The Jets successfully squish the fish with a dominant fourth quarter performance, ending not only a drought of divisional wins but putting 40 points on the board for the first time in 63 games. The rookies showed out once again in a victory that gives hope to what is shaping up to be a special season for the Jets.
Once again, it is victory Monday in Jets-land. This one is extra special though as it comes at the expense of the Miami Dolphins to the tune of a 40-17 win that puts the Jets to second in the AFC East, with a winning record – yes, a winning record – in October and currently the owners of the 1st Wild Card spot in the AFC.
🙂 pic.twitter.com/b1Iz4fiUx8 — New York Jets (@nyjets) October 9, 2022
If you’re feeling down at all this week, just give this image of Quinnen driving Tyreek Hill into the dirt a watch.
Final score: 40-17
Zach Wilson: 14/21, 210, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 rushing TD
Breece Hall: 18 carries, 97 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 100 yards receiving
Defence: 1 INT (Sauce), 2 sacks (Lawson, JFM/Q), 1 fumble recovery (Q)
Special Teams: G Zuerlein 1/1 FG, 5/5 PA; B Mann 46.3 yards average, 2 In20
Positive Take-aways And Highlights From The Jets
On Miami’s first play of the game after being pinned deep in their territory by Braden Mann’s punt, the Jets sent Sauce Garnder on a corner blitz. He got a hit on Miami’s backup QB, Teddy Bridgewater, that resulted in a safety and put Bridgewater out of the game. seventh round pick Skyler Thompson came in for the Dolphins which meant they had to take some time to adjust their game plan.
Sauce Gardner showed up big again, picking off Thompson for his first career INT and giving the Jets’ offense a chance to extend their first quarter lead.
First career pick for @iamSauceGardner!!#MIAvsNYJ on CBS pic.twitter.com/FxpKGcb3wj — New York Jets (@nyjets) October 9, 2022
Breece Hall caught a deep pass on a wheel route from Zach Wilson to put the Jets at the one-yard line. This was a breakout game for Hall who racked up nearly 200 all-purpose yards, setting up two TDs for fellow running back Michael Carter at the one yard line, before finally getting his own in the fourth quarter as the Jets ran up the score on the Dolphins.
Look at the talent. Look at the effort. LET'S GO @BreeceH!!#MIAvsNYJ on CBS pic.twitter.com/z2wVQ2wIyK — New York Jets (@nyjets) October 9, 2022
Quinnen Williams continued a dominant season, causing havoc in the Miami backfield with multiple QB pressures, a share of a sack with JFM, and the fumble recovery in the fourth quarter that frustrated any hopes of a comeback by Miami.
Zach Wilson looked comfortable under center in a game that didn’t require anything spectacular of him. He managed to stay consistent and protect the football under heavy pressure as the latest iteration of the offensive line struggled in pass protection. There were clutch moments late in the game with the score still close at 19-17 where Zach completed third down passes to Corey Davis and Garret Wilson to keep the drive going.
Special teams were solid again as Greg Zuerlein was perfect on a night where he didn’t have much to do, and Braden Mann continues to show great improvement since his week one struggles to keep the Jets on top in the battle for field position all night.
At times this game had the feeling of the Eagles game in 2021, with the Dolphins taking nine-minute drives up the field and the defense just seemed unable to stop the run. Raheem Mostert had 113 yards rushing which allowed the Dolphins to hang in the game until it all unraveled in the fourth quarter. Run defense is something that’s been improved this season with an improved secondary and the impact of Kwon Alexander who had some more highlight-worthy plays against the Dolphins.
KWOOOOOON!!!!#MIAvsNYJ on CBS pic.twitter.com/F2ryEtPA5g — New York Jets (@nyjets) October 9, 2022
The offensive line continues to gel in yet another new formation with Duane Brown returning to left tackle, and the swiss army knife that is AVT moving to right tackle. The pass protection at times was a liability, and the push in the run game was non-existent. But there were flashes of what could be a very good O-Line once the starters return to the field and get some extended time together. Connor McGovern showed why the center is going to be a big position of need this off-season as he whiffed on multiple blocks, and had the entire line flagged for a false start when he forgot how to snap the ball.
Now, it is far too early to be penciling in a postseason run in Week Five, but with games against the struggling Broncos, Packers, and Patriots coming up there are wins to be had and some legitimate excitement to be had as a Jets fan.
The Jets have outdone the pre-season expectations of what looked like a difficult opening stretch of games and have a real chance to go into the bye week 5-4 or even 6-3 with only the Bills looking insurmountable. That would open up the very real possibility of a wild card spot and meaningful games in December.