It was a heart-pounding victory for the New York Jets over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-20, and the offense had a huge hand in that, both good and bad.
The offensive line of the New York Jets finally showed what they are made of in this game. They opened up holes for the running game all day.
Both running backs had huge games. Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire each had a rushing touchdown, and they combined for 256 yards on 31 carries. That’s an average of 8.3 yards per carry. McGuire added 38 receiving yards to give him a total of 118 yards as Powell had 163 rushing yards.
There wasn’t a lot that went wrong for the Jets offense, but there was enough that could’ve cost them the game. First, despite completing 71 percent of his passes for 224 yards, Josh McCown did throw what looked like a costly interception.
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Thanks to the defense, the Jets were able to force overtime, which got McCown off the hook for that late pick that put the Jaguars in position to score a touchdown. McCown also fumbled three times, even though Jacksonville only recovered one of them.
The pass protection was a little spotty. The Jaguars pass rush had to be a point of emphasis during practice this week because it was one of the top pass rush units in the league coming in. The Jets offensive line allowed five sacks.
Overall, the good outweighed the bad. They’re going to have to correct some things, but coming away with a victory and not giving up against a good Jaguars team is a sign that things are heading in the right direction.
They were able to exploit a weakness in the Jaguars. The Jaguars came into the game as the fifth-worst rush defense, and the Jets took them to the woodshed.
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It was a great game for the offense. They should be able to build off of this against the lowly Cleveland Browns next week.