NY Jets: Mike White rightfully named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

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NY Jets quarterback Mike White won AFC Offensive Player of the Week after his historic performance against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The fourth-year pro helped New York nab its second win of the season in an underdog matchup against the Bengals in Week 8.

White breathed life into a Jets offense that looked dead in the water in the last six weeks, throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns and recording a pass completion rate of 82.2 percent.

White's nomination as POTW should come as no surprise, though filling in for the No. 2 overall pick had its stressful moments.

White dug himself into a bit of a hole with two early picks against Cincinnati, but he climbed his way back up with a truly jaw-dropping performance.

This against one of the top-10 defenses in the league, playing with wideouts like Jamison Crowder and Elijah Moore compared to Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins (no disrespect, just facts), and in the first start of his career. Ever.

NY Jets quarterback Mike White wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 8

White, a Dallas Cowboys fifth-round pick in 2018 out of Western Kentucky, was Zach Wilson's obvious replacement in Week 7, but he was also a player that didn't arouse any excitement.

A possible conversation between two Jets fans, prior to Week 8:

"Gee, Mike White's starting against Cincinnati."

"Oh. Yeah."

All the odds were stacked against him, but no one's feeling ambivalent about White now.

White helped the Jets become the first team this season to come back from a double-digit deficit with five minutes remaining in the game. He should deserve a completely separate award for doing that on the Jets, out of all teams.

If you want to see pure chaos unfold, ask the question, "Is Mike White better than Patrick Mahomes right now?" on Twitter.

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The Jets quarterback will look to make an encore in a Week 9 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night, for which expectations should be kept to a minimal utterance of, "Go, Mike White."