Eric Decker had his quietest game since opening day, but his third catch of the day won the game in overtime, as he leaned inside like he was going to run a post pattern -- the Jets' go-to red zone play -- and then broke to the outside for a corner fade. That was a nice example of a team breaking a tendency in a key situation to good effect.
Decker, who was primarily matched up with Malcolm Butler, had a 25-yard catch on the Jets' second drive to help set up a field goal, but then didn't make an impact again until late in the game. He first drew a pass interference flag and then caught a pass down the middle on the Jets' final drive of the fourth quarter, which would ultimately stall after New England had tied the score.
Decker was only targeted six times and had one drop. That's the fewest since before the bye week. Decker needs 23 yards next week to register another thousand yard season. His 11 touchdowns are just three short of the team record.
Brandon Marshall, who is trying to make the postseason for the first time along with Ryan Fitzpatrick, put together another determined performance with eight catches for 118 yards and two scores. Like always, Marshall was a tough cover, making some contested catches and adjusting well to the ball downfield for a couple of big plays. He also had one sideline catch ruled incomplete that potentially could have been overturned if the Jets challenged it. He did have a false start penalty, though.
Marshall's first touchdown was easy, as he leaked into the flat on a play not dissimilar to the one on which Decker gave the Jets a fourth quarter lead in Dallas. His next one was on a deep ball as he adjusted to what you could probably call an underthrow, possibly getting away with a push-off in the process. However, perhaps even bigger than either of those catches was the grab he made down inside the five-yard line in overtime to set up the game-winner.
With 13 touchdowns on the season, Marshall is now just one away from tying the team single-season record. He's also within range of Don Maynard's single-season yardage record, as he needs just 59 yards to surpass that. If he can get 133 yards next week, he'll also beat his career-high, but I doubt he'll come close to the 262 yards he now needs to beat Maynard's single season yards-per-game record.
Quincy Enunwa and Kenbrell Thompkins continue to contribute at the third and fourth-receiver spots. Enunwa had a huge play in overtime, breaking into the open field for 48 yards after a pass to the flat. He also had one other first down on a nice catch-and-run where he broke two tackles. Thompkins also contributed, with four catches --including three first-down catches in the first half.
Each of them could have had a bigger day, as they were both open deep but overthrown by Fitzpatrick. Enunwa also could have ended the game in regulation as a pass went off his fingertips down the seam in the last minute. He also contributed well as a blocker again, although he did whiff on a couple of blocks.
Jeremy Kerley still isn't getting any time on offense, and this week, with all the two back sets, Jeff Cumberland didn't get any reps either. Decker and Marshall actually both played every snap as the Jets used just 15 players on offense, one of whom -- fullback Tommy Bohanon -- played just two snaps.
Kellen Davis got some reps and made a couple of good run blocks, but was also beaten for a pressure in pass protection.
Next up: We move on to look at the defense where the line exploited some Patriots injuries to start applying some consistent pressure in the second half…