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BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part three of your breakdown of last night’s 13-10 win over the Colts with detailed analysis of how the front seven played on defense.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. It's good to be back!

Defensive Line

We're so used to seeing the defensive line being dominant that a performance such as yesterday's can come as a bit of a letdown. There were no sacks or pressure from the starting line and, although they did pretty well against the run, a lack of flashy plays from the group expected to carry the Jets as they did for much of last season. However, I wouldn't get too excited over this lack of production. The Colts released plenty of quick passes. According to PFF, Luck's time to throw was 2.06 on average and the two backups were 2.07 and 2.29 respectively. For context, Vick's was 3.28, Geno's was 2.89 and Simms' was 2.83.

As he alluded to himself in his sideline interview during the second half, Sheldon Richardson was a little disappointed with his performance because he didn't make enough plays. One play that summed his day up well saw him initially driven back off the line, then he shed the block and burst into the hole, but then he let the runner slip though this tackle for a five yard gain. So, he lost, won and then lost again on that play. Another play saw him jump offside. There was one play where he was double teamed in the running game and driven well off the line, something we could expect to see happening to him a lot more this year. However, the run was stuffed for a short gain, so maybe he played his part by occupying those two blockers.

Muhammad Wilkerson got blocked out of a couple of plays early, but still had a couple of disruptive moments. His best play saw him shed the initial block and then stand up the next blocker to blow up a run for no gain. He was also in on a tackle near the line of scrimmage and did beat his man a couple of times as a pass rusher, although the pass was released before he could get to the quarterback.

Damon Harrison was only in for 15 snaps, but did manage to perform a signature penetrate, shed and stuff for no gain. He was blocked out of one play in the running game but, as a pass rusher, did shed a double team to get into the backfield and almost generate a pressure.

Kenrick Ellis was dominant in a short stint against backups. Hopefully he can get some first unit reps at some point during preseason. On one play, he drove back a double team to collapse the pocket and lead to a sack. He also shed a block and stuffed a run for a short gain. Interestingly, they left him in the game on some pass rushing situations. Maybe they intend to investigate increasing his role there.

Leger Douzable definitely had some good moments, again mostly against backups. He actually dropped into coverage quite a few times, which is again interesting. He had a tackle for a loss (two, if you count the one where there was a bad snap) and was in on another run stuff near the line. However, he had one of my favorite plays of the game when he slapped the left guard to the outside with his left hand and then the center to the inside with his right hand to get a clean run up the middle, although again the pass was released too early for him to get credit for a pressure.

In terms of the backups, I was really impressed. TJ Barnes was listed as a second stringer behind Richardson rather than as the third string nose, which raised eyebrows, but that was the role he played (with Ellis at nose) with the second unit. He instantly made waves, collecting an easy sack on a stunt after Ellis collapsed the pocket, but perhaps more impressively than that, driving his man into the quarterback on a bullrush. He also stood up his man, bottling up a run and was in on two tackles behind the line, showing surprising quickness to shoot a gap on one.

Kerry Hyder also displayed some impressive quickness to beat his man outside for a pressure. He also had a good run stuff and made a third down tackle to force a punt. There was one double team that drove him back a good seven or eight yards, so he needs to work on handling those, but on the whole, he jumped out just the way Rex Ryan has said he's been doing.

Tevita Finau is a dependable backup too and he had a couple of tackles in the backfield in a solid performance with no obvious negatives. Anthony Grady and Zach Thompson got in the game right at the end for some reps on the line.

Edge Rushers

Interestingly Quinton Coples, with all the talk about him doing this extra work at being a linebacker was deployed exactly the same as last year. He was standing up on just 11 of 26 snaps and the only time he didn't rush the passer on a pass play, he dropped off about a yard and then a quick pass was thrown the other way. He got in Luck's face on one play after coming underneath on a stunt unblocked, but his best contribution in the passing game was a sharp interior rush which created a lane for David Harris to stunt behind him unblocked for a sack. He did get credit for three tackles, one off the edge to stuff a run for a short gain, one gift after a bad snap for a big loss and one where he showed impressive speed to chase down a running back from behind after a pass to the flat. I had a lump in my throat on that play where he chased down the bad snap because it looked identical to the one on which he broke his ankle last year.

