For the first time since the Jets played the Cowboys, it seems as though the Jets have a quality win. Unlike the battered Cowboys, who were dealing with so many injuries and disadvantages that it should come as no shock that they lost, this Raiders team was full of steam and fighting to gain ground on the division leading Chiefs. The Jets completely dismantled a Raiders team with everything to play for, humiliating both Derek Carr and the Raiders defense. I’ve got plenty of quality performances to choose from, but these are my top 3 for the week.
Bronze Star: Jamal Adams (7 tackles, .5 sacks)
Jamal Adams has been playing with his hair on fire ever since his down game against the Dolphins. In fact, he’s topped the list 4 times, double the second player on the list (Le’Veon Bell) and four times more than anyone else. He’s been completely dominant recently and even though this wasn’t one of his best games this year, he’s been so elite that even a bit of a down game would be a top performance for most players. He’s currently leading the Jets in tackles, solo tackles, sacks, forced fumbles, and defensive touchdowns. That’s truly impressive, and his performance against the Raiders reflected that once again.
Silver Star: Brian Poole (1 tackle, 1 PD, 1 INT, 1 TD)
Brian Poole had an excellent game. He was a blanket on anyone he covered and he singlehandedly outscored the Raiders offense. His interception was an extremely impressive 1 handed grab and his touchdown return really put the final nail in the Raiders coffin. There’s not really much more you can say other than great job Brian Poole.
Gold Star: Sam Darnold (20 of 29 for 315 yards, 2 TDs, 4 rushes for 16 yards, 1 TD, 1 F)
Sam Darnold has given us a lot to get excited about over the last few weeks, but this was probably his best game of the year, if not the best of his career. He played extremely efficient football, and didn’t make the boneheaded mistake that you’ve come to fear in each game. In fact, the one play in which he threw the ball with about 15 yards of space in front of him to run actually turned into one of his best throws of the night. An exceptional game from Darnold and another reason to be excited about his potential moving forward.
So there you have it, twelve weeks in and the table stands:
Jamal Adams 16 points (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Le’Veon Bell 10 points (2 gold, 2 silver)
Sam Darnold 7 points (2 gold, 1 bronze)
Ryan Griffin 6 points (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Folorunso Fatukasi 4 points (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Brian Poole 4 points (2 silver)
C.J. Mosley 3 points (1 gold)
Jamison Crowder 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Jordan Jenkins 2 points (1 silver)
Leonard Williams 2 points (1 silver)
Darryl Roberts 2 points (1 silver)
Kyle Phillips 2 points (1 silver)
Nathan Shepherd 1 point (1 bronze)
Tarell Basham 1 point (1 bronze)
Arthur Maulet 1 point (1 bronze)
Trenton Cannon 1 point (1 bronze)
Robby Anderson 1 point (1 bronze)