The New York Jets are 7-4 entering December and back in the playoffs for now. Following a convincing home win, 31-10, over the Chicago Bears, the excitement surrounding this football team is palpable.
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Mike White generates even more excitement for the New York Jets:
Of course, a lot of that excitement has to do with the continued success of Mike White.
On the day, White went 22-28 (78.6% completion), for 315 yards (11.3 yards per attempt), for three touchdowns to no interceptions, leading to a tremendous 149.3 rating.
He provided the Jets’ offense with all that it simply needed and what most of the fan base expected. A reliable distributor who can play within the structure of the offense, accurately deliver the football, and let the Jets’ awesome skill positions players do their thing.
It is more than safe to say that the Jets locker room loves White and, to no surprise, rallied around him in poor conditions this afternoon and were all elated for his dominance postgame.
From there, all of the Jets’ skill position players were involved today.
Starting on the ground, Michael Carter left with an injury but still totaled 36 yards from scrimmage.
Undrafted rookie Zonovan “Bam” Knight got his first opportunity and ran with it. Knight had 14 rushing attempts go for 69 yards (4.9 per carry). He had three catches for 34 yards as well, giving 103 total from scrimma — an impressive start to his young career.
Ty Johnson was awesome as well. He got five carries, ran for 62 yards (12.4 per carry), and had a 32-yard touchdown. Johnson had 16 receiving yards as well.
In total, on the ground, the Jets ran the football 32 times for 158 yards (4.9 per rush) and a touchdown. The offensive line paved the way for the run game success. They only allowed one sack and three quarterback hits as well, putting together a terrific day as a unit.
Through the air, the Jets had 10 players catch passes.
Garrett Wilson led the way with five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. His longest play was a big 54-yarder.
Finally, Elijah Moore had the big game all Jets fans were wanting. He caught both of his targets for 64 yards and a touchdown. Moore had an explosive for this passing game himself, as his first catch went for 42 yards. It was great to finally see Moore integrated and providing the spark for the Jets offense he is capable of.
At wide receiver, Corey Davis, Braxton Berrios, and Denzel Mims all had a catch. Tight ends Tyler Conklin and CJ Uzomah had three apiece. As mentioned above, all three running backs made contributions as pass-catchers. This type of production, spreading the football around to everyone, was the type of execution everyone anticipated from White.
Defensively, the Jets limited the Bears to 10 points, shutting them out in the second half. The defense also slowed down the Bears’ offense to just 292 yards of offense.
Up front, as usual, Bryce Huff had his third down sack. John Franklin-Myers and Nathan Shepherd split the other one the Jets had on the day. The three of them, along with Quinnen Williams and C.J. Mosley all had quarterback hits.
Mosley had 10 total tackles, leading the Jets’ defense, and picked up the lone turnover for the defense on the day with an incredible interception in the fourth.
On special teams, Greg Zuerlein made a long 57-yarder in the second quarter, kicking in tough, inclement weather. He went 4-4 on extra points as well.
All in all, the spark that was predicted by so many from White came to fruition. In the midst of a completive playoff race, the Jets needed to pick themselves back up after a frustrating week. This was the exact type of performance they needed. It feels great to say that the Jets are 7-4 going into December.