What a game. While it’s unfortunate that the New York Jets are more or less out of contention, this was one of the best Jets games I’ve watched in recent years. While there were a few players who deserve some attention, the game was mostly a three man show. Conveniently this week, that’s the number of stickers I’m working with:
Little stat on Kearse and Anderson: They're the first Jets teammates to each have 100-plus receiving yards in consecutive games (Weeks 12-13) since Don Maynard and George Sauer in 1967 (Weeks 16-17).
Bronze Star: WR Robby Anderson (8 receptions, 107 yards, 1 rush, 7 yards)
Robby has been on fire for weeks now, with 490 yards and 5TDs in his last 5 games and over 250 yards in just the last two games. The Kansas City Chiefs clearly gameplanned for Robby by giving him huge cushions, which resulted in 8 catches and a lot of space for his partner in crime this week, Jermaine Kearse. Fun fact from Connor Hughes: They're the first Jets teammates to post consecutive 100 yard games together since Don Maynard and George Sauer in 1967. This might not be Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice working together, but I'm starting to get excited by the idea of adding Quincy Enunwa to this group next year.
Silver Star: QB Josh McCown (26/36, 72.2%, 331 yards, 1 TD, 7 rushes, 19 yards, 2 TDs)
I think everyone has to give it up for McCown this week. The Chiefs defense may not be what it once was, but the Jets put up 38 points on offense without much help from special teams or the defense. Not only did McCown complete over 70% of his passes with no turnovers, he also did a great job on scrambles and QB sneaks for touchdowns. There have been a lot of games in which McCown's stats masked a poor to terrible performance on the field, but this wasn't one of them. If anything, his passer rating (109.8) might not even tell the whole story. He's earned a spot on this list.
Gold: WR Jermaine Kearse (9 receptions , 157 yards)
What can I say, Kearse was on fire this week. He has mostly been average this season, but he manages to light up the helmet stickers list by shining at the right times. This week, he was brilliant, and despite topping 150 yards, the stats don't tell the whole story. If you missed Kearse's sideline catch, I recommend you go watch it now. I'll wait. Done? Yeah, that was incredible body control and concentration to one hand the ball while slipping a knee in bounds. Make sure you don't miss his 51 yard catch and run in which he broke at least two solid tackles while scrambling an extra 40 yards. Kearse is now on pace for about 900 yards and 6 TDs on the season, which is very good for a player tossed into a trade for cap reasons. He should have a place on this team moving forward.
So there you go. After thirteen weeks, the point totals are as follows:
Jermaine Kearse 10 points (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Robby Anderson 7 points (2 gold, 1 bronze)
Kony Ealy 6 points (3 silver)
Marcus Maye 6 points (2 gold)
Jamal Adams 5 points (1 gold, 1 silver)
Muhammad Wilkerson 5 points (2 silver, 1 bronze)
Demario Davis 5 points (2 silver, 1 bronze)
Leonard Williams 4 points (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Jordan Jenkins 3 points (1 gold)
Brandon Shell 3 points (1 gold)
Bilal Powell 3 points (1 gold)
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins 3 points (1 gold)
Morris Claiborne 2 points (1 silver)
Josh McCown 2 points (1 silver)
Darryl Roberts 2 points (1 silver)
Darron Lee 2 points (2 bronze)
Chandler Catanzaro 1 point (1 bronze)
Terrence Brooks 1 point (1 bronze)
Buster Skrine 1 point (1 bronze)
Matt Forte 1 point (1 bronze)