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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold helped the team’s offensive line improve in this past Sunday’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Prior to this Sunday, the New York Jets offensive line was at the bottom of the NFL with 23 allowed sacks. It’s a front-five that allowed an average of 5.75 sacks per game through their first four contests.

However, this group improved immensely on Sunday, only allowing two sacks in the win over the Dallas Cowboys. One of the reasons for this was the return of their versatile and athletic No. 1 quarterback. After missing three consecutive matchups with mononucleosis, Sam Darnold has returned to the game field. Needless to say, this offensive line prefers to block for the second-year pro.

“It felt like the first time this season we were able to play fast,” center Ryan Kalil said, per Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post. 

“It was getting depressing around here,” left guard Brian Winters added. “It wasn’t all the offensive line. It just took time, and obviously it’s good to have all the pieces back. To have Sam back was a game-changer. He puts us in the best situations and he makes plays.

“We weren’t far away. Obviously, it took more time than we wanted it to, but we have a chance to be a great team and go on a roll.”

Darnold completed 71.88% of his throws for 338 yards, two touchdowns and one pick in the Jets’ inaugural win of the 2019 campaign. Despite the initial 0-4 start, Darnold’s return has given new life to this organization along with their fanbase.

The Jets will play host to the undefeated New England Patriots next Monday night at 8:15 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.