The Jets are incredibly, almost inconceivably, on a winning streak. While it may have cost the Jets a generational player in the draft, it sure has made my job easier the last couple of weeks. Not only are the stars easier to pick out, but I also don’t feel the inclination to leap from a tall building when I have to re-watch these games.
There was actually quite a bit of excitement for Jets fans in both quarters, as the first half saw multiple long passing touchdowns, trick plays, and generally competent offense. The second half saw very little of that competence after the first series, but the defense gave us some more thrills near the end. A real, quality game for the Jets that I likely would have really enjoyed if the Jets weren’t still 11 games below .500. Nevertheless, I have some stars to give out and there are some truly worthy recipients in this one. Here we go:
Bronze Star: Folo Fatukasi (4 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 FR)
Fatukasi is really proving to be a valuable piece, even while Nathan Shepherd is stringing together some good performances. He was constantly pushing around linemen and made a really impressive fumble recovery that could easily have been considered an interception due to his athletic play on the ball. He tacked on a couple of run stuffs as well, helping the Jets hold all Browns rushers to under 30 yards and under 3 yards per carry.
Silver Star: Jamison Crowder (7 catches for 92 yards and 1 TD, 1 rush for 14 yards, 1 pass for 43 yards and 1 TD)
Crowder did so much in this game, he became the first player to require the description of his achievements to extend to a second line in my writing platform. In fact, here are the basic stats that he lead or tied for the lead for the Jets in for this week:
Targets, receptions, receiving yards, receiving TDs, rushing yards per carry, longest rush, passing yards per attempt, longest pass, and passer rating/QBR,
Obviously the passing and rushing stats are hardly fair considering he threw one pass and had one carry, but still. He accounted for 149 yards of offense and 2 touchdowns, and you can’t really ask for much more than that. He narrowly lost out on the gold star to...
Gold Star: Tarell Basham 3 points (5 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 TFL, 2 FF)
What a finish by Basham. I’m surprised I haven’t seen more puns related to his name this week, like “he sure did Basham” or “when the game is on the line, Basham.” He was playing well before the final two Browns series (he really should be credited with more sacks than ESPN is giving him) and sealed the game with consecutive forced fumbles with the game on the line. He has been more of a rotational player or backup this season, but he came through in the end to get the Jets the win. A well deserved gold star in a week with some actual competition.
So there you have it, fifteen weeks in and the table stands:
Quinnen Williams 17 points (5 gold, 1 silver)
Jamison Crowder 12 points (2 gold, 3 silver)
No One 12 points (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
Mekhi Becton 7 points (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Marcus Maye 6 points (2 gold)
Neville Hewitt 5 points (2 silver, 1 bronze)
John Franklin-Myers 4 points (2 silver)
Breshad Perriman 3 points (1 gold)
Tarell Basham 3 points (1 gold)
Ty Johnson 3 points (1 gold)
Sam Ficken 3 points (1 silver, 1 bronze)
Folo Fatukasi 2 points (2 bronze)
Brian Poole 2 points (1 silver)
Joe Flacco 2 points (1 silver)
Nathan Shepherd 2 points (1 silver)
Denzel Mims 1 point (1 bronze)
Josh Adams 1 point (1 bronze)
Avery Williamson 1 point (1 bronze)
Bless Austin 1 point (1 bronze)
Frank Gore 1 point (1 bronze)
Braden Mann 1 point (1 bronze)
Ashytn Davis 1 point (1 bronze)