EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 01: A.J. Johnson #45 of the Denver Broncos sacks Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 01, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The New York Jets’ 2020 song remains the same as they were defeated by the 0-3 Denver Broncos Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

Sabo Live From MetLife Stadium

  • New York Jets 28 (0-4)
  • Denver Broncos 37 (1-3)
  • NFL, Week 4, Final, Box Score
  • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The battles of winless 0-3 teams turned into a crazy Thursday night affair. Sloppiness ruled the night with penalties flying in from every angle. Sam Darnold turned into Steve Young for a brief moment. And a cornerback who now leads the league in interceptions has reimagined the phrase “all or nothing.”

Once the final clock read zero, the New York Jets ‘ 2020 song remained the same. Defeated again, Adam Gase’s squad fell to 0-4 on the season.

A Sam Ficken 36-yard field goal with 5:49 to go in regulation put the Jets up 28-27, a score they would soon relent. The very next possession saw young Brett Rypien lead the Denver Broncos on a nine-play, 40-yard drive culminating in a 53-yard Brandon McManus field goal that put them up 30-28.

A Melvin Gordon 43-yard touchdown run after a Jets’ failed fourth-and-3 put the cherry on top, 37-28.

Despite Ficken’s perfect 5-for-5 night, McManus’s 3-for-3 night coupled with a horrific Jets’ defensive effort did Gotham Green in on this night.

A 17-13 Denver Broncos’ halftime lead ballooned to 27-16 early in the fourth after a McManus 54-yard field goal. But that’s when the Jets defense turned the game around.

After a Ficken field goal, Rypien tossed a pick-6 to cornerback Pierre Desir. The Larry BrownNeil O’Donnell-Super Bowl vibes cannot be overlooked.

A possession later, Brian Poole snagged possession back again which ultimately led to the Ficken field goal.

Speaking of Desir, the man did everything in this game. When he wasn’t picking off Rypien passes (he collected two on the night and now has the NFL lead with three), he was giving up big plays.

Young Jerry Jeudy absolutely “Mossed” Desir early in the second quarter.

Jeudy finished with 61 yards and that score on two grabs.

Later, Tim Patrick, who finished with a game-high 113 yards and a touchdown on six receptions, beat Desir down the right sideline.

He also beat Desir in the red zone on a slant that made it 24-16 Broncos.

Much like Desir, Sam Darnold put forth an up and down game. While he didn’t turn the ball over once, his accuracy issues were evident during certain points of the game. He did, however, turn into Steve Young on one play, a 46-yard rushing touchdown that put the Jets on the board.

Darnold finished with 84 yards and that score on six carries to go along with 230 yards through the air on 23 of 42 passing.

The brightest spot offensively was without a doubt Jamison Crowder, who returned to action by hauling in seven grabs for 104 yards.

Yet again, an undisciplined Jets team took the field. Their 11 penalties for 118 yards killed a drive or two offensively and helped extend Bronco drives. The personal fouls were also out of this world.

Rypien, the nephew of one-time Washington Football Team quarterback Mark Rypien, enjoyed his first NFL start. He did throw three interceptions, but his 242 yards and two touchdowns on 19 of 31 passing was enough to lead his team to victory.

Broncos running back Melvin Gordon topped the 100-yard mark thanks to the late score. His stat line ended at 107 yards and two scores on 23 attempts.

Chuma Edoga started for the Jets at right tackle but was quickly injured. Mekhi Becton entered, but he didn’t look healthy enough to play either.

A scary moment occurred in the first half when Darnold left the game due to an apparent right-shoulder injury. He went to the locker room but returned a couple of possessions later after Joe Flacco entered.

The 0-4 Jets will look for their first victory in Week 5 when a tough Arizona Cardinals team comes to town.

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