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The Jets bounced back from a three-game losing streak with an impressive 34-16 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 5 on Sunday afternoon.
Let's highlight the Winners and Losers...
RB Isaiah Crowell
After a controversial week, Crowell wiped away the memory of his zero-yard performance in Week 4 by bursting for a 77-yard touchdown in the second quarter. That helped settle the ship after the Jets didn't seem to have many bounces falling their way early on.
Crowell was far from finished, though, as he also had runs of 54 and 36 yards on his way to a team record 219 rushing yards. He also added a first down on a 12-yard pass play which saw him juke rookie Bradley Chubb out of his socks.
Perhaps more impressive than his big play abilities was Crowell's consistency in terms of picking up positive chunks of yardage, especially in the second half. If the Jets can lean on a productive running game, that will be huge for Sam Darnold's development.
WR Robby Anderson
After a frustrating start to the season, Anderson had two long touchdowns in the second quarter, which could be a turning point both for the team and Anderson himself.
Anderson blew past Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby on a double move for a 76-yard touchdown, before getting a step on Roby again on a corner route and coming down with and over-the-shoulder catch for a 35-yard touchdown. Anderson only caught one other pass, as his three catches for 123 yards all came in the first half, but it was the kind of breakout performance the Jets have been hoping for since the season got underway.
If Darnold starts developing chemistry with Anderson, this could take Anderson's game to the next level and turn him into the kind of star the Jets believe he can become.
DL Leonard Williams
Williams came under fire following a recent game where he didn't record any official statistics. However, even in that game, he was showing signs of being disruptive and hopes were high that the plays would start coming to him naturally. That started to happen last week, and Williams built on that this week in a performance where he made several plays in the backfield. Williams also contributed against the run, as he ended up with five tackles including a couple of run stuffs. After being credited with two sacks officially, Williams now has as many sacks in the past two games (three) as he did in the previous 28.
WR Quincy Enunwa
Despite entering the game as the Jets' leading receiver, Enunwa ended up with zero catches, despite being targeted five times. Enunwa, who has been dealing with some injury issues, had one clear drop on a throw over the middle and another drop on a tipped pass in the flat.
Darnold also tried to hit Enunwa for a long touchdown on a post pattern, but that pass was just off Enunwa's fingertips. The cornerback got away with a clear tug of the jersey which made the difference on that one. The good news for the Jets is that they were arguably over-relying on Enunwa in the early part of the season, so getting contributions from elsewhere means their offense can be more varied going forwards.
C Spencer Long
It may seem harsh to include an offensive lineman within the "losers" on a day where the Jets dominated the trenches, racking up well over 300 rushing yards. However, Spencer Long had issues on Sunday; not with his blocking, but with his snapping.
Darnold had to reach up for a high or wide snap on at least four occasions, including one play near the goal line where Darnold had to take a sack. He would have had a good chance to throw a touchdown pass to one of his tight ends had the timing not been thrown off on that play.
CB Darryl Roberts
Although he ended up with almost 400 yards, Case Keenum didn't have much success in the passing game until the Jets had a comfortable lead. With Trumaine Johnson and Buster Skrine out, Roberts was one of the players forced to step up.
Roberts had a handful of missed tackles and gave up a long touchdown to Demaryius Thomas on a play where he got outmuscled despite being in good position. He also got lucky on a play where rookie Courtland Sutton had a 46-yard catch and run called back for a dubious offensive pass interference call. If Johnson and/or Skrine are going to be out for any extended period, the Jets will need Roberts to be more consistent than this.