NFL Bandwagon Report: Jets, Giants have the buzz of the Big Apple

There are the teams for which you were born cheering, for better or for worse, and then there are the bandwagon clubs: the franchises and the champions that arouse your interest, attract you and leave you. Each week of the 2022 campaign, we recap some of the NFL’s most encouraging and daunting developments and decide who to get on or off, even if it’s just for a week.

We are now officially a third of the regular season with week 6 in the books.

Last week ran like many others this season so far as it got blocked by a smelly Thursday and ended with Russell Wilson and the Broncos flunking another match in prime time.

So which carriages will we set sail and disembark on this week?

Hop on: The Jets go from draft winners to actual winners

When they returned to the most unlikely win over Cleveland in week two, we blamed the Browns. Two weeks later, their win over Pittsburgh felt more like an indictment against the Steelers and their growing list of injuries than a statement made by New York. Even a rather lopsided result on Miami (the third string QB) didn’t convince me of these Jets.

But Sunday’s win at Lambeau against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers felt like a change of course. And they earned that victory. The Jets, who have earned praise for good drafts in years past (especially last spring) but faltered on the pitch, are putting their top picks – Sauce Gardner, Breece Hall, Quinnen Williams, Zach Wilson – in positions to win. success.

While Wilson didn’t exactly shine in these wins, Williams – selected third overall in 2019 – is a star on the defensive line, and we saw him in Green Bay.

Quinnen Williams vs the Packers:

6 presses
2 bags
1 shot QB
1 forced fumbling
1 locked basket

For the season, he has 23 pressures (2nd between DT behind Aaron Donald).

It’s at the rate of 14 sacks. #Jet

– Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) October 17, 2022

Sustainable success builds from the trenches and with Williams leading the way things look different in New York, finally … case in point: weeks 8, 9 and 11, when they face Patriots, Bills and Patriots again (after see you at week 10). For the first time in too long, the Jets are taking part in significant division matchups. (ES)

Get off: Throw at Tariq Woolen of Seahawks

Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner is turning his head and pitching for the Jets, but as the # 4 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft he was somehow expected. Seahawks’ fifth round pick, Tariq Woolen, on the other hand, is exceeding expectations and is firmly involved in the rookie of the year defensive conversation. Woolen joined Jairus Byrd (2009) and Joe Haden (2010) as the only rookies in the 21st century to record an interception in four straight games, doing so in Seattle’s victory over Arizona. Woolen told reporters on Sunday that he often watches old Seattle Legion of Boom highlights. Woolen has already made a strong impression on one of those LoB alumni who also happens to be a former fifth-round Seattle draft pick who made an immediate difference when he first stepped into an NFL field more than ten years ago. (MJ)

Do it 4! And it has much more to do !!!! @_Tariqwoolen pic.twitter.com/oOv7SPEg4Q

– Richard Sherman (@ RSherman_25) October 16, 2022

Skip: the giants when they are late in the games

Lamar Jackson lost to an NFC team for only the third time in his career when the Ravens were defeated by the Giants 24-20. The Ravens certainly have trouble closing games: they lost double-digit lead in the second half in all three defeats. At the other end of the spectrum, the Giants are developing a reputation as a team you should never count. They are 5-1 and have overcome deficits in all their games. The G-Men are going high as they prepare for back-to-back street games in Jacksonville and then Seattle. (MJ)

The @Giants overcame 10 points in the 4th quarter by beating Baltimore, 24-20, to 5-1.

They also surpassed the deficits in the 2nd half by over 10 points by winning in weeks 1 and 5 and are the 4th team in @NFL history to record 3 of these victories in the first 6 games of a season.

– NFL345 (@ NFL345) October 16, 2022

Hop off: Give Belichick the ball of the game

Patriots rookie Brenden Schooler had a great Sunday squads special game against the Browns with fumble recovery, but his attempt to proudly present the ball to Bill Belichick on the sidelines was (sadly) far more memorable. (ES)

Bill Belichick forward @TheGregHillShow asked about the moment Brenden Schooler:

“Well, hey, it’s always exciting for kids to do shows, and it’s exciting for all of us. We’re happy when we do them. But yeah, I just have to move on to the next show.”

(He was laughing.)

– Dakota Randall (@DakRandallNESN) October 17, 2022

Skip: Falcons as contenders at NFC South

Is it possible that Atlanta is the best team in NFC South? At the start of the season the Falcons had a 25/1 odds of winning the division, but that dropped to around 6/1 in just six weeks into the season with the 3-3 team and have now drawn with the Bucs in top of the division. The Falcons are playing solid team ball under Arthur Smith and have stayed true to their hefty game plan in a 28-14 win over the 49ers and former Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan. Tampa beat Atlanta by six points in week 5 and the teams finish their season streak in week 18. Is it too weird to think that a place in the playoffs or even a division title could be up for grabs in that regular season finale? (MJ)

Get off: whatever is going on in Carolina

The week 5 defeat to San Francisco seemed the last straw for the Panthers’ sad start to the season, with Matt Rhule being the first manager sacked this year. But things got even worse.

Against the Rams in week 6, Carolina was facing a team whose offensive dysfunction appeared to be on a similar level … until the third quarter, that is, when Robbie Anderson was ejected from the game by interim manager Steve Wilks after Anderson and receivers coach Joe Dailey entered what appeared to be a heated argument. They had exchanged words even in the first half.

Within 24 hours, Anderson was traded. Still, it looks like a reward for the receiver, who now joins Kyler Murray and a fleet of receivers who suddenly have an open job in the wake of Marquise Brown’s foot injury.

Anderson may have plenty of opportunities as DeAndre Hopkins ‘return from disqualification in week 7 will focus the defenders’ attention on the veteran forward. (ES)

Pending a second opinion from one of the nation’s experts, Hollywood Brown is expected to land on IR but be back soon enough. This means AZ should have Robbie Anderson, DeAndre Hopkins and Brown (and others) for the stretch run. https://t.co/ED7qFRPBJh

– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 17, 2022

Skip: The Eagles’ unbeaten streak remained intact until …?

The Eagles offense faced his toughest opponent in the Cowboys dynamic defense on Sunday night, and while things got close enough in the last quarter on offense, Cooper Rush ultimately fell short of the Philadelphia secondary, who had three interceptions to extend the Philly season opening streak 6-0 wins.

Never count your chickens (Eagles?) Before they hatch, etc., but I will now present (without comment) the Philadelphia program upon their return from a week off. Starting week 8, the Eagles face the Steelers, Texans, Commanders, Colts and Packers to end November. (ES)

Get off: Cooper Rush as the Cowboys savior

The Dallas Cowboys reserve QB had quite a bit of a starting lead, however it looks like time is about to mark midnight on Rush’s Cinderella run under center. Rush went 4-0 as a starter and didn’t allow a turnover in those games before throwing three interceptions and suffering his first defeat in a tough Sunday night outing against the Eagles. It was his first time throwing three picks since his last college game with Central Michigan in 2016 and comes on the heels of Dak Prescott’s thumb feeling better ahead of a possible comeback in week 7. (MJ)

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