'Boomer And Gio': Are Jets About To Go On A Tear?

Gang Green Won 2nd Straight Game Sunday

Boomer and Gio
November 18, 2019 - 9:55 am

The Jets are taking steps forward. Can they keep it going in the coming weeks? 

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The Jets beat up on the Redskins 34-17 on Sunday to win their second game in a row. Sam Darnold is once again looking like a young quarterback with worlds of potential, passing for 293 yards and four touchdowns.

But the caveat to Gang Green's improved play is its last two wins have come against teams that have combined for three wins this season. 

"The most important thing that came out of this game was Sam Darnold and the way that he looked, because scarier than all the losses mounting up in 2019 for the Jets, it was the questions that were mounting up about Adam Gase and Sam Darnold and if the head coach and the quarterback were right together and they can get out of us," Gregg Giannotti said on WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" show on Monday morning.

"Now, does a win against the Giants, a win against the Redskins mean all of a sudden these guys are on track and they're winning the AFC East next year? No. But if they had continued to lose, especially to terrible football teams, then you probably would've had to start this whole thing all over again."

Added Boomer Esiason: "You don't want this to be Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky, like what's going on in Chicago right now. You want to see growth, you want to see improvement, you want to see a quarterback that is continuing to grow. And the last couple of weeks, you could say that, yeah, Sam Darnold looks like he can play at the NFL level."

Jets QB Sam Darnold passes against the Redskins on Nov. 17, 2019.
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Esiason also praised the play of the Jets' defense, most notably safety Jamal Adams. 

"When you're playing against rookie quarterbacks like Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones, Gregg Williams and the defense have got to set the tone," he said. "And Jamal Adams had another unbelievable game. He's got five sacks in the last two games. He's unbelievable. They can't find him. They don't know where he's coming. And when he does come, he is a coming like a house on fire. He is flying."

The Jets will face a tougher test Sunday at home against the 6-4 Raiders. That will be followed by games at Cincinnati (0-10) and home versus the Dolphins (2-8).

Boomer and Gio agreed it's not out of the question that the Jets could upset Oakland. Giannotti said he wasn't impressed with the Raiders' offense against the Bengals on Sunday. And Esiason said it could be a trap game for Oakland, which plays the division-leading Chiefs the following week. 

"I want to see them beat the Raiders this week, and I want to see them continue to grow," Boomer said of the Jets. 

"You could have a real legitimate winning streak here," Giannotti said.

To listen to the open from Monday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.