While most of the attention will justifiably go towards the coverage breakdown that led to the 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Dwayne Harris, that was only one of several special teams breakdowns that could have cost the Jets the game.
However, ironically, it proved to be special teams that won the game for the Jets (or, at least, lost it for the Giants) with Randy Bullock's field goal in overtime being followed up by a Josh Brown miss - his first of the season.
On that punt return, the first problem was that Ryan Quigley out-kicked his coverage. Three of Quigley's other four punts went out of bounds - perhaps by design - while the other was just a 30-yard net after another decent return on a kick near the sideline.
Devin Smith is starting to really showcase his speed on special teams as he's doing a good job of getting down there first. However, he needs to do a better job of breaking down in open space because he missed two tackles as the first man down. One of those slowed the runner up on a kick return, but the other led directly to the Harris touchdown.
Arguably a bigger issue than the Smith miss was that Jeff Cumberland lost contain downfield, letting Harris get down the sideline. Cumberland also failed to make the stop in the open field as Quigley and Bilal Powell both also missed tackles. Cumberland would also get hit with a running into the kicker penalty that ended up costing the Jets 16 net yards after a re-kick.
The coverage unit almost cost the Jets in overtime too, with Harris running a kickoff back out past the 40. On that play, Trevor Reilly and Jamari Lattimore missed tackles while Cumberland and Quincy Enunwa over-pursued. Cumberland very nearly stripped it loose though, which could have produced a game-ending turnover.
In terms of other breakdowns, Rontez Miles jumped offside on a punt to give the Giants a first down, Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt and Kellen Davis overpursued on a punt, leading to a 16-yard return. Dexter McDougle also had a false start on a punt, costing the Jets about 20 yards after a re-kick. Kerley apparently had a migraine, so Decker took over from him after that muff, which Kerley did at least recover.
In terms of positives, Bullock remains flawless so far. He had three field goals and two touchbacks and obviously his extra point at 20-19 in the last minute was a pressure kick too. Also, Antonio Cromartie continues to be an upgrade in the return game, although Powell did take his place at one point. Miles and Erin Henderson each were credited with multiple special teams tackles.
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