Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates opens up the offense and the New York Jets win. It’s what every Jets fan has been waiting for and the result was a 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos at home.
Todd Bowles has talked and talked about being balanced on offense and we finally saw that today by the New York Jets. Isaiah Crowell made fans forget about his butt wiping endorsement by gashing the Denver Broncos defense for 219 yards on fifteen carries and a touchdown. Crowell showed off his speed, toughness, and agility throughout the game. Bilal Powell put up another 99 yards on the ground as the Jets run game took the pressure off their rookie quarterback.
Sam Darnold took every advantage the run game gave him, putting up 198 yards through the air which was good for three touchdowns. Darnold went 10/22 and an interception. He showed poise in the pocket, scrambled around to extend plays, and was credited for five yards rushing as well.
The Jets offense fired on all cylinders with the offensive line opening up running lanes and only allowing one sack of Darnold of nine yards. Meanwhile, Robby Anderson put on a display catching three passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard beauty. Terrelle Pryor got in on the scoring fun as well, with a spectacular catch for a touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Darnold.
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Balance was the key to the game as the Jets amassed 512 yards total offense against a dazed and confused Broncos defense. Darnold’s 198 yards nearly matched the 323 yards the team’s running backs put up. That’s the type of balance that will win you football games
This game was under the Jets control from the second quarter on, and give offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates credit for the game plan and opening up Darnold’s offense. Bates got the lead and never let up off the gas pedal.
On the other side of the ball, the Jets defensive front put up four sacks of Case Keenum resulting in 33 yards of lost yardage. Leonard Williams who has been criticized in some circles of Jets fans for his lack of quarterback pressure but broke out with two sacks on the day. Jeremiah Attaochu added a sack of his own, while Marcus Maye and Jordan Jenkins combined for another against the often pressured Keenum.
The Jets “New Jack City” was a mixed bag on the day. Maye picked off Case Keenum in the closing seconds of the home game win. He returned the ball 104 yards officially, but was caught and tackled at the Broncos one-yard line and failed to score. That was the highlight for the unit, as they weren’t as stout throughout the game. The secondary allowed Keenum to throw for 377 yards against them and put up two touchdowns. It wasn’t the greatest performance of the highly touted self-named unit, but it was good enough, as the offense led the way.
The Jets defense only allowed the Broncos run game to accumulate 92 yards in the game. Phillip Lindsay broke loose for a 29-yard scamper, and Royce Freeman also proved elusive on a 24-yard jaunt downfield. The Jets run defense countered with seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage, however. Leonard Williams led the way with two tackles for loss, while Avery Williamson, Darryl Roberts, Jamal Adams, Morris Claiborne, and Brandon Copeland each had one apiece.
The Jets needed to step up big time in this game, they were 1-3 going in, coming off three straight losses, and they came to play. The team will face the 1-4 Indianapolis Colts next Sunday as part of a three-game homestand. Now, the team must build off this victory, beat the Colts next week, before the Minnesota Vikings come rampaging into town. Consistent play is their goal, let’s see if they can keep it going.