1st & 10: We Needed This

Stephen Russo reacts to the Jets’ overtime win yesterday against the Titans.

On this installment of 1st & 10, Stephen Russo breaks down his 10 biggest takeaways from the Jets win yesterday!

1st…

The Jets victory over the Titans on Sunday at MetLife was so much more than just the first win for an 0-3 team. It was the first win for a new head coach. The first win for a rookie quarterback. And a much needed win for a starving fan base that was just clamoring for some excitement… and boy, did the Jets deliver. This game was a bit of a roller coaster, as through the first quarter it seemed to be building up as the same offensive dud that we’ve unfortunately become accustomed to. Luckily, for all of us, that changed.

Mike LaFleur seemingly took the training wheels off of Zach Wilson and turned the kid loose in front of a jacked up home crowd and he showed everyone why he was so special. This game surely wasn’t without drama, and most of it was self-inflicted, The Jets had numerous chances to close this game out: an almost executed 3rd and 10 to close the game out, a 4th down PI call on the final drive, an ill-timed QB bootleg at the goal line in OT, all of which left me saying, “here we go again….” I am sure that many Jets fans are with me. However, this team kept fighting and ultimately delivered as Randy Bullock let the Titans chance at a tie sail wide left.

What a win for a team, a quarterback, a head coach, and a fan base that absolutely needed one like that.

&10…

1. Zach Wilson showed every Jets fan exactly why he was worth the #2 overall pick on Sunday. Sure, he missed some throws, but also had at least 4 “WOW” plays – capped by the 53 yard bomb to Corey Davis for a touchdown. Wilson was fun to watch and is only going to get better.

2. The offensive line played much better in this game. I’m excited to see how it can continue to gel, especially once Mekhi Becton comes back from injury.

3. Through the first four weeks, the Jets defense has been nothing short of impressive. They are consistently keeping the team in games and playing aggressive, inspired, and leaving nothing on the field. Considering the injuries this group is dealing with makes what they are doing they much more surreal. All the credit in the world should go to Saleh and Ulbrich for getting the most out of this group.

4. CJ Mosley might actually be worth every single penny of that $85M contract.

5. Corey Davis dropped another well thrown ball from Wilson that would have been a first down – a catch that he was paid to make and needs to being making those tough catches regularly. However, he TOTALLY redeemed himself with how he finished the game.

6. Quincy Williams was all over the field and in two games of legitimate action – I like what I see. However, I would love to see him keep his eyes on the ball a little more as opposed to the big hit. Two interceptions were right there for the taking.

7. I think Jamison Crowder being back in the lineup was a significant help to this offense.

8. The defensive line is better than advertised and continues to improve. 7 sacks and 14 QB hits on Tannehill is impressive. I can’t imagine how good this unit would be with Carl Lawson.

9. A focus for the entire coaching staff needs to be cutting down on penalties – 27 through 4 weeks is too many and too difficult for a young team to overcome.

10. Even though the pass missed high, I loved the call to throw past the sticks to Corey Davis on the Jets final drive on 3rd and 10. Furthermore, I love Saleh saying he was going for it on 4th and goal from the 1 yard line in OT if it came to it. Aggressive. Play to win. Coach to win. Just another welcomed change of pace.