NY Jets studs, duds following the win over the Bears in Week 12

Mike White, NY Jets
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Coin? What coin? The NY Jets scored a big win over the Chicago Bears this week as they got back on the right track and are now 7-4 on the season. Let’s take a look at some of the studs and duds from this week’s game.

Mike White, QB, NY Jets - STUD

After last week, any bit of offense the Jets could muster was going to be an improvement but the offense was completely transformed. Mike White looked comfortable and confident behind center on his way to throwing for 315 yards on 22-of-28 passing and three touchdowns. 

It was the polar opposite of what we have seen from Zach Wilson. White was making the smart decision with each throw and letting his playmakers work. White finished with an 81.8 grade from Pro Football Focus.

Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore, WRs, NY Jets - STUD

As mentioned above, White put the ball in his playmaker's hands and let them do the rest. Garrett Wilson finished with five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns, while Elijah Moore had two receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Wilson and Moore looked like different players with White at quarterback, and it just makes you think about all of the Moore drama that could have been avoided.

Zonovan Knight, RB, NY Jets - STUD

In a surprising move, the Jets made newly acquired running back James Robinson a healthy inactive from the game. Undrafted free agent Zonovan Knight took his place on the active roster and he made the most of it.

Knight rushed 14 times for 69 yards for an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Knight also contributed in the passing game with three catches for 34 yards. With Breece Hall out for the season, and now Michael Carter banged up in this game, the Jets needed Knight and he delivered.

Tackling, NY Jets - DUD

The Jets have had some tackling issues in recent weeks and those continued in the early portion of this week’s game. The Bears, with Trevor Siemian starting at quarterback, scored 10 points rather quickly with some early issues for the Jets on the defensive side of the ball.

The Jets' defense shored things up after and didn’t allow any more points but will have two tough tests coming up with the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills.

Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets - DUD

No matter how you try to spin it, the Jets player that comes out of this game looking the worst is Zach Wilson. To get benched as the No. 2 overall pick just one year ago and have the backup come in and produce like this is a really bad look.

Despite his team winning, Wilson didn't necessarily look overly thrilled on the sideline and now he must question if he will get another start this season.


This was a great game for the Jets. The Jets' defense is elite and they just need a quarterback to do enough to get them the win. Mike White did that this week. If White can play anything like he did this week, the Jets have a real chance to make the playoffs.

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White and the Jets will look to pick up another win next week against the Vikings.