It was a statement win for the NY Jets as they captured a 27-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Let's take a look at a few brief takeaways from the Jets' third consecutive victory.
NY Jets Flying High
After last week’s 40-17 win over the Miami Dolphins, the question became whether or not the Jets could compound that with another quality performance at Lambeau. Well, the answer was a resounding yes as Gang Green stymied Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to the tune of 278 total yards with 218 coming through the air.
“We’ve got to start expecting stuff like this,” head coach Robert Saleh said. “It is a big win but anytime you win in this league it’s big.”
The Jets’ defense dominated this game with Quinnen Williams having a monster performance with five tackles, two sacks, and three quarterback hits.
On the offensive side, Zach Wilson finished 10-for-18 for 110 yards and was assisted by Breece Hall who had 20 carries for 116 yards and a 34-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter as he looks to continue his ascent toward superstardom.
Special Special Teams
With the sudden turnaround going on at One Jets Drive, it's easy to look past how much the Jets’ special teams have improved.
However, this game showed it as Quinnen Williams not only blocked a field goal to start the second quarter, but the Jets also blocked a punt and had Will Parks scoop it up for a score to give Gang Green a 17-3 advantage with 5:43 left in the third.
“I don’t think it was a statement or anything like that,” Quinnen Williams said. “I think we were just coming in and doing our jobs playing football on Sunday.”
While a lot of love will (rightfully so) go towards the Jets' offense and defense, major props should also be given to special teams coordinator Brant Boyer’s unit as they have also contributed to this receipt-worthy rejuvenation.
No More Hiding
“I ain’t worried, but if we lose next week then I’ll be worried,” Jaire Alexander said following the Packers’ 27-22 loss to the New York Giants. After a win like this, the days of opposing teams looking at the Jets as the “get-right game” should be over.
Not only have they won three straight games, but they also captured their first win in Green Bay since 2006 and possess playmakers on both sides of the ball that should keep opposing coaches up at night.
“We played good football today, but we’re not satisfied,” Breece Hall said. “I feel like a lot of people expected that it would be a surprise if we won this game, but we expected to come in and win this game.”
Whether it's Quinnen Williams, Sauce Gardner, Hall, or others, the Jets have a flurry of young, talented players who should give its fanbase hope for much better days ahead.
Now, the next step becomes acclimating to a life where the Jets are no longer looked at as an easy win as every team will give them their best shot.