In this edition of “Jets by the Numbers,” Will Parkinson breaks down key metrics fans should pay attention to heading into this week’s game against the Bengals.
10: This is the number of starts that Jets starting Quarterbacks have missed over the past 3 seasons. Sam Darnold was known as a durable prospect coming out of USC and the Jets failed to protect him and, through 6 weeks of Zach Wilson’s career there is a new disturbing trend with him now out 2-4 weeks with a PCL sprain. Obviously, you cannot control a defender hitting your QB low after the play but the play where Zach Wilson believes he hurt his knee, Ryan Griffin was blocking the Patriots best defender Matt Judon 1-on-1 and left Wilson laying on the turf. The Jets must do a better job of protecting Zach as well as teaching him to not take unnecessary hits.
0: The Jets still have zero first quarter points this season tying a record set by the 2008 Detroit Lions. Those Lions went 0-16 and were one of the worst teams ever and this Jets team is certainly not that. That said, the Jets MUST find a way to start faster and not allow themselves to be put in a early hole that is nearly impossible to climb out of. While the staff was confident it had this issue figured out after the bye, it is clear that the staff going to be back to the drawing board is in order. With Wilson out for a few weeks, the hope is the staff, with a veteran like Flacco, can scheme up a good opening script to get 3 or 7 on the first drive.
27: The Jets 3rd leading receiver in touches and 2nd leading receiver in targets is Elijah Moore. While Moore’s overall production is not yet there with just 9 physical receptions and the one carry that resulted in a touchdown, but the Jets must continue to feed Moore the football. I would like to see them continue to manufacture touches for Moore on screens, quick game and let him get the ball in his hands. On Sunday when they got Moore the ball, he took a screen for 15 yards with no hope in it and a reverse for 19 yards and a touchdown while running 19.78 MPH according to NextGen stats.
1: Since the Jets’ monster win vs the Titans in week 4 where the Jets defensive line registered 7 sacks, they’ve registered just 1 in the last 2 games combined. One of the strengths of this Jets team is the defensive line even without Carl Lawson who been disruptive until the last 2 weeks. It feels like the Jets defense that has been on the field for what feels like the entire season that overall, they look gassed the last 2 weeks. I believe, with the Bengals coming to town with their weak pass blocking, the Jets have a chance to get themselves back on track. If the Jets have any chance of upsetting the Bengals this week, the Jets’ defensive line is going to have to wreak havoc on Joe Burrow and this potent passing attack. We should expect a bounce back game from John Franklin-Myers and Bryce Huff this week.