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What are you most happy about from the New York Jets 38-31 over the Kansas City Chiefs?
Joe Caporoso: The way the team responded to falling behind 14-0. This was not a team who could take a punch last season. Once you hit them in the mouth, they folded. You got a reminder why by seeing Darrelle Revis loafing around for the Chiefs on Sunday. This team plays with a high level of confidence and played necessarily aggressive against a more talented team en route to the win. It was a banner day for Offensive Coordinator John Morton, who had free receivers running open all over the field, which quarterback Josh McCown took advantage of. The Jets were dominant on third down as the Chiefs had no answer for the currently thriving duo of Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse. This was the offense’s best overall day of the 2017 season.
David Aitken: After last week which seemed to be Robby Anderson’s coming out game confirming his status as one of the best young receivers in the league, he followed it up with another strong performance in a way not often seen from him. Hauling in eight receptions (a career best) for 108 yards and a high of “just” 26 yards, Anderson bucked the one trick pony label. Hauling in 67% of his targets and consistently working the Kansas City defense underneath, he proved that he cannot be removed from a game through simply playing him off. His emergence continues to be arguably the brightest aspect of this Jets season.
Scott Mason: The best part of the Jets 38-31 win over the Chiefs at Metlife Stadium Sunday was the continued emergence of Robby Anderson as one of the best young receivers in football and the solid production continuing from Jermaine Kearse.
I went into the season expecting Kearse to be one and done in NY, but now I’m not so sure. Kearse has a legitimate chance to reach the 1,000 yard mark for the season and has been a nice security blanket for Josh McCown. He and Anderson have turned into a nice tandem, and if you throw a healthy Quincy Enunwa into the mix and they either sign somebody or get progress out of Hansen or Stewart, the Jets could have a nice group of receivers to go with ASJ (presumably) at tight end.
But Anderson has just been an absolute stud. He’s top ten in the AFC in yards, top 5 in TDs, top 5 in catches over 20 YDS, top 5 in YPC. Anderson has shown steady hands, good ball location skills, and an ability to use his body to box out, none of which are traits he displayed coming out of Temple or even in his rookie season with the Jets. He’s becoming a star before our very eyes, and I am very much looking forward to watching him make dynamic plays the rest of the season.
Greg Armstrong: The resiliency to come back after two absolutely awful defensive drives to get in a 14-0 hole was very impressive. Last years team loses that game 38-10 but with this core group of guys, they believe they can win every game against any team they’re up against. It’s one thing to get knocked down but this is a team that can get knocked down, stand up and punch the opponent right in the mouth.
The wide receivers! Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson go for over 100 yards receiving and Chad Hansen is out here catching third down conversions like he was born to. Kearse has shown that he’s a tough tackle when he gets the ball while Anderson continues to improve every week. Not bad for a guy that was traded for Sheldon Richardson and a 2nd round pick and a guy that didn’t even get drafted.
John Morton also put in his best performance of the year. He called a phenomenal game and didn’t take is foot off the gas, which we’ve seen him do countless times this year. Hopefully next week isn’t a let down.
Ben Blessington: I’m most excited about the effort that this team is playing with, even with virtually nothing left to play for but pride. This type of energy and effort didn’t exist last year, and it’s a great sign to see from the young guys. It definitely makes it hard to cheer for the tank when these guys are consistently giving it their all. And who knows maybe the Jets win out and get a little help. A pipe dream? Definitely. But it is nice that a team that was predicted to go 0-16 is still in the playoff hunt in December.
I’d also like to add that watching Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson dominate all year makes me beyond excited for 2018. The Jets will have Enunwa, Anderson, and Kearse. A towering ASJ. And somebody new added to the Powell/McGuire duo. It will elevate whoever is under center. And on the other side of the ball, building blocks like Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Jordan Jenkins, Darron Lee, and others add to my overall excitment of the potential of this team. Seems like the Jets could finally be building a long term winner if they find the right QB. If the Jets play their cards right, this new era of Jets football could be the most fun in awhile.
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