On a chilly Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, the NY Jets faced off against their divisional rivals, the Miami Dolphins. The Jets knew coming into this game that it wouldn't be easy, and they did not disappoint.
The final score from MetLife was 40-17 in favor of the Jets. This was largely thanks to the Jets' rushing game and multiple timely defensive plays. Here are the three players who led the Jets to victory in Week 5.
3. Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets
Sauce Gardner had himself a day on Sunday. Gardner started his incredible game with a big hit on Teddy Bridgewater off of a blitz by the Jets' defense. The hit on Bridgewater was ruled a safety as Bridgewater would be penalized for intentional grounding.
In the middle of the second quarter, Gardner picked up a massive interception. That interception led to the Jets scoring a touchdown and extending their lead to 19-7. It was Gardner's first career interception in what Jets fans hope will be the first of many.
Overall, Gardner finished with three tackles and assisted in two more. Gardner played a pivotal role in the Jets' big victory over the Dolphins by helping contain the Dolphins' star wide receivers, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, which was not an easy task.
2. Quinnen Williams, DT, NY Jets
It has been a while since Quinnen Williams found himself on this list. However, with how well he played on Sunday, he deserves to be on it. Williams played extremely well on Sunday, making a lot of big plays in clutch moments. One of those came in the middle of the third quarter.
The Dolphins were trying to fight their way back into this game, and at one point were succeeding in doing so. However, Williams picked up a massive sack, along with John Franklin-Myers, to stop Miami in their tracks and kill all their momentum.
With about nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Williams came up with another big play, courtesy of a Carl Lawson sack. Williams was able to scoop up a fumble and run it back to set up another Jets touchdown, essentially putting the game away.
Williams finished the game with three assisted tackles as well as a fumble recovery and a half sack.
1. Breece Hall, RB, NY Jets
The Jets' running game was just outstanding on Sunday. Sometimes it's hard to remember that Breece Hall is still just a rookie. Michael Carter picked up a touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Jets the 12-0 lead. Carter would also score another touchdown in the fourth quarter with 10 minutes left to play, extending the Jets' lead to 26-17.
Carter finished the game with 10 carries for 21 yards and two touchdowns. He also hauled in two receptions for 12 yards.
Breece Hall was on another level on Sunday as well. At the end of the first quarter, Hall hauled in a 79-yard reception, taking the ball all the way down to the one-yard-line. Hall also picked up a five-yard rushing touchdown late in the game making the score 33-17 and securing the Jets' victory.
Hall finished the game with 18 carries for 97 yards and one touchdown. He also totaled 100 yards on two receptions as he proved to be a total dual threat. The Jets running backs had themselves an absolute day on Sunday and were arguably the biggest reason the Jets won.
Overall, this game was a lot of fun for Jets fans. The Jets played great, and the score showed exactly that. Next week, the Jets travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in what will be another tough test for a young Jets team.
If the Jets could use the momentum coming out of Sunday's game, we might just see another upset in Green Bay.