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Le'Veon Bell insists NFL 'screwed' Sam Darnold with 'seeing ghosts' comment

Le'Veon Bell insists NFL 'screwed' Sam Darnold with 'seeing ghosts' comment

Sam Darnold played the worst game of his career on primetime television and (unknowingly) admitted to a national TV audience that he was helplessly flummoxed by the New England Patriots defense.

But at least the New York Jets have his back.

First, Jets head coach Adam Gase took ESPN to task Tuesday for airing a mic'd up Darnold saying "I'm seeing ghosts" after throwing an interception in Monday night's 33-0 loss to the Patriots.

Minutes later, running back Le'Veon Bell piled on, calling out the NFL for "screw(ing)" his QB over.

Bell makes a compelling point. Mic'd up players say plenty over the course of a three-hour game, and while Darnold bears some responsibility knowing he was "hot," you'd think either NFL Films or ESPN would protect him by not broadcasting soundbites that would make him look bad.

According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, Bell has the right culprit: An on-site NFL Films representative cleared Darnold's "seeing ghosts" comment for air without the Jets or ESPN approving it.

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Patrick Chung shows begrudging respect for Le'Veon Bell on Instagram

Patrick Chung shows begrudging respect for Le'Veon Bell on Instagram

The best compliment you can give an opponent is to say you hate playing them.

And Patrick Chung was in a complimentary mood Monday night.

The New England Patriots safety showed love to Le'Veon Bell in his own unique way, telling the New York Jets running back how much he "hates" him in an Instagram post.

"This man so damn hard to tackle," Chung captioned a less-than-flattering photo of Bell giving him a strong stiff arm.

Chung wasn't Bell's only victim, as Patriots defensive tackle Adam Butler sympathized with his teammate in the comment section.

"Yup, he shook the hell outta me!" Butler wrote. "I know the feeling @23patrickchung !🤦🏾‍♂️ Mad respect."

Bell deserves all the praise he gets; he's averaged a ridiculous 127.4 total yards per game over his career and is one of the shiftiest skill players in the NFL.

Of course, it's easier for the Patriots to show Bell love after they contained him to just 63 total yards (35 rushing, 28 receiving) in Sunday's 30-14 win at Gillette Stadium.

But the 0-3 Jets will take whatever plaudits they can get.

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Bill Belichick details how Patriots shut down Jets star Le'Veon Bell in Week 3 win

Bill Belichick details how Patriots shut down Jets star Le'Veon Bell in Week 3 win

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New York Jets needed a great game from Le'Veon Bell to have any chance of upsetting the heavily favored New England Patriots on Sunday, but Bill Belichick's defense did a great job shutting down the star running back in a 30-14 win.

“Those guys played disciplined," Bell said. "We just had a lot of negative plays where we made a mistake. Of course, the running won’t look as efficient because we had a lot of negative runs, too. We had a lot of positive runs, we did our job on a couple plays. Sometimes we have got to stop with the negative plays and hurting ourselves.”

Bell was limited to just 35 yards on 18 carries (1.9 yards per rush). He's also one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL, but he managed to tally just four receptions for 28 yards Sunday. 

Belichick noted it took a team effort to stop a player as talented as Bell.

"Just good team defense. Nobody can stop him. You can't put one or two guys on him," the Patriots head coach explained. "You've got to do a good job of defeating blockers, staying in our gaps and then tackling. He's a great back. He's got tremendous balance, power, vision. It just takes everybody working together on that. Our players really did a good job of being disciplined and tackling."

The Patriots were able to stop so many of Bell's runs for little or no gain, and this ultimately put the Jets in a lot of third-and-long situations that were tough to convert against a New England defense playing at an extremely high level. The result was the Jets going an abysmal 0-for-12 on third down.

"There’s a few things in the run game that we got to clean up, that we got to give our guys a better chance on," Jets head coach Adam Gase said. "But we just didn’t give ourselves a chance. We can’t go third-and-10. We go third-and-10, we’re not going to convert."

The Jets enter their bye week at 0-3, and what began as a promising 2019 season now looks destined to end without playoff action for the ninth consecutive year.

"We got to look at a lot of things over this bye week," Gase said. "I mean, I never thought I would say, ‘Week 4 bye week, I’m glad it’s here’. But, I mean, we got to address some things. We got to figure out what’s going on. We’re not, we’re not in sync. We’re not doing a good job of working together. We’re kind of all over the place. So we got to get that fixed."

The Jets better get things fixed ASAP, because the Patriots might not be the only good team in the AFC East this season. The Buffalo Bills, who beat the Jets on the road in Week 1, are 3-0 entering next Sunday's showdown versus the Patriots.

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