Jets receivers Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse broke a long standing team record in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Chiefs.
Anderson and Kearse became the first Jets receivers since 1967 to produce back-to-back 100-yard games. Anderson may have had five-game touchdown streak broken, but he did managed 101 yards on eight catches. Kearse tallied nine catches for 157 yards -- both career-highs for the veteran.
The Jets wide receiver tandem has become a serious threat the past few weeks, and they attribute their recent performance to pushing each other to reach their greatest potential.
"We just go out there and work every day. We try to push each other whether he's trying to push me or I'm trying to push him," Kearse told Jets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "We're competitive out there. It's a testament to our whole group. I don't think just me and Robby, our young guys are contributing to that as well. It's also good to have a win come behind it."
Kearse is being modest about his and Anderson's production, especially in the last two weeks. The two receivers are responsible for 515 yards on just 35 catches over than span. Kearse, himself, set up the Jets' final touchdown drive with a 51-yard catch-and-run play.
Head coach Todd Bowles was very impressed with his receivers.
"I thought they played great," he said. "I thought everybody on offense played great for the most part. They had some big catches and some tough blocks. I thought they did a good job."
Anderson has emerged as one of the league's best young receivers this season as he entered Sunday's game tied third in the league with 16 receptions over 20 yards. Kearse, a veteran who was shipped from Seattle to New York in the Sheldon Richardson trade, has his best numbers of his career with the Jets right now. He already broke his career high with 51 receptions, and one more touchdown would be another career high.
However, all of this production is something these two receivers believed they could do before the season began. Now, that is happening, Kearse said this isn't about proving the naysayers wrong. Instead, it's about proving the supporters right.
"It's not necessarily proving people wrong, it's proving the people who believed in us right," Kearse said. "I think that's our focus. We don't necessarily worry about people who doubt us, but the people that support us and have our back. We do it for them."
As the Jets are still in the playoff race, they will continue to rely on Anderson and Kearse in the air to produce on offense. Along with Kearse's career highs, Anderson currently leads the team with 821 yards and seven touchdowns in his sophomore season.
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse led the passing attack as each of them had 100-yard games for the second week in a row. That's something no duo of Jets receivers has achieved since the AFL-NFL merger, which is surprising because the Jets have had some excellent wide receiver pairings. >> Read more about the receivers and the rest of the Jets' offense in Bent's Game Analysis