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Marcus Mariota led his team to scores on two of three drives in the Atlanta Falcons’ 24-16 loss to the New York Jets. Scoring on six of his 10 plays for 132 yards and a touchdown pass, he gave way to

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A.P. — EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. On Monday night, the Atlanta Falcons lost 24-16 to the New York Jets’ reserves despite two scoring drives led by Marcus Mariota.

With a 10-0 lead in the second quarter, rookie Desmond Ridder took over for the struggling Mariota, who strengthened his hold on the starting job by completing 6 of 10 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown pass to Olamide Zaccheaus.

While Mariota hasn’t started a regular season game with Tennessee since 2019, he is looking forward to the opportunity and is enthusiastic about the team.

Even Ridder, a third-round pick from Cincinnati, wasn’t terrible. In three series marred by penalties, he completed 10 of 13 passes for 143 yards and led the Falcons to two field goals. Midway through the third quarter, Feleipe Franks came in to replace him.

Only a handful of expected starters for the Falcons saw action, but tight end Kyle Pitts made an immediate impact with a 52-yard reception on Atlanta’s second play from scrimmage. He was completely open against Jets starting cornerback Bryce Hall, who is in a positional battle with rookie Sauce Gardner.

Well, obviously, when you’ve got a guy like Kyle, “In the words of Mariota. “But, yeah, we liked the player, liked the look, and kudos to Kyle for pulling it off.

Younghoe Koo kicked a field goal from 23 yards out as the Falcons’ drive stalled. However, on the following drive, Mariota drove Atlanta into the end zone. He completed a 39-yard pass to Anthony Firkser to move the ball to the Jets’ 14, and then two plays later he found Zaccheaus for a 13-yard touchdown pass.

Many of the Jets’ expected starters were held out of the game due to injuries, including quarterback Joe Flacco, who started in place of the ailing Zach Wilson.

Wilson has been out for a few weeks with a bone bruise and a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery, leaving his status for the season opener on September 11 against Baltimore in doubt. If Wilson can’t play, Flacco will start at quarterback for the Ravens, but Mike White started against the Falcons and struggled with the backups.

The Jets trailed by 16 points at halftime after White completed just 12 of 17 passes for 90 yards and the offense punted on each of his first four series before Greg Zuerlein’s 44-yard field goal.

Chris, please make a return.

Chris Streveler, the Jets’ fourth-string quarterback, led the team to two touchdowns in the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he did it again against the Atlanta Falcons.

The former CFL quarterback, who has also played in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Miami Dolphins, came in for White in the third quarter and led two scoring drives.

The Jets took a one-point lead eleven seconds into the fourth quarter thanks to a touchdown pass of 34 yards to Lawrence Cager and an eight-play drive that was capped by a seven-yard run by La’Mical Perine.

Streveler threw for 119 yards and a touchdown while completing 8 of 11 passes with an interception. When it came to rushing, he had 33 yards on six carries, which was the most on the Jets.

GET THE SCOOP AND WIN

Bradlee Anae, a defensive lineman for the Jets, has fought his way onto the team despite stiff competition. After sacking Franks and forcing a fumble, he picked up the loose ball and rumbled 30 yards for a touchdown, extending New York’s lead to 24-16.

SLOPPY

In his first series, Ridder drove the Falcons to the Jets 1, but a false start penalty on offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield forced them to settle for a field goal by Koo from 23 yards out.

Five more penalties were called on the next drive, four of which were called on the Falcons and one of which was declined, leading to Atlanta settling for a 30-yard field goal.

INJURIES

Wide receiver Tarik Black of the Jets was checked out for a concussion. Wide receiver Irvin Charles of the Jets left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a rib injury.

UP UP NEXT For the Falcons, they will host Jacksonville on the final day of the preseason.

In the Jets’ annual preseason showdown with the Giants, the game will be played on a Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

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