The NY Jets pulled off a major upset in Week 6, taking down the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets now head into their bye week at 3-3, just mere weeks after many thought their season was over.
Let’s take a look at some of the most notable studs and duds from this win.
NY Jets defense: STUD
I didn't know how else to narrow it down — the entire Jets defense were studs in this game. Even with injuries to both of their starting cornerbacks, the defense did not miss a beat.
On the defensive line, Bryce Huff, Jermaine Johnson, and Quinnen Williams all had fantastic games. Per Pro Football Focus, Huff recorded two sacks and eight total pressures, Johnson had four pressures, and Williams had five.
It was a struggle to keep Jalen Hurts contained in the pocket, or else there would have been more than just two sacks. And, of course, Williams had a big interception — who would have guessed that?
The four active cornerbacks in this game were Bryce Hall, Craig James, Tae Hayes, and Michael Carter II, who held their own against one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. James had the Jets second-highest PFF defensive grade (79.0).
The linebacker duo of C.J. Mosley and Quincy Williams also excelled in this game. Mosley earned an elite level 92.8 PFF defensive grade, and Williams led the team in tackles with nine. And it was safety Tony Adams with the game-winning play — a huge interception to put the Jets in position to take the lead.
The defense was as good as advertised today against one of the NFL’s best offenses while missing multiple key starters. Jeff Ulbrich also deserves a ton of credit for how this unit has played against the NFL’s top quarterbacks (Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Jalen Hurts) to start this season.
Garrett Wilson WR, NY Jets: STUD
The Jets offense had its issues on Sunday, but Garrett Wilson was a bright spot.
Despite playing through an obvious ankle injury for most of the game, Wilson still managed to record eight receptions for 90 yards. He even had another reception that would have put him over 100 yards negated because of a blindside block from Allen Lazard.
Wilson was by far the Jets highest-graded offensive player from PFF (86.1). Wilson’s most impressive play of the day came on a 33-yard pass down the sideline, where he made an absurd contested catch and managed to stay in bounds.
NY Jets red zone offense: DUD
As Robert Saleh said after the game, the offense is very close to putting it all together. Over the past two weeks, they have been moving the ball downfield well, and Zach Wilson has taken good care of the football.
They just cannot finish. Whether there is a bad play, a penalty, or something sets them back, the red zone offense has been a struggle all season.
Over the past two weeks, Greg Zuerlien has made nine field goals from an average of 35 yards. That's a lot of points being left on the board. The only touchdown they scored this week was because the Eagles let them.
Probably the biggest bye week adjustment the Jets can make is figuring out how to finish in the red zone.