Long behold the New York Jets. Just two weeks ago their head coach was nearing unemployment, and the media was beginning to resurface the idea that Sam Darnold could be a bust.
Two wins later and this team is “right back in this thing,” according to Todd Bowles.
Following two high scoring Sundays for the Jets (76 total points), New York is back on it’s high horse. Maybe a little bit of it has to do with the stadium shareholder Giants being so bad, but it’s most likely because this team is playing good football…for the most part.
In all reality, the Jets haven’t seen the most gruesome of the competition quite yet. The Colts and Broncos are both on 4-game losing streaks to say the least. This week, however, the Jets will get a bigger challenge to conquer in the Minnesota Vikings.
Jets are 3-point underdogs at home Sunday against the Vikings #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) October 15, 2018
Can the Jets Keep Soarin’?
Sure, the Jets have found ways to win football games these past few weeks. A variety of ways actually.
They went from a franchise-record rushing day by Isaiah Crowell against Denver, to a franchise-record kicking day by Jason Myers against Indy. Myers actually scored more points (24) than the entire team scored in 15 of its previous 21 games (via Rich Cimini, ESPN). It may make you ask, ‘who will break a record next week?’
Of course, it could be Sam Darnold, who has kept his head high after a number of disappointing showings. Last week, he had the Jets’ most accurate passing day (80 percent) in 11 years.
But then there’s the flip side of all of this. Despite winning back-to-back games for the first time in a full calendar year, the Jets haven’t played the cleanest football. New York allowed Case Keenum to go for 377 passing yards a week ago, and Andrew Luck to go for 307 just the other day.
Now, stack that up against Kirk Cousins and the threatening receiving corps of the Minnesota Vikings, and the Jets could be in trouble.
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"Yeah, everything worked out for the best, I think.”
— Dennis Waszak Jr. (@DWAZ73) October 15, 2018
What to Watch For…
The Jets’ shaken up secondary has had a number of issues over the past few weeks. It shouldn’t get any easier for them against Minnesota.
Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have been consistently torching opposing defenses week after week. If they Jets are once again without Trumaine Johnson and Buster Skrine, there’s a good chance they’ll get beat in the passing game.
That could be said for the running game as well. Despite limiting Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman to a mere 92 yards against Denver, the Jets couldn’t handle Marlon Mack this past week. Mack finished with 89 yards on 12 carries and a season-high 7.4 yards per carry. He also found the endzone.
And lastly, the Jets offense could be in some trouble. They still haven’t been able to find their rhythm in the redzone. They went up against Indy ranked 32rd in efficiency, and submitted to staying there after going 1-for-6 on the day.
“We’re going to have to continue to play well on the road this week against a pretty darn good Jets team.” – Coach Zimmer
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 15, 2018
With a Minnesota defense that has evolved enormously since the start of the season, the Jets may need to rely on their bag of tricks once again to get on the scoreboard.