Palladino: Jets Will Always Battle, But That Won’t Be Nearly Enough

By Ernie Palladino
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The Jets played hard Sunday. They may continue to do so all season. All the way to Sam Darnold, in fact.

For all his team’s faults during the 21-12 loss to the Bills, at least Todd Bowles won’t have to worry about effort. Quarterback Josh McCown kept trying right to the end, right until Micah Hyde intercepted his desperation throw toward Jermaine Kearse with 1:35 to go and the Jets with no timeouts.

And the 38-year-old quarterback did move his team at times, particularly on the lone touchdown drive that ended with McCown sneaking over from the 1 in the third quarter.

The problem is that the game Jets fans saw in Orchard Park is probably an example of the best of what the Jets have to give. That bodes well for those willing to write off this entire year for a shot at USC’s gifted quarterback, regardless of whether Darnold is a guaranteed winner in the NFL or not.

The Jets huddle during the first half against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

For those actually looking for wins, not so much. Especially when one takes into account the fact that the …

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