December 20th, 2020 had the chance to be a changing of the guard date in NFL history. The New England Patriots 11 year playoff streak officially came to an end when they lost to the Dolphins 22-12 in Miami. At 6-8, Bill Belichick will not tie Tom Landry's record of 20 straight winning seasons.
Their hated division rival, the 0-13 New York Jets had a chance to drop another game in their pursuit of Trevor Lawerence against the 9-4 NFC West leading Los Angeles Rams. As 17 point underdogs, I'm sure there's even men in the Jets locker room who were expecting to lose.
The Jets lead 20-3 at one point, but LA was able to get within three at 23-20. It sorta felt like even though Dr. Heat was gone, his ghost may lead the Jets to another late game collapse. Until this happened...
I haven't seen such a valiant effort to actively hurt a franchise by it's own player like this since Scott Pippen checked himself out in 1994 NBA Playoffs when I was two years old.
Thanks to Marcus Maye's full extension PBU, the Jets will not go 0-16. I'm sure the fanbase is thrilled to know they won't be a part of that distinction.
Going into Sunday Night Football#TwoManyLegs Week 15 is still very much alive thanks in part to the Rams/Jets UNDER 50.5 cashing out. Sure, my diagnostics of why the game will go under couldn't have been more wrong.
Even though I hedged with live OVER 45.5 during the 3rd quarter when there was three straight scoring drives, I'll take 7-0 with a chance at +1000 units minus some hedging with Browns -0.5. I actually hedged with Giants ML after that rollercoaster, so it's profitable day either way for the boi.
It's just so perfect that 68 year old Frank Gore's first down could end up being the play that costs the Jets for the next 15 years. What a great metaphor for so many of life's major problems.
So, congratulations on the win, Jets! You will not be 0-16. What a sigh of relief!