Jamal Adams, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold
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Sam Darnold and the New York Jets earned their third victory against NFC competition this season, crushing the hapless Washington Redskins at FedExField.

Geoff Magliocchetti

  • New York Jets 34 (3-7)
  • Washington Redskins 17 (1-9)
  • NFL, Final, Box Score
  • FedEx Field, Landover, MD

LANDOVER, MD—If the New York Jets were in the NFC East, they might be in the thick of the playoff chase.

Sam Darnold threw a career-best four touchdown passes, while Jamal Adams added a trio of sacks en route to the Jets’ 34-17 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedExField. New York (3-7) finishes their interconference slate with a 3-1 mark.

For the fourth consecutive week, the Jets opened their offensive journey with a score, going 75 yards in seven plays to take the early lead. Tight end Daniel Brown was the lucky recipient, his 20-yard touchdown catch Darnold being his first grab since December 2017.

After the teams exchanged punts, the Jets would take a dozen more plays to go 62 yards on their third drive. It was an opportunity extended by a Washington penalty, one that came on a roughing the kicker on fourth down.

Rather than 9-0, the Jets went up by 13 when Darnold found Robby Anderson for a six-yard score. Anderson’s momentum took him into the FedEx stands, where he was greeted by a joyous legion of Jets fans.

Washington (1-9) threatened with a Dustin Hopkins field goal (one that was set up by a Darold interception to Evan Bostic) and a Vyncint Smith fumble on a kick off cut the lead to 13-3. But after Hopkins clanked one off the upright, the Jets never really allowed a legitimate cut into their lead.

Two more Darnold scores awaited, one each to Ryan Griffin and Jamison Crowder.

Griffin’s score was the end of a three-play, 82-yard drive that ended the first half, while Crowder completed his revenge against the Redskins with a 29-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to allow Darnold to create his new career-high in scores.

Defensively, the Jets made sure that the Landover debut of Dwayne Haskins was forgettable. The Ohio State rookie was sacked six times, visited three times alone by Jamal Adams.

Adams, the reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week, now has five sacks over the past two weeks, including his career-best three on Sunday. Henry Anderson and Nathan Shepherd also earned one sack, while Frankie Luvu and James Burgess shared one.

Neville Hewitt ended things on the right note for the Jets, intercepting Haskins and setting up a one-yard scoring run from Le’Veon Bell. Washington’s lone salvation came through two late touchdowns. Haskins found Derrius Guice for a 45-yards scoring hookup before Trey Quinn would also tally the two-point conversion.

On their final drive, Haskins tallied a one-yard toss to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle to create the game’s final margin, which was no indication of the Jets’ true dominance.

The Jets will look for a three-game winning streak next Sunday afternoon, as they take on the Oakland Raiders at home (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS).

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