The first half of the NY Jets' game against the Denver Broncos, which has unofficially been dubbed the Nathaniel Hackett bowl, looked like more of the same from the visitors. The passing game was stagnant, and a painful mental miscue ended the second quarter in laughable fashion.
The Jets emerged for the second half fully committed to running the ball, as Breece Hall was one of the few players in the first half who actually managed to show up in a meaningful way. Hall proved he feels just as comfortable in Denver as he does in New York with a game-breaking run.
Hall scampered 72 yards to the end zone on the Jets' first play from scrimmage in the second half, putting the visiting team up 15-13 early in the third quarter. Hall has made a habit of ripping off big runs against Denver in his career, and he doesn't look ready to stop.
NY Jets' Breece Hall pulls off insane 72-yard TD run vs. Broncos
Hall had a run like this last season, giving the Jets an early lead they would not relinquish. Hall came into this game averaging 6.6 yards per carry, and that number seems primed to increase after running right through the teeth of Vance Joseph's defense and coming out unscathed.
This game is a bit of a coming-out party for Hall, as he is now so healthy that Robert Saleh is no longer restricting his touches. Considering how Michael Carter and Dalvin Cook barely touched the ball in the first half, the Jets appear to be fully leaning into the Hall show in his contest.
Denver came into this game with two of the best defensive backs in the league in Justin Simmons and Patrick Surtain II. If the Jets were going to move the ball against them, it had to come with a very strong running game championed by Hall.
The Jets know they need to come out with a win in this game to have any shot of making it to the postseason. Hall is doing everything in his power to take a languishing offense, supercharge it, and match up well with Russell Wilson and Denver.