The New York Jets picked up their first win of the season, beating the Dallas Cowboys by the final score of 24-22. After dealing with a myriad of injuries and lopsided losses, a strong win over an imposing Cowboys squad was a welcome sign.
The Jets have been one of the unluckier teams in the NFL, dealing with injuries all over their offense and defense. Many players have tried to step up and do their part, but the results were often a mixed bag. This was hardly the case on Sunday. Here are three players who were keys to a win for Gang Green.
The slot specialist finished the day with six catches for 98 yards, but his impact was far greater than the numbers. Quarterback Sam Darnold has already formed a clear connection with the 26-year old wideout, and he knows when to toss him the ball in space.
Crowder used his shiftiness in space to gain large chunks for the offense, as his 16.3 yards per reception were his highest of the season.
In the two games in which Darnold has played, Crowder averages ten receptions and 98.5 yards per game. Without his starting quarterback, those numbers drop to just above 2.6 receptions for 25 yards in each outing.
En route to what will probably be his second straight Pro Bowl appearance, Jamal Adams had yet another unstoppable outing. He was everywhere on the field, as his team-high nine tackles help indicate. He also recorded a pass defended and a tackle for loss, showcasing his talent as one of the best defensive backs in the league.
In a season where so many things have gone wrong, it’s terrific to see that Adams hasn’t missed a step.
The sophomore signal-caller returned for the first time in 4 games, and it immediately became clear that his presence was sorely missed. Trying to preserve a 7-3 lead in the second quarter, Darnold threw one of the best passes of his young career. His terrific bomb turned into a 92-yard touchdown thanks to the legs of Robby Anderson, stretching the Jets lead into double digits.
He finished the day with 338 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception while posting a quarterback rating of 113.8, the 4th highest of his career. It’s performances like this that have Jets fans crowning Darnold as their franchise quarterback of the future, and it’s not hard to see why.
The New York Jets are 1-4, but don’t let the record fool you. There are impact players littered all over the roster, and they’re certainly going to make fans excited for what the future holds.