Calvin Pace looked pretty sharp, generating a couple of pressures on outside speed rushes. He also had a tackle for a loss as he came unblocked off the edge and held up well on the edge against a double team to force a run back inside. He did jump offside though.

Jason Babin did a good job in the pass rush, with one good bullrush and one good speed rush off the edge. However, in the running game he lost contain on a third down run to the outside and on another play was blown back off the line. It's clear where his strengths lie these days and I expect the Jets will use him accordingly, although that first run was in a pass rush situation so he can't afford to get caught out like that.

Garrett McIntyre gave up a catch on a play where he was called for defensive holding, but had a good moment as a pass rusher, spinning off his blocker to generate a pressure low on the quarterback.

Troy Davis saw some brief action and beat his blocker outside once. He also nearly blew up a running play in the backfield and although the runner broke his tackle, it still ended up getting stopped for a short gain. He had a horse collar tackle penalty on a dump-off to the flat though.

Rookie Trevor Reilly made a couple of nice contributions. He twice came unblocked up the middle on a stunt to pressure the quarterback and although he had two missed tackles, one of these came as he shed his blocker and then slowed the runner up enough for someone else to finish up. He looked at home out there.

Fellow rookie IK Enemkpali flashed right at the end with a strip sack on an outside rush. He was only in for five snaps.

Tim Fugger didn't get into the game.

Inside Linebackers

Harris looked sharp too, adding to his sack with a handful of run stuffs and a good stop on a short pass. He did start last year looking particularly good as well, of course, so it remains to be seen how long he can sustain it. He was badly exposed on one pass play where TJ Hilton burned him on a crosser, but that might not have been his fault. Let's break down the first coverage mix-up of the season:

Here we see Antonio Allen matched up with Hilton in the slot. Harris is looking into the backfield, suggesting his primary responsibility is to spy the back.

Allen very demonstrably passes the receiver off to Harris at this moment. Harris is caught a bit flat-footed as his momentum is going forwards. Allen obviously thinks Harris is responsible for the underneath zone.

Harris does collect Hilton, who heads for the outside as the two receivers on that side clear out. Allen drops off to the middle.

As Hilton exploits the speed mismatch, Harris is easily beaten to the outside and Luck is able to complete the throw so he can turn upfield. Something's definitely wrong here though because Allen ends up covering tight end Coby Fleener, who was already being covered. More telling is the fact that had Luck not made the throw to Hilton, Trent Richardson is leaking out for a dump-off and would have half a field's worth of daylight ahead of him. You can never tell who was at fault here and obviously it's a well designed play by the Colts. It might not be as simple as Harris getting burned though, even though that's how it looked at the time. It's possible that was Harris' responsibility and he just reacted too late, but I doubt that because you wouldn't leave him isolated against someone like Hilton (who was excellent yesterday, by the way), if you could avoid it.

Demario Davis looked sharp early, getting in on a tackle in the flat on the first play of the game. However, he was replaced pretty early by AJ Edds, which made me wonder if Davis might be hurt. Apparently not, so perhaps this is just a sign of how close Edds is to cracking the gameday rotation.

Edds led the team in tackles, many of them close to the line of scrimmage and recovered the late fumble. He's definitely turning some heads. The only negative was that he gave up a short catch and his only pressure came as he was unblocked.

Jeremiah George surprisingly got into the game ahead of Nick Bellore, but looked a little out of his depth. It reminded me of when the Jets used Marcus Dowtin at inside linebacker two years ago. Of course Dowtin did improve and got to play at the NFL level, so all is not lost for George. However, he was beaten for a touchdown, driven back on a first down run and missed a tackle in the backfield. It was interesting that they gave him seven snaps with the second unit but then he didn't play in the second half. Clearly that wanted a look at him at that level.

When Bellore did get in, things improved, although he did miss a couple of tackles early on. He helped blow up a short yardage run, made a solid open field tackle, did well in coverage and drew a hold on a pass rush. He also took out a lead blocker on one running play, something we haven't seen much of since Bart Scott's departure.

