Will Parkinson walks fans through the numbers that matter in this week’s Jets-Bengals matchup.
405: THE JETS!! That’s right, the Jets had a 400-yard passer in a real regular season football game. For the first time since Christmas eve of 2000 when the Jets had to win in Baltimore to clinch a playoff spot versus the eventual Super Bowl Champs and Vinny Testeverde had a 400-yard game in a loss. The Jets and Mike freaking White have finally broken that streak! White was exceptional on Sunday afternoon, taking everything that was given to him by a Bengals defense that allowed to Jets to get the ball to playmakers in space and make plays. While I don’t know if White can ever repeat this performance, it certainly is something that every Jets fan will remember that they were there or watched the Mike White game!24: That is the amount of touches Michael Carter got Sunday afternoon. Carter has had an impressive rookie year to date but Sunday certainly felt like a coming out party for the 4th round pick out of North Carolina. Whether it was all the broken tackles, his ability to stay on his feet for extra yards and fall forward or his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, Carter showed up in a big way Sunday and if not for the heroics of Mike White he probably is the Jets player of the game. The Jets will look to continue to feed Carter Thursday night if they hope to get a victory in Indianapolis.
414: It took 414 minutes of regular season game action but the New York Jets have finally intercepted a pass, and boy did it come at a big time. Shaw Lawson read the play perfectly, jumped up and batted the ball in the air all while having the wherewithal to track the ball and catch it to force a massive turnover for the Jets to put them in position to score a go-ahead touchdown. The Jets have had plenty of opportunities this year to create turnovers in the pass game and have just missed it whether it be dropped interceptions or being a half a step slow on routes they read perfectly. The Jets needed this turnover in a big way and they got it on the first play of the biggest defensive drive of the game to put themselves in a advantageous situation to score, which they of course did and went on the win the game. The Jets face a QB in Carson Wentz on Thursday night who has 3 interceptions in his last 2 games including 2 REALLY bad picks that ended up costing the Colts the game in possibly their biggest matchup of the season. If they Jets win on Thursday it will be in large part to capitalizing on the gifts that Wentz tends to give in the pass game.
72.7: The Jets kicking game has been a massive red flag 7 games in and Matt Ammendola’s 72.7 made field goal percentage is tied for 30th in the NFL. One of the biggest griped with Robert Saleh to date is his lack of aggressiveness on 4th downs in the RedZone of on short yardage plays in opponents territory. On Sunday afternoons the previous 2 weeks, Saleh has trusted his untrustworthy kicker to make 45+ yard field goals in spots where the Jets should likely be going for it and both times he has missed. It is a huge concern for me with this team because they need every single point they can get especially versus some of the more talented teams in the NFL and the missed kicks from the opponents 35-40 yard line create a short field and are basically a turnover. Whether it’s the Jets bringing in a new kicker or being more aggressive something is going to have to change in that department if the Jets want to win a handful more games in 2021.