3 Takeaways from the Jets’ 6-3 Start to the 2022 Season

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The New York Jets came to their bye with a 6-3 record. They are thriving with 5 wins in their last 6 games and their 5 conference wins are the most in the AFC. Residing in the only division in the NFL where each team is over .500, the Jets played their home division slate with a 2-1 mark. The Jets and Eagles are the only NFL teams with unblemished road records at 4-0. The Greens and Whites also lead the league in the fourth quarter with +58 points.

The Jets have one of the best defenses in the league, a fast and violent group that has playmakers at all three levels. DT Quinnen Williams (7 sacks, 17 QB hits) is having an All-Pro season and the revamped secondary, which had a record 6 interceptions from different players, contributed to a unit that is tied for second in the NFL with 11 INT. The Jets have arguably the best outside CB tandem in the NFL with DJ Reed and Sauce Gardner and they are the only team to record 6 or more PDs in 4 of the last 6 games.

DL John Franklin-Myers said of Williams: “We all understand that you see how he plays at an All-Pro level, and he makes the team better. With him, the sky is the limit and we all want to play. out of it and just help it be great. I think that will lead us to success as well.

Offensively, QB Zach Wilson is 5-1 as a starter and he completed a career-high 72% of his passes against the Bills in an upset win last Sunday. Rookie wide Garrett Wilson has been electrifying and leads all rookies with 3 games over 90 receiving yards. The Jets continue to adapt without two of their best players, RB rookie Breece Hall and OL Alijah-Vera Tucker – both with season-ending injuries in Denver. But the team’s depth and ingenuity continue to be on display in the backfield and up front. When they needed a practice in the fourth quarter against the Bills, the Jets imposed their will on a good defense by beating Michael Carter and James Robinson, running 10 times for 77 yards before a game-winning field goal. The Jets are hoping to get Corey Davis, who is averaging 18.5 yards per reception after the bye, but has missed the last two games with a knee injury. And they continue to look for ways to implicate Elijah Moore more in the offense.

“We’re trying to find more opportunities for him,” HC Robert Saleh told CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson this week. “I think he played 27 games last week. Elijah is a great football player and he will be a big reason why we win here for a very long time. Obviously it’s up to the coaches to keep finding ways to give him the ball, find ways to give him chances. It’s a new position because we’ve played him away for the most part. We try to find ways to use all his strength.

Brant Boyer is once again coordinating an excellent special teams group that played one of the most decisive plays of the first half, executing an onside kick at Cleveland in Week 2 that helped propel the Jets to a miraculous win over the Browns.

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