Steele Divitto did not see any time on defense.

Part four will cover the secondary and special teams. This will be posted later today.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

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Bowles and McCown on 23-0 loss 00:02:13
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-loss to Denver.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.

"It just sucks," an emotional McCown, who was brought to tears at the podium, said after the game.

McCown left the game late in the third quarter with the Jets trailing 20-0. He previously left the game in the first half after scrambling for a first down, but returned two plays later.

He walked off the field and underwent X-rays during the game. It is unclear if the injury will end McCown's season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCown will undergo further tests, Bowles said.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown
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Jets Post Game Overtime: 12/10 00:12:08
The Jets Post Game crew hands out its report cards after the Jets' defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos, 23-0.

Bowles and McCown on 23-0 loss 00:02:13
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-loss to Denver.

The Jets recorded 100 yards of total offense and turned the ball over twice as they were shut out against Von Miller and the Denver Broncos, 23-0, Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Josh McCown threw an interception and lost a fumble before leaving the game late in the third quarter due to a left hand injury. Bryce Petty completed just two of nine passes for 14 yards in his absence.

Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 48 rushing yards on 19 attempts, while Robby Anderson, who totaled 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the past two games, was limited to three catches for 27 yards.

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Adams on playing for Gang Green 00:02:14
Jets safety Jamal Adams sits with Jeane Coakley to discuss his relationship with Marcus Maye and what it's like to play for Todd Bowles.

New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

RB Matt Forte, G Brian Winters, and WR Robby Anderson are all active for the Jets on Sunday in their road matchup against the Denver Broncos. 

Anderson was questionable after being limited in practice due to a hamstring injury, while Forte has been hampered by a knee injury. Winters has dealt with an abdomen issue.

QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Derrick Jones, CB Jeremy Clark, OLB Freddie Bishop, LB Bruce Carter, OLB Ben Ijalana, and OL Jonotthan Harrison are inactive for the Jets.

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Vacchiano's 3 keys to a Jets win 00:01:49
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a New York Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his 3 keys to a Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back in the studio for another edition of The Jet Stream podcast, as they look back at an impressive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. First, the guys welcome Connor Hughes of NJ.com to the show to discuss Todd Bowles' job security and the benching of Muhammad Wilkerson. Later, Jets safety Rontez Miles calls in to talk about Bowles and his two rookie teammates, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) at Sports Authority field at Mile high in Denver, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER:

December in Denver is always a little nicer than I think it's going to be. Temperatures on Sunday should be slightly over 60 with light winds and sunny skies.

WHAT IT MEANS

It means everything to the Jets. They are two games behind the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the last wild-card spot in the AFC with only four games to play, so they can't afford any slip-ups. They also have to hope for some help because just to get to the Ravens, they have to jump over the Chargers, Bills and Raiders, who are all one game ahead of the Jets. It's not going to be easy. It's probably impossible. But the Jets have no shot if they don't win all four of their remaining games.

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GEICO SportsNite: Bowles elated 00:00:28
Todd Bowles gives the reaction of the season after a short press conference, and Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys for a Jets win.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles was ecstatic about how short his post-practice press conference was on Friday. 

Bowles, who is usually reserved, couldn't hold in his happiness after the press didn't have any more questions for him.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass against Buffalo Bills corner back Tre'Davious White during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass against Buffalo Bills corner back Tre'Davious White during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will play in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos despite being limited at practice on Thursday due to a hamstring injury, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Friday.

The Jets listed running back Matt Forte (knee) and offensive guard Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) as questionable, while linebacker Bruce Carter was ruled out due to a groin injury.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) talks to his line before the snap against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) talks to his line before the snap against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today...

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:03:38
The Football Night in New York crew discuss if Josh McCown will return to the Jets next season and debate Steve Spagnuolo's future.

The Football Night in New York crew discuss if Josh McCown will return to the Jets next season and debate Steve Spagnuolo's future.


New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa was named the Jets' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, reports Sports Illustrated.

