It wasn't pretty, but the NY Jets desperately needed a win this week, and they got the job done. A loss would’ve put the Jets in jeopardy of being 1-5 heading into the bye. Instead, they have a chance to be at .500.
Both the Jets and Broncos played some sloppy football, but the Jets got the win, and that's all that matters. Let’s take a look at the studs and duds from this win.
Breece Hall, RB, NY Jets: STUD
Robert Saleh said that Breece Hall was no longer on a pitch count and he wasn’t kidding. Hall dominated in this game.
Early on, he was playing well, and on multiple plays, it felt like he was one more broken tackle away from taking it to the house. Later in the game, he would finally take one 72 yards for a touchdown to give the Jets a lead.
Hall finished with 22 carries for 177 yards and a touchdown. 22 carries compared to just six for Dalvin Cook and one for Michael Carter proves there is no longer a pitch count. For the first time in a year, the Jets can unleash a healthy Breece Hall.
Quincy Williams, LB, NY Jets: STUD
Quincy Williams has been one of the Jets' best defensive players this season, and he made his presence felt on Sunday. After a late hit on Russell Wilson that would give the Broncos a free 15 yards, Williams buckled down and played a great game.
Williams finished with nine total tackles, five solo tackles, three quarterback hits, a tackle for loss, and two sacks, including the game-winning play.
The Broncos had a chance to drive the field to tie or potentially win the game when Quincy Williams came flying at Russell Wilson for a strip sack that Bryce Hall would run in for a touchdown.
That is the kind of play the Jets defense that wants to be elite needs to make and Williams made it.
Xavier Gipson, WR, NY Jets: DUD
Xavier Gipson has been a great undrafted free-agent pickup for the Jets, and he certainly has a bright future with this team. However, this game will be one to forget for him.
Gipson fumbled on a punt return that the Jets were able to jump on, but that might have gotten in his head a little as he would muff the next punt and give the ball back to the Broncos.
Luckily for the Jets, the Broncos would fumble and give the ball back to them, but Gipson almost made a costly mistake in a tight game. Gipson has a lot of potential — he just needs to put this game behind him.
Nathaniel Hackett's play-calling, NY Jets: DUD
The Jets were able to get Nathaniel Hackett a big win over his former team amidst a lot of drama between the two teams. This is undoubtedly a big win for him and the Jets. However, the play-calling left a lot to be desired.
They were able to get the win, so credit to them, but after Zach Wilson’s performance last week, it would have been nice to see them be a little more aggressive. There was still a lot of run, run, pass, especially in the red zone, which is supposed to be Hackett’s specialty.
Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals from 30 yards or less because the Jets could not finish drives with touchdowns. Even if they just converted on two of them, they would have scored over 40 points, and the game would not have been close.