaching staff aside, the Jets played their most complete game of the season in Week 10. All three phases of the game clicked for Gang Green, and they played with an energy missing so far in 2019. Sam Darnold rebounded and played excellent football, going 19-30 for 230 yards and 1 touchdown, adding another with his legs. He never turned the ball over, and never got close to doing so either. He was accurate, stood tall in the pocket under duress, and threw darts all over the field. Darnold looked every bit the future franchise quarterback the Jets thought they had landed with the third overall pick in the 2018 draft.
Jamal Adams spearheaded a Jets defensive attack that relied heavily on the front four providing a push and bottling up the Giants’ running game. Saquon Barkley could never get going, rushing for a mind-boggling 1 yard on 13 attempts. The Jets managed to sack rookie Daniel Jones six times. And while they gave up plenty of yards through the air, they covered well enough to keep themselves in the game, which was especially impressive since they had special-teamer Arthur Maulet and sixth-round rookie Blessuan Austin each making their first starts at corner in this game. Gregg Williams deserves serious praise for getting this performance out of his defense, considering the laundry list of injuries on that side of the ball.
Final Score: The Jets win the Snoopy Bowl, 34-27.
Play of the Game: Jamal Adams bulldozing Saquon Barkley off a block and simply taking the ball from an unaware Jones, and returning it 20 yards for a Jets touchdown to start the second half.
Player of the Game: A toss-up between Darnold and Adams, but in the end, Adams gets the ball. He stole it from Daniel Jones; he gets to keep it.
Up Next: Another toilet bowl in Washington, as the Jets and Redskins match up in FedEx Field.