What an exciting game at MetLife stadium today. The 2105 Snoopy Bowl did not disappoint and the Jets escaped with a victory. Five thoughts on the Jets exciting come from behind victory today at the Meadowlands.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has Completely Silenced the Critics – After the Jets lost in Houston two weeks ago, the Jets found themselves on the wrong side of the wildcard hunt. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a poor day throwing for 216 yards a touchdown and two interceptions in that game. The critics all came out and many claimed that it was time to see what Geno Smith could do behind center. Boy has Fitz silenced those critics. Over the last two weeks, Fitz has thrown for 667 yards, 6 touchdowns, and has completed 66.7 % of his throws. That includes 390 yards today against the Giants, the most by a Jets quarterback in a win since Ken O’Brien finished with 431 yards against Seattle back in 1986.
Run Defense has been fantastic – Fresh off a game where the run defense was absolutely outstanding, allowing just 12 yards on 9 carries against Miami, they showed up again. The Giants did rush for 74 yards in this contest, but on 24 carries an average of 3.08 yards per carry. The crew up front and the linebackers have been playing the run well and boast the number one overall run defense in the NFL at 83.5 yards per game.
The Jets Arguably Have the Best Wide Receiver Duo in the League – The front office has done a great job in turning one of the worst receiving corps in the league two years ago, to having one of the best. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall have combined for 142 grabs, 1,863 yards and 18 touchdowns. That’s best in yardage and tied for the touchdown lead with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns of Jacksonville. They have tied the Jets season record of touchdowns by a duo with Keyshawn Johnson and Wayne Chrebet had 18 in 1998. It was also the first time since 1986 that each member of a wide receiver duo broke 100 yards in a road win since 1986 (Toon and Walker). With 199 more receiving yards for Decker, Marshall and Decker will be the first Jets duo to each break 1,000 yards receiving since Johnson and Chrebet did it in 1998.
The Pass Defense Survived without Revis – Survived is the only word I could come up with. Odell Beckham Jr. had a fantastic day against the Jets defense, catching 6 balls for 149 yards and a 72 yard touchdown. I truly feel that Beckham doesn’t have the day he does if a healthy Revis or even a healthy Marcus Williams is in the lineup today. They gave up 297 yards through the air to Eli Manning, but made just enough plays to give the offense a chance to win the game. Cannot wait to get a fully functioning and healthy unit back on the field. Fingers crossed that happens next week. Watching Marcus Gilchrist try to play corner was just painful. Rontez Miles did fill in nicely at safety, however, notching his first career interception.
Jets Once Again Control Their Own Destiny – After spending some time on the outside looking in, the Jets have once again found themselves in the driver’s seat. They currently hold down the 6 seed, and control their own destiny. If the NFL season were to end right now, the Jets would travel to New England for a wildcard round match up with the Patriots. Jets fans become huge Colts fans tonight in hopes of owning the 6th seed outright, and not through tiebreakers. Huge comeback win today for gang green who welcome the Titans to town fresh off a 42-39 win against the Jaguars.