Jets By the Numbers

Will Parkinson’s newest column ahead of this week’s Jets-Bills game.

In this edition of “Jets By the Numbers,” Will Parkinson tackles 4 key metrics ahead of this Sunday’s Jets-Bills game.

14: The New York Jets are 14th in the NFL in passing yards per game…no I am not joking. In large part to the last two weeks in which the Jets have throw for 834 yards and shot themselves up from the bottom of the NFL in passing where they have spent a better part of a decade, to being in the upper half of the league just 8 games into the Mike LaFleur era is pretty damn impressive. Whether it’s because he is now up in the booth or if it is more about the quick decision making and execution, the Jets need to continue to attack through the air in a a quick and efficient manor. While we haven’t seen a ton of the deep shots the past few weeks with Mike White and Josh Johnson, the Jets have effectively attacked the holes in the defense and created matchups with a ton of motion. If they can continue to produce at an even close to similar clip it will lead to a bunch more wins for gang green in 2021.

3: Contrary to be first number to breakdown with how good the Jets have been through the air the past few weeks, the Bills have been just as good if not better defending QBs. The Bills have allowed just 3 quarterbacks to have 200 yards or more through the air and a whopping 0 QBs to eclipse the 300 yard mark. It’s why it’s likely if the Jets are able to throw the ball Sunday afternoon is such a key because of how important it’s been to their offense and how important this really strong Bills defense has been to their success. The Bills are a nightmare for opposing QBs and they will look to continue to take the ball away as well as get after the QB on Sunday to help them get a win in the Meadowlands.

2933: Through 9 weeks (8 games) The Jets have had rookies play the most snaps of any NFL team. This is even with Zach Wilson missing the past few weeks and guys like Jamien Sherwood out for the year. This Jets draft class has a chance to be very special and while it hinges upon the Jets developing Zach Wilson, they have gotten guys like Michael Carter, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Elijah Moore and Brandin Echols and Michael Carter II amongst others to show massive flashes that they can not only contribute in 2021 on this young Jets team but in the long term as guys who can help reset the culture and develop a winner. With the big play ability of Elijah Moore in the past 3 weeks it Is certainly something to watch going forward if he can continue to flash and make a statement versus this fantastic Bills pass defense.

130: The Jets defense has been really bad the past few weeks for multiple different reasons but giving up 130 points in 3 weeks isn’t acceptable. It was just a month ago where all the compliments on the Jets coaching staff were going to the defensive side of the ball and since then they have been getting gashed particularly in the run game. The Colts and Patriots used the quick passing game and specifically the run game to counter the Jets aggressive front 4 and gash them for big plays capped off by the Johnathan Taylor 78 yard run. This week the Jets have a good matchup to get themselves right because the Bills have struggled a bunch recently to run the ball and protect Josh Allen. While the Bills have fantastic weapons and Josh Allen is a really good QB, the Bills offensive line has taken a massive step back this year and if the Jets can replicate what the Steelers and Jaguars defense has done this season versus Buffalo, then the Jets have a chance to get a massive divisional upset on Sunday. If the Bills can protect Josh Allen and create the big play, it could get ugly for the Jets who have been a MUCH different team at home than on the road.