Grading the Jets’ 26-21 win over the Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
The Jets got the ground game going against the Jaguars and rushed for 273 yards, their highest rushing total since 2018. The Jets had 373 total yards, averaging 6.3 yards per play. QB Zach Wilson (14 of 22, 102 yards, 1 passing TD, 89.6 rating, 4 rushes, 91 yards, 1 rushing TD) did more damage with his legs than his arm. His 52-yard touchdown was the longest by a QB in Jets history. The offensive line did a great job, allowing one sack and opening holes in the running game. RB Michael Carter had 16 rushes for 118 yards.
Down five starters due to COVID, the Jets held their own. They gave up 384 yards but managed to get some big stops. QB Trevor Lawrence (26 of 39, 280 yards, 87.6 rating, 1 fumble) had some nice throws but did not take enough advantage of the depleted Jets defense. LB C.J. Mosley had 10 tackles and a strip sack of Lawrence. The defense mounted a goal-line stand at the end of the game to preserve the win.
Braxton Berrios had a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Jets’ first touchdown return since 2018. The Jets had a big day on returns all game with Berrios and Tevin Coleman giving the Jets good field position. This grade is not an A because of two penalties and a missed extra point by Eddy Pineiro.
Give Ron Middleton credit for handling a tough situation really well. The Jets had 20 players on the COVID list and head coach Robert Saleh had to watch the game on TV. Middleton had the right demeanor to handle the adversity and had the Jets ready to play. Offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur leaned on his running game and it worked. Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich used blitzes effectively against Lawrence.