INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 20: New York Jets pose for a photo following a touchdown during the first quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Inglewood, California.
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The New York Jets jumped all over the Los Angeles Rams in the first half of Sunday’s game. They carry a 13-3 lead into halftime.

Robby Sabo

The last time the Los Angeles Rams were held scoreless in the first half came all the way back in 2016. That streak nearly ended on Sunday. It didn’t, however, courtesy of a late 45-yard Matt Gay field goal.

The 0-13 New York Jets lead the 9-4 Rams 13-3 at halftime. Incredibly, Frank Bush‘s defense is flying around as if it was a top-rated unit in the league.

A Sam Darnold to Ty Johnson 18-yard touchdown reception opened the scoring.

New York attacked the Rams’ aggressiveness early. Darnold attacked the flat in an east-west strategy the entire drive.

Two Sam Ficken field goals extended the lead to 13 points. If not for a Braxton Berrios drop in the end zone, it would be a 17-3 Jets lead.

Jared Goff has done nothing. When his offense doesn’t rush the ball, Goff usually finds serious trouble. That’s been the case so far this afternoon.

Quinnen Williams and Nathan Shepherd have each picked up sacks.

Rookie Bryce Hall tallied his first NFL interception.

Even the special teams unit has made an impact. Newcomer J.T. Hassell blocked a punt that set up Ficken’s first field goal.

If not for questionable Adam Gase play-calling near the end of the half (putting it in the air), the Jets could be shutting out the Rams, 13-0.

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