The Jets came out in front of their home crowd hyped up and motivated for their first win of the season. The Jets defensive front set the tone early by not letting Jay Ajayi run all over them. Ajayi only had 11 carries for 16 yards, head scratching to say the least but not when you take a look at the game Demario Davis played. Davis had 10 total stops which led the NFL in week 3 and earned a grade of 93.5 along with Defensive Player of the Week honors from Pro Football Focus. Stuffing the run forced Jay Cutler to throw the ball 44 times. This is not the Dolphins recipe for success. Cutler was sacked three times, averaged five yards a throw and threw for 220 yards to go with an INT and the Dolphins lone touchdown that he threw as time expired to DeVante Parker who salvaged his day on the final drive in which he had 4 catches for 52 yards and the touchdown. Parker totaled 8 catches for 76 yards saving fantasy owners. Cutler had a Quarterback rating of 70.3 and would have been much lower if not for garbage time. The conservative play calling from the Dolphins did not help as they struggled to move the ball down the field. However, you need to give the Jets defense some credit especially in the secondary.
Safety Terrance Brooks, acquired just before the start of the regular season from the Eagles in exchange for CB Dexter McDougle had the best game of his NFL career. Brooks played just three defensive snaps last season as a core special teamer but had two interceptions on Sunday. One of which came on a fake punt from Dolphins Punter Matt Haack and the other from Cutler. Brooks was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Brooks has limited action but has yet to an allow a completion this year. Jamal Adams gets all the attention and should but his sidekick Marcus Maye has been quietly putting together a nice rookie campaign himself. The former Florida Gator played 46 coverage snaps and wasn’t targeted once. On the season Maye has 107 coverage snaps, 3 targets, and 29 yards allowed according to Pro Football Focus. Adams was just as good if not better. On 54 snaps, Adams was targeted twice allowing 0 catches. He had a superb pass breakup along the sidelines in which he came sprinting over basically covering half the field. The very next play Adams had a sack. Its hard for Jet fans not to get excited about Adams as he brings the intensity, energy and leadership the Jets have been lacking.
On the offensive side of the ball the Jets didn’t get the run game going, the trio of Running backs had 30 combined carries for only 96 yards. Though, It was nice to see Bilal Powell get into the endzone from 1 yard out as he had the most touches out of the trio with 15. With the run game stalling you would think McCown would be in for a rough day, nope, exactly the opposite. McCown had his best game as a Jet which allowed him to go 18/23 for 249 yards. He also averaged 10.8 yards per attempt and had a Quarterback rating of 126.3. Lawrence Thomas, yes, Jets Defensive End Lawrence Thomas lined up at Fullback for a few plays and actually ended up catching a pass for 15 yards. Thomas nearly broke a tackle and if he stayed on his feet he had a good shot at the end zone. Austin Seferian-Jenkins returned with 5 catches to go with 31 yards. Seferian-Jenkins will be a bigger part of the offense as the season progresses, six targets out of the gate was nice to see. In my game pre-view I said Robby Anderson was due for a deep ball and he got it to go for 69 yards. He beat Alterraun Verner on a streak down the right sideline for the score. The game was not close as the Jets got their first win of the year with a score of 20-6. Many Jet fans wanted them to tank and go 0-16 but 1-15 is still with in reach which would allow them to take the face of the franchise at Quarterback.
The Jets will host the improved Jaguars in Week 4 while the Dolphins will take the long plane ride to London to play the Saints.