By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets silenced the uneducated “haters” who were predicting an 0-16 season Sunday afternoon, defeating the Miami Dolphins in their home opener, 20-6, for their first win of the year.
Quarterback Josh McCown went 18-of-23 for 249 yards and a touchdown, 95 yards of which came from Robby Anderson, as he had three catches and a beautiful 69-yard scoring hookup.
The Jets definitely worked on the distribution in the run game as well, as even though the yardage number decreased, there were powerful runs playing to Matt Forté’s strength, open space runs playing to Elijah McGuire’s strength and short yardage runs for Bilal Powell, who also scored a rushing touchdown.
Fumbles proved to still be a big problem for the Jets, as they had three in the game. Two came from McCown, though both were recovered by the offense, but rookie McGuire lost a fumble.
The defense was quite literally as perfect as it gets for the Jets this week. Buster Skrine, Jamal Adams and newly signed David Bass all had a sack, and on top of that, safety Terrence Brooks had two interceptions. Demario Davis led the team with 12 tackles, and it is just about always a good thing when a linebacker leads the team in tackles. Unfortunately, the Jets couldn’t hold the shutout, as DeVante Parker caught a touchdown pass for pride with no time left, but there won’t be a lot of complaining, as the Jets are happy they won the game.
Early in the game, kicker Chandler Catanzaro made a 40-yard field goal for the Jets’ first lead of the season, and they never let it go.
The Jets will now get their first week of rest following a home game, as they will invite the Jaguars next week. Even though the Jags don’t have their No. 1 target, Allen Robinson, they have fared quite well, beating the Ravens 44-7 Sunday morning. The Jaguars certainly aren’t the pushover they once were, as they are 2-1 on the season, but the Jets will have a great opportunity to even their record next week.