New York Jets Week 18 Review

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Oct 9, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh celebrates a touchdown run by quarterback Zach Wilson (not pictured) against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 New York Jets season came to a close yesterday. As most Jets fans have come to expect, in what was a non-meaningful game for the Jets, it was one ugly season-ending performance, to say the least.

In pitiful fashion, the Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins 11-6. The Jets finished the year 7-10, on a six-game losing streak and dropping seven of their final eight games.

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins Recap:

It was yet another laugher for the Jets when it came to both the time of possession offensively and turnovers defensively. The Jets controlled the football for just 24:35 and, to no surprise, did not create a turnover once again. The Jets’ defense forced one turnover over the final six games and two over their last eight. Let that sink in.

What’s even worse with yesterday’s dreadful time of possession? It still only qualifies as the Jets’ third worst time all year (24:30 Week 11, 24:26 Week 9). Just a constant theme all year for the Jets.

The red zone, efficiency, and penalty battles were nearly equivalent. Both teams went 0-2 inside the 20. The Jets did commit one more penalty (six to five) and allowed 54 yards to the Dolphins’ 47.

On third down, the Jets were the better-executing team, going 7-16 (44%) to the Dolphins 4-13 (31%).

Just another woeful day for the New York Jets offense:

It was a seemingly fitting way for the Jets’ offense to conclude the year. They picked up a total of 187 yards in yesterday’s disaster. Particularly on the ground, it was another terrible outing in which the Jets ran it 20 times for 38 yards (1.9 per carry).

Somehow, considering the Jets’ offensive line was down to three backups, no sacks were allowed, but pressure constantly was as 10 quarterback hits were given up. They also play a key part in the Jets averaging 1.9 yards a run and accumulating 38 yards rushing.

The only Jets offensive player to show up comes as no shock. Garrett Wilson surely helped his Rookie of the Year chances. The first-year wide receiver was targeted a new high of 17 times. Wilson caught nine passes for 89 yards, with his longest reception going for 36. Wilson wraps up year one with 83 catches, 1,103 yards (13.3 yards per catch), and four touchdowns. Just an incredible start.

Struggles to create turnovers, stop the run for the New York Jets defense one last time:

The Jets run defense allowed 162 yards on 5.1 per rush yesterday. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson both averaged 4.5 yards per carry, combining for 143 yards.

Sacks were also once again hard to come by for the Jets’ defensive unit. They had just one yesterday, from Quincy Williams.

The best takeaways defensively yesterday were that Sauce Gardner further asserted himself as the best cornerback in the league. Also, for the second time this year, the Jets limited big plays for Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, who combined, had seven catches for 67 yards.

The Jets’ defense finishes this year ranking as the fourth-best unit in the NFL, allowing 311.1 yards per game. Quite the leap from being 32nd a year ago.

They also finished fourth in scoring defense, giving up just 18.6 points per game. Lastly, the Jets’ pass defense ranked as the third-best in the NFL for 2022, giving up 189.4 yards per game.

Now, with the 2022 regular season in the rearview mirror, all attention for the Jets now turns to what is a massive 2023 offseason.

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