The regular season is over for the New York Jets and we have to watch teams like the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs play underwhelming playing football on the AFC side of things. The Jets aren’t very far away from playing on this weekend. But before we can look forward, let’s back track to the best play of each game from both sides of the ball (with some honorable mentions thrown in).
Week 1: At Buffalo BillsOffense
Week One wasn’t kind to the Jets offensively but man, what could have been for the rookie if ArDarius Stewart gets this TD. I put this here because 1) McCown didn’t run that horrible delayed shovel pass to Bilal Powell which most likely would have been a turnover and 2) Stewart was actually thrown in the ball with a chance to make a play. We didn’t see much of that the entire year.
Juston Burris was in the perfect position for this tipped interception on the Bills first drive. Unfortunately, Marcus Maye was blocked into Burris and Darron Lee committed a personal foul after the play but if Maye isn’t blocked into him, he has a pick six.Week 2: At Oakland Raiders
In a game that didn’t have many offensive highlights from the Jets, the Josh McCown-Jermaine Kearse relationship got off to a hot start. They had two touchdown connections including this pretty 35 yarder.
DefenseThis was the first real play that we saw Jamal Adams’ motor. He comes from the opposite side of the field, jumps over two Jet players and tackles one of the most difficult running backs to bring down in Marshawn Lynch. This was pretty.
Week 3: Vs. Miami Dolphins
Robby Anderson hauled in his first touchdown of the season in Week 3. It was also the first of many where we saw how Anderson was almost uncover able one on one. He just flat out beat the corner up the field with ease.
This was another flash of how great Adams can be. He picks up the slot receiver running down the seam, flips his hips and covers an enormous amount of ground to get the deflection.
Week 4: Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
That vaunted Jaguars defense gave up two touchdown runs of 69 yards to Elijah McGuire and this 75 yarder from Bilal Powell. The Jaguars thought they had Powell down but he just gets up to finish off the play. One of the bigger “what the heck just happened” moments of this Jets season.
BIG MAN INTERCEPTION. The first of three (!) defensive linemen interceptions the Jets had in 2017 was by Kony Ealy. He was Dikembe Mutumbo in the first half of the season, blocking passes at an alarming rate and it culminating with this interception.
Week 5: At Cleveland Browns
Set up by a similar play earlier in the game, McCown gets the corner to bite on the pump fake to Anderson who’s setting up for a bubble screen which leaves Kearse on a wheel route wide open for the game winning touchdown.
Marcus Maye recored his first interception of the year on this beautiful read. He not only recognized the out route but took a perfect angle on the pass to get the interception. He was also aided by an awful read and throw from Deshone Kizer.
Week 6: Vs. New England Patriots
McCown evades the pressure on third down and lofts it up to Jeremy Kerley as he makes an amazing catch that set up a Jets touchdown. MetLife was a zoo.
Buster Skrine recovers great on this route to make the interception. Brady under throws a ball that probably wouldn’t have been caught anyways with Maye having safety help on the route.
Week 7: At Miami Dolphins
Robby Anderson hauls in the 18 yard touchdown pass but the thing that makes this play great was his celebration afterwards. Jumping into the stands and hanging out for a few. The Jets are fun!
Maye sees this the whole way. Cutler stares down his receiver and Maye makes another great jump on the ball for his second interception of the season.
Week 8: Vs. Atlanta Falcons
Desmond Trufant one on one against Robby Anderson? Anderson cooks him easily for the 29 yard touchdown. Another example of Andersons improved ability to win at the snap.
Anderson battles with the corner up the field and makes a great catch in the middle of a monsoon.
One of the only signs of effort this year from Mo Wilkerson. See ya!
Week 9: Vs. Buffalo Bills
For one week, the Jets were the talk of the internet and not for anything bad. #JetsDanceToEverything dominated social media and did numbers for us here at TOJ with Joe’s detailed breakdown of everyone involved.
Week 10: At Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This might start sounding like a Robby Anderson love fest but the guy had a phenomenal season. This late touchdown on a 9 route looked too easy. The only question is why didn’t the Jets try this early and often against one of the worst secondaries in the league?
Jets fans are used to seeing this. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception while the Bucs were driving. Darryl Roberts make a great move to undercut the route and make the interception.
Week 12: Vs. Carolina Panthers
Go up and get it young man! Who says Robby isn’t strong enough to go up and grab the ball? This was an incredible catch, an incredible play getting his feet down and incredible strength holding onto the ball through hitting the ground.
#VetSavvy by McCown to tell Anderson to go deep on the rollout and great ballerina skills by Anderson to keep his feet in bounds.
After the first drive of the game, the Jets defense settled down and started getting pressure on Cam Newton. This sack was fun to watch considering they absolutely crushed him on it.
Week 13: Vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Jermaine Kearse showed late in the season that he was excellent at getting that all important YAC. This time he sets up the game winning Jets touchdown with a 51 yard catch and run.
A great one handed catch from Kearse on third down.
In a game where defense was scarce, Jamal Adams almost seals the game with an interception with a great break on the ball. The Jets stopped the Chiefs on fourth down but Adams came ever so close to getting his first interception of the year.
Week 14: At Denver Broncos
The Jets did next to nothing in Denver. The only real highlight was this Robby Anderson one handed tip catch that almost resulted in an injury.
Leonard Williams and Mo Wilkerson both take on double teams and get in on the tackle. I’m surprised Mo didn’t just throw his hands up and give up when he saw two guys were blocking him.
Week 15: At New Orleans Saints
Bryce Petty threw his best pass of the season to Elijah McGuire against the Saints. The Jets got McGuire out wide on a linebacker and utilized his speed for a huge gain.
BIG MAN INT PART TWO! Leonard Williams drops in coverage and Drew Brees throws it right to him. I’ve seen this many times before and it usually ends up off the Jets defenders face mask. Credit to Big Cat for those hands.
Week 16: Vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Remember when Matt Forte was taking away carries from Powell? Another play that shows just how dumb that decision was. Powell with the 57 yard touchdown and how about Jonotthan Harrison out here leading the charge! Wes Johnson could never.
Credit to Connor Rogers for this one. This wasn’t a play that you’d normally think of twice about but Jordan Jenkins does a great job of blowing up the pulling guard and stopping Melvin Gordon from a potentially big game.
Week 17: At New England Patriots
This was the best moment on either side of the ball during a New Years Eve throttling at the hands of the New England Patriots.
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