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 (Steve Nesius/AP)
(Steve Nesius/AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is not undermining the reeling Broncos ahead of the team's trip to Denver this weekend for a Sunday afternoon matchup.

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Jamal Adams on his rookie season 00:03:43
Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss his rookie season and his style both on and off the field.

Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss his rookie season and his style both on and off the field.


Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) was a limited participant at practice on Thursday after missing on Wednesday. 

 

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 (Dennis Schneidler)
(Dennis Schneidler)

Instead of sulking over his suspension last week, Jets LB Darron Lee used his time to view the game from a new perspective. 

Lee was suspended by head coach Todd Bowles after Lee arrived late to the team's walk-through last Saturday. The second-year pro hadn't missed a practice before the punishment, but either way, he has learned from his first suspension of his career.

"Yeah, we won, man," Lee told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "There ain't nothing to be down about. I mean, who cares? This ain't about me. It's about the team."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets practice again today at Florham Park. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:01:24
Jeane Coakley reports from Florham Park on the status of the Jets, who are treating every game left like it's a playoff game.

Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Only three Jets were kept out of Wednesday's practice: RB Matt Forte (knee), LB Bruce Carter (groin) and S Terrence Brooks (excused absence).

Forte has not practice since injuring his knee on Nov. 2 against the Bills, although he's played in each of the Jets' last two games.

CB Juston Burris (concussion) and RG Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) were limited participants.

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Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension that will extend his role as NFL commissioner through 2024.

According to the Washington Post, Goodell could earn up to $40 million per year, with roughly 90 percent of that total incentive based.

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates his touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates his touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Just days after leading the Jets to an impressive win which netted him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Jets quarterback Josh McCown was officially named the starter for the rest of the season by coach Todd Bowles.

The 38-year-old completed 26-of-36 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns against the Chiefs on Sunday. He scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard sneak with 2:15 left to help the Jets keep their playoff hopes alive with a 38-31 win at MetLife Stadium.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

After a three-touchdown performance in a comeback victory, Jets QB Josh McCown was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. 

The Jets were down 14-0 early in the first quarter, but that didn't stop McCown from leading a comeback. Relying on his favorite targets through the air -- Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse -- McCown racked up 331 yards on 26 of 36 for a 72.2 completion percentage. 

Despite throwing for a touchdown, it was McCown using his legs to pick up his other two, including the game-winner. It was his second straight week with a QBR over 100 (109.8), but McCown was only focused on how the team bounced back from the deficit after the game. 

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today:

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.

Let's review the defensive performance from Sunday's win:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 34-21. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 34-21. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

The Jets are still mathematically alive for the two Wild Card spots in the AFC, though it would take a lot for them to get there.

With their win over the Chiefs on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the Jets improved to 5-7 -- two games behind the 7-5 Ravens for the final Wild Card spot and three games behind the 8-4 Jaguars for the first Wild Card spot.

However, between the Jets and the Ravens are the Chargers, Bills, and Raiders, who are all 6-6.

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New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets return to practice on Tuesday after head coach Todd Bowles gave the team the day off following "Victory Monday" in celebration of Sunday's 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

 

Tags: Calvin Pryor, Demario Davis, Denver Broncos, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

A day after he benched Muhammad Wilkerson for most of the first quarter because he showed up late to a team meeting, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he still considers the 28-year-old defensive end a team leader.

Wilkerson sat for most of the first quarter for arriving to a team meeting late on Saturday, the third straight year he has been benched for being late to a team meeting in his career.

But Bowles said Wilkerson and linebacker Darron Lee, who was a healthy scratch from Sunday's 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs for showing up late to practice, have "earned a lot of trust.

"You make a mistake, and you lose a little trust, and you just have to earn it back," Bowles said at a press conference on Monday. "So going forward, we'll go from there."

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Todd Bowles is a man of few words in public, never one to be the life of the party or a quotable media darling.

The New York Jets coach has won over his players for that very reason. It's the stuff that no one else sees that has his squad professing loyalty to the man leading the way.

"As a man, as a player, I love him," left tackle Kelvin Beachum said. "I'd run through a wall for him. I've only been here a year and I love everything about him.

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