The New York Jets won a thriller over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 23-20 in overtime, but the special teams unit didn’t have to be spectacular for them to come away victorious.
For the first time this season, the special teams unit of the New York Jets had a so-so day. They only had two returns total, which didn’t lead to great field position, and punter Lachlan Edwards and kicker Chandler Catanzaro had average days until the overtime period. (We’ll discuss that later.)
Despite becoming the 13th most accurate kicker (now he has enough attempts to qualify), in terms of field goals, in NFL history, Catanzaro missed his second field goal of the season. It was from 40+ so we can cut him a little bit of slack, but the reason the Jets took him over Ross Martin was because of his accuracy, and the miss could’ve cost the Jets the game.
Coming into Week 4, Edwards was starting to show why the Jets drafted him (rather than try to sign him as an undrafted free agent). However, until the overtime period, he was having an average game at best.
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However, that changed late in overtime. In overtime, Edwards became one of the heroes of the game with a booming punt that went to the Jacksonville 5-yard line. It was his third punt inside the 20-yard line, but because of that punt, coupled with a taunting penalty by Paul Posluszny, helped set up the Jets winning field goal.
Even though it was just one play in a huge game of plays, Edwards was key in the victory. If the NFL had three stars of the game, like the NHL, the punt in overtime would’ve vaulted Edwards into that.
All in all, the Jets special teams didn’t need to be special. They did what they had to in order to help the Jets to victory.