After a disappointing showing week 4 in Jacksonville, the New York Jets were firing on all cylinders against the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon. Sam Darnold and the Jets offense annihilated the Broncos defense for over 500 total yards and beat Denver 34-16.
While the final result brought joy to the Jets faithful, it wasn’t all smiles early. The Broncos jumped out to an early 7-0 start after a Bilal Powell fumble set quarterback Case Keenum and the Broncos up in the RedZone. And after a Jets missed field goal on the next drive, it looked as if New York head coach -Todd Bowles- and his squad were in for a long afternoon.
The Jets were able to turn it around in the second quarter however thanks in large part to Isaiah Crowell and his historic performance on the ground. Crowell started the Jets scoring off with a 77-yard run in route to a career-high (and Jets record) 219 yards on only 15 carries. From there on out it was all Jets. Rookie Quarterback Sam Darnold threw two long touchdown passes to receiver Robby Anderson before the end of the half to give the Jets a 21-10 lead and they never looked back.
Feeling his seat getting warmer, coach Todd Bowles had his team ready to play as they dominated the Broncos on all fronts. The Jets had a great game plan for Von Miller and the Broncos strong pass rush, as they committed to the run early and never let up running for over 300 yards on the ground.
The young quarterback Darnold also showed great promise behind a strong performance by the Jets offensive line. He completed a few key 3rd down conversions and showed off his deep ball accuracy on his 3 touchdown passes to Robby Anderson and Terrelle Pryor.
The defense had a strong outing as well getting constant pressure on Denver quarterback Case Keenum. Most importantly the defense got breakout performances from two key defenders, Leonard Williams and Marcus Maye, who are critical to the team’s long-term success. Williams had been struggling as of late but silenced his critics with two sacks. Marcus Maye, who missed the start of the season due to injury, had a solid season debut, forcing a fumble and an interception.
At 2-3, the Jets are only one game out of first place with a favorable matchup at home against the struggling Indianapolis Colts next week. If rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and the rest of the team’s young playmakers continue to progress and improve, the Jets have the potential to make some noise in the AFC East and compete with the division-leading Patriots.