In maybe the most important win of head coach Robert Saleh’s young career, the NY Jets shocked the Eagles, defeating them 20-14 behind a dominant defensive performance.
The offense only managed to reach 244 total yards and struggled mightily in the red zone but made some important plays throughout the contest.
As Saleh said in the post-game presser, "The offense is right there. We just need to finish drives better." Below are grades for some of the key Jets' offensive performances in the stunning Week 6 win over the Eagles.
Breece Hall, RB, NY Jets
It was a far cry from Breece Hall’s career-best game last week, but Hall still managed to make the most of his limited opportunities throughout the game.
He finished with just 12 carries for 39 yards but did find the end zone for the go-ahead score with under two minutes to play. His 3.2 yards per carry average was his lowest of the season. Hall added to his limited rushing performance with a season-best five catches for 54 yards, hauling in all five of his targets.
Finishing with 17 touches for 93 yards is a pretty solid showing for a running back against the dominant Eagles defense that does a very good job against the run week in and week out.
The Jets must continue to rely on Hall moving forward, and I would like to see him over 20 touches per game, especially early on as the offense is finding its footing.
Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets
It was another positive step for Zach Wilson, who continues to grow into a serviceable backup quarterback utilizing the “game manager” approach.
Wilson finished 19-of-33 for 186 yards without a touchdown or turnover. He also added four carries for 15 yards throughout the game as well.
Wilson did take five sacks that amounted to -31 yards, and some of those did come in crucial spots on third downs. He still needs to get better at anticipating the pressure and delivering the ball, although he has made serious improvements in this area.
Most importantly, Wilson finished the game without a turnover. It was a close game, defensive battle throughout, with the Jets defense forcing four turnovers, including the three interceptions of Jalen Hurts. The fact that Wilson didn’t turn it over once was a huge factor in the outcome of the game.
I would’ve given Wilson a better rating had he made some throws earlier in the game, especially in the red zone. He is still struggling there to find the open receiver when the field shrinks down. It appears that he is still afraid of making a mistake there and is happy to get the three points from a field goal.
For the Jets to hit their full potential and make a true run at the playoffs, Wilson and the offense have to finish drives better. It kept Denver in the game last week and nearly cost the Jets this week.
Garrett Wilson, WR, NY Jets
Garrett Wilson had a huge day for the Jets offense, bringing in eight passes for 90 yards on 12 targets.
It was an impressive stat line for Wilson, who led the team in targets, catches, and yards. The offense is better when he performs like this, as evidenced by their success against the Chiefs when Wilson also had gaudy catch, yard, and target numbers.
The Jets are at their best when Wilson creates separation and consistently has the ball in his hands, as he is one of the most electrifying offensive players in the entire league.
If the Jets offense is going to remain successful after the upcoming bye week, they need to find ways to get Wilson involved more regularly and create more opportunities for him out of the slot to continue giving him chances to rack up yards after the catch.