In the Jets’ Week 6 and 7 wins over the Packers and Broncos, QB Zach Wilson was held 110 yards and 121 yards through the air. But the Greens and Whites have won both games with a combined 24 points and Green Bay has the NFL’s No. 1-rated pass defense (168.9 yds/g) and Denver is No. 2 (173.1 yds/g). g).
“For the past two weeks, I don’t think we should discredit the fact that we’ve played two very, very good pass defenses in Green Bay and Denver, especially in Denver,” said head coach Robert Saleh to reporters on Monday. “But those two units play a very, very good style of football in terms of pass defense and they make it miserable. We’re not the first or the last team to go through that buzzer that is the Broncos’ defense of Denver – they’re damn good. I still have a lot of faith in our offense, I still have a lot of faith in the passing game. I showed it in the fourth quarter at Pittsburgh, I showed it against Miami. I I know touchdowns don’t show up there, but two of those passes were tackled at 1.”
Wilson is 4-0 as a starter this season and the offense has gone three straight without a turnover. He connected on 57.4% of his passes for 693 yards with 1 TD and 2 INTs while being sacked 8 times.
“Zach is much better than a year ago and he will continue to improve,” Saleh said. “There are just small little details that we are always going to strive for and there are four or five assists that we are always going to want to get back, but I’m not sounding the alarm on the passing game yet. “
Riding on the elite efforts of their defense and special teams, the Jets rushed the Packers 33 times for 179 yards (5.4 yards/rush) and 2 touchdowns. In Sunday’s 16-9 win over the Broncos, the Jets rushed 24 times for 155 yards (6.5 yards/carry) and 1 touchdown. Breece Hall, who will miss the rest of the year with a torn ACL sustained against the Broncos, was responsible for those two long pass receptions against the Dolphins and rushed for 116 yards against the Pack and 72 yards at Denver. But the Jets have great confidence in Michael Carter, and they feel they can beat teams in many ways.
“Personally, from an o-line perspective, this is the formula I like to do,” said C Connor McGovern. “It makes my job a lot easier when you can grind one, grind and hammer and go that way. If I had to choose, I would choose this formula. And testimony to our defense too, they’ve been playing out of their minds, allowing us to use this formula to our advantage.”
The Jets defense currently ranks 6th in yards per play (4.90), 3rd in rushing yards per attempt (3.86) and tied for third with 8 INTs.
“This team is really, really solid defense, kind of ground and hitting and trying, as Saleh says, to land shots to the body,” McGovern said. “And then come the third and fourth quarters, you kind of capitalize on that wear and tear. This team has the ability to do whatever it takes to win.”