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Notable Numbers from the Jets’ Win Over Denver

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  • The Jets have 14 sacks thus far, tying them for 9th in the league to this point of the year. That puts them on pace for 45 over the course of the year. If they reached that total, it would be their best since picking up 45 in 2014, and would tie for their 4th best single-season total in team history (behind the 1981, 1985, and 1983 teams).
  • Isaiah Crowell currently ranks 11th among running backs in scrimmage yards with 426, while Bilal Powell ranks 17th with 329. They are one of only two pairs of running back teammates in the NFL who are both ranked top-20 at the position in scrimmage yards, along with the ChargersMelvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.
  • Crowell’s 219 yard rushing performance set a new Jets franchise record, regular season and playoffs.

Crowell picked up those 219 yards on 15 carries, a 14.6 yards per carry average. That’s the highest single-game average in NFL history, regular season or playoffs, among outings with a minimum of 15 carries.

  • The 325 rushing yards by the Jets was their second-best total in team history, one spot behind a 333 yard performance at New England in October of 1972.

It was a team record for rushing yards at home.

  • Sam Darnold has thrown 6 touchdown passes of 20 yards or more so far this season. That’s tied for the current league lead with (Jets legend & fan favorite) Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ben Roethlisberger.

Comparatively, that total matches those of both Roethlisberger and Tom Brady over all of 2017, while beating the totals of Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, and Eli Manning.

Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen have combined for 4 touchdown passes of 20+ yards this season.

The record for most 20+ yard touchdown passes in a single season by a rookie over the past decade is 9, done by both Brandon Weeden and Dak Prescott. At his current pace, Darnold is on track to double that record.

  • In his first five weeks in the NFL, Sam Darnold has now won two starts in which he threw for 2+ passing touchdowns and a 95+ quarterback rating.

The only other quarterback in NFL history to accomplish that twice in his first five weeks in the league is Carson Wentz.

  • Darnold is on pace for 3,411 passing yards and 22 touchdown passes. That would place him 10th all-time in rookie passing yardage, and tie him for 5th in rookie passing touchdowns.

The only other rookies to hit both of those marks are Peyton Manning, Jim Kelly, Andrew Luck, Jameis Winston, and Dak Prescott.

  • Darnold, throwing 29.8 passes and taking 2.2 sacks per game, has not fumbled yet. He’s on pace for 476 passing attempts. The all-time record for fewest fumbles by a rookie with at least that many attempts is held by Peyton Manning, with only 3.
  • Andre Roberts has returned three punts for 40+ yards this season. That total, which Roberts has reached in five weeks, equals the Jets’ total as a franchise over the previous six seasons, dating back to 2012. Jeremy Kerley was responsible for all three of those returns.

More on Roberts, he is currently leading all qualifiers with a 23.1 punt return average this season. The all-time NFL record for punt return average in a season with at least 20 returns is 19.1 - putting Roberts in striking distance of setting a new league record if he can somehow maintain his impressive pace.

  • Big challenge for Todd Bowles and company next week to prove they can build consistency. Since 2016, the Jets have only strung together two winning streaks (2+ consecutive wins), more than only San Francisco, Cleveland, and Indianapolis in that span. The Jets are also only 3-7 coming off of wins since 2016.

The Jets just handily defeated the team ranked 31st in road point differential since the start of 2017. Now, they host the team ranked 30th. This team needs to prove it can avoid falling flat following momentous victories the way they have over the past two seasons.


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