The New York Jets picked up their first dub of the season vs the Dallas Cowboys. Here’s the full report card on the offense, defense, and coaching!
Finally, the New York Jets get there first win of the 2019 season. After what Jets nation had to endure during the first five weeks of the season the Jets came out victorious on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys who were a heavy favorite going into Sunday’s matchup.
Sam Darnold’s presence was defiantly a boost for the entire team as the Jets looked like an entirely different team from the last few weeks. Every unit played well even the special teams played at its best so far this season with Sam Ficken hitting a clutch 38-yard field goal late in the game.
How often do you see this from the Jets where every unit played to its fullest potential and the Jets come out with a stunning victory over a team who was a heavy favorite coming into MetLife Stadium?
It doesn’t happen often but on Sunday it did happen and hopefully if you’re a Jets fan they can keep this going with Darnold back under center for gang green. Now here is the full report card for Week 6 vs the Dallas Cowboys.
Next: Impressive offensive performance
Jets Nation was very happy to see the offensive perform at a high level on Sunday when Sam Darnold and company got the chains moving early.
Darnold looked sharp as he was throwing the ball all over the Cowboys defense early on. He even got his connection with Robby Anderson back as they connected on a 92-yard touchdown pass in the 2nd quarter (second-longest play in team history).
Darnold ended the evening completing 23 out of his 32 passes and throwing for 338 yards and 2 touchdowns. After the game running back, Le’Veon Bell expressed his joy in getting back Darnold to New York Post’s Zach Braziller:
“Yall tell me. Yall seen it. Sam’s a special player. When you have a guy in there who’s able to make some plays, get the ball down the field, get everybody lined up perfectly in and out of the huddle, vocal leader in the huddle, he’s a special player. … We’ve been missing that these last couple weeks.”
A lot of Darnold’s success goes to the offensive line who actually provided the protection he needed. The offensive line was a big improvement from the last few weeks as they only gave up two sacks on Sunday to the Cowboy defense.
After the game, Jets Center Ryan Kalil told Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post that, “It felt like the first time this season we were able to play fast”.
The Jets wide receivers have been quiet these last few weeks but on Sunday they finally got there due as Robby Anderson, Demaryius Thomas, and Jamison Crowder combined for a total of 285 receiving yards.
After the game, Robby Anderson spoke to New York Post’s Mark Cannizzaro to discuss the 92-yard touchdown bomb that was the defining play of the game “That was a big spark for us. I felt like that play gave everybody energy and it changed a lot of momentum.’’
Next: Clutch defense late
The defense played great on Sunday. Gregg Williams had the defense playing with aggression and passion throughout the entire game. The Jets pass rush was at its best despite only recording a single sack on Dak Prescott, they provided constant pressure and delivered eight quarterback hits.
The defense on Sunday refused to give up, despite some rallying from the Dallas offense. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and were within two points of tying the game when the Jets stepped up to the plate to make a clutch stop.
After the game defensive end, Leonard Williams spoke to Brian Fonseca of NJ.com about almost blowing the game late in the fourth quarter
“I wouldn’t say deja-vu because we weren’t trying to think negatively, not a ‘oh man, here we go again’ or ‘this is going to happen again.’ We were more like ‘we got to finish this game. We got to come out here and win it, we need this one.”
It was hard to stop all-pro running back Ezekiel Elliott who ran for 105 yards on the Jets defense on Sunday. Coach Adam Gase spoke to NJ.com Brian Fonseca about how tough it was to get Elliott down:
“You try to contain 21 (Elliott) as much as possible, You got three, four guys hitting him and he doesn’t go down. He’s a tough matchup in the passing game … I thought the guys did a great job.”
A huge bright side to the Jets defense was there secondary who played very well in Sunday’s win. Even Cornerback Trumaine Johnson who has been stuggling had a solid game. He covered Cowboys wideout Michael Gallup for most of the game and only gave up four receptions for 48 yards.
But of course, the man who was all over the field like a hawk hunting down his prey was safety Jamal Adams who was all over the field making stops and bringing fiery energy to the defense. Jamal Adams is a safety any team would be lucky to have.
Jamal Adams has a nose for the football and always seems to be in the right place at the right time to make a play. Adams ended the night with seven tackles and a pass deflection.
After the game, Adams spoke to New York Post’s Zach Braziller about how this season the Jets were down but never out:
“That’s just like in life when you get knocked down, you got to keep going. If it’s the next day or it’s the next play, whatever it is. Just in life in general, you got to keep going.” And after the stunning upset, Jamal Adams told reporters after the game “How ’bout ’dem Cowboys.”
Next: Coaches deserve a lot of credit
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The coaching all around gets a good grade. Adam Gase and company finally coached a great game and the entire staff deserves credit. Fans and experts alike have been questioning Adam Gase’s playcalling throughout the first quarter of the season but on Sunday Gase got his quarterback back in the mix and the playcalling got better.
With Darnold back in the lineup, Gase was able to open up the passing game and gave more freedom to Darnold and the rest of the offense. Hell, he even got role players involved in the game like running back Ty Montgomery who had been invisible through the first four games of the season.
On the defensive side of the ball defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams brought the aggression to the defense on Sunday as he kept bringing all-out pressure on Dak Prescott. The Jets made some crucial stops and took advantage of the Cowboys injured offensive line and was a big reason that the Jets sealed a 24-22 victory over the Cowboys.
The Jets finally get there first win of the year and their next opponent is on Monday Night Football against the undefeated New England Patriots. It will be tough going up against the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL but if the Darnold and the Jets offense can play as they did against the Cowboys the squad has a fighting chance.