After a hard to watch game at MetLife, the Jets rebounded with a convincing win against a division rival. While week 3 made helmet stickers difficult due to a lack of good performances, week 4 poses the opposite challenge. A lot of players had impressive performances, but not everyone can make the list. Let's begin:
Third Star: Dion Bailey (4 combined tackles, 1 pass defensed)
While it would be easy to give a third star to a player like Brandon Marshall (7 catches for over 100 yards) for a good performance each week (okay, not week 3), Bailey really deserves a ton of credit. Bailey was signed less than a week before the game started, flying a red-eye from Seattle to New York and arriving before dawn. He then had to scramble to fly from his new team's headquarters all the way to London (after a mad dash to find his passport), totaling over 4,700 miles of travel. Not only did he have to fly halfway across the globe, he had to learn a new playbook with a new team in just about 5 days. Somehow, he ended up being thrust onto the field after an injury to Calvin Pryor. Not only did he fill in excellently, but he prevented what could have been a gamechanging touchdown to Jordan Cameron with an excellent play on the ball. While he may not have dominated for 4 quarters, Bailey exceeded even the highest expectations that could be put on him considering the circumstances. For that, he earns himself a star.
Second Star: Muhammad Wilkerson (3 combined tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble)
Wilkerson has been making an excellent push towards a new contract thus far. He had easily his best game of the season against a weak Dolphins line, seemingly living in the backfield and forcing Tannehill out of his comfort zone. Unless you're talking about J.J. Watt, it's not often that a defensive lineman posts tackles, sacks, PDs, and causes a turnover. And the scary thing is that he was even more disruptive than the stat line shows. And he did it without his running mate, Sheldon Richardson. Wilkerson has had some great performances and it has been hard to leave him off this list at times, but he dominated the Dolphins.
First Star: Chris Ivory (29 carries for 166 yards and 1 TD)
Not only is Chris Ivory the ESPN.com's quarter season MVP, he also played a major role in each of the Jets' victories. This time, however, Ivory just simply wouldn't be denied. According to PFF, Ivory ran for 110 yards after first contact against the Dolphins. He leads the NFL in yards after contact per carry and that should come as a huge to surprise to absolutely no one after the beatdown he dropped on the Dolphins. Ivory wasn't just bouncing off undersized corners, he took a full on blow from Suh in the open field and kept running like nothing had happened. Ivory set the tone for the team, and the tone was dominate. Any game in which Ivory picks up over 100 yards after contact is a game the Jets should win. By a comfortable margin.
So after week 4, the scoreboard reads: