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Famed sports commentator Al Michaels once asked us “do you believe in miracles?” and if you’re a Jets fan, you are starting to wonder if the last couple of weeks have been nothing short of a small miracle.  The Jets have a winning record and wait for it – a two game winning streak.  Maybe this is a sign of things to come now that sophomore QB Zach Wilson is back and seems to be healthy.  Oh it would be so nice to dream about the Jets making the playoffs but wait a minute, there’s 12 more games to go and a lot of things could happen between now and then.  Nevertheless, Jets fans can savor in a winning streak and this year the Green & White seem to be heading in the right direction-for now.

Jets Game Report Card:

Offense:  

You can never be too harsh on an offensive unit when a team wins a game 40-17 and the win comes against a divisional rival.  The Jets discovered that they have a budding ground game and QB Zach Wilson threw 14 for 21 for 210 yards but no passing TD’s this week against the Miami Dolphins Wilson did complete a 79 yard reception to Breece Hall.)  The zero passing TD’s wasn’t that large of an issue given the fact that the Jets ran for five rushing TD’s in this game – only the third time this has happened in franchise history and the first five rushing TD game since 1992.  Even Zach Wilson got in the action with a five yard carry for a TD.  What you are seeing is the maturing of a young QB with Wilson leading TD winning drives last week against the Steelers and this week utilizing the run game against a hapless Dolphins run defense.

RB Breece Hall also amasses 197 total offensive yards and a TD while making critical receptions as well.  RB Michael Carter joined in on the rushing action with two additional TD’s and Braxton Berrios finished off the day with an additional TD on the ground.  The Hall-Carter running tandem appears to be the Jets new not-so-secret offensive weapon and the Jets were prudent to use this weapon to their full advantage this week.

Defense:

MIAMI, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 03: A detailed view of the New York Jets helmet on the bench during the game against the Miami Dolphins in the third quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on November 03, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

When you win a game 40-17, you know your defense did something right for a change and the Jets defense set the tone on the first play of the game-literally.  A called cornerback blitz by Sauce Gardner on the first defensive play of the game knocked backup QB Teddy Bridgewater out of the game and caused a safety.  That play set the tone for the rest of the game as the once promising Dolphins (remember the Dolphins who beat the Bills just a few weeks ago?) were reduced to their third string QB for the rest of this game.  Well, it’s easy to build up defensive stats by attacking a third string QB and that’s exactly what the Jets defense did but so what – this is the NFL and you take the big W whenever and however you can get them.  The Jets defense garnered 16 quarterback hits, an interception, two sacks a strip sack to round out their day.  Again, take the win when you can and the Jets defense shut down Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill to just seven catches for 47 yards on Sunday.

Special Teams:

Braxton Berrios had a 42 yard kickoff return, punter Braden Mann dropped two punts inside the Dolphins ten yard line and kicker Greg Zuerlein made a 34 yard field goal in the special teams contributions to the win on Sunday.  The good news on special teams is that there was no bad news and that all aspects of the special teams units did their job and didn’t give the Dolphins any reason to stay in this game.

Next Week:

Jets fans should rightfully enjoy the winning streak and celebrate a winning record so far this season.  However, there’s another 12 games left this season and next week the Jets face a formidable opponent in Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.  No, the Packers don’t look like teams of Rodger’s past but they’re still a solid team and should really challenge the Jets to see if this winning streak is a fluke or the start of a great 2022 season run.

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