In a blowout, an analyst points out the Jets’ silver lining: ‘He’s The Real Deal.’
In the New York Jets’ lone primetime game of the season, against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football, not much went right.
It was a ritual bloodletting on the defensive side of the ball, as they had their doors blown off 45 to 30.
Carson Wentz completed 22 of 30 passes for 272 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He threw for an average of almost 9.1 yards per pass and finished with a quarterback rating of 134.3.
The Colts’ rushing assault gained 260 yards on the ground, averaging 8.7 yards per carry, and scoring three touchdowns.
Indy finished with 532 yards of total offense and 28 first downs.
Despite everything that went wrong to leave the Jets with a 2-6 record and a 0-5 road record, there was a ray of optimism that should give Gang Green fans hope for the future.
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A Small Silver Lining That Should Make It Easier for You to Sleep at Night
It was a dreadful night that ended in defeat, and the rays of optimism were destroyed when Mike White suffered a forearm injury and did not return to the game.
Although, as ESPN fantasy football analyst Matthew Berry pointed out in the middle of the game, there was a silver lining in this game:
“On a night when the Jets had a lot of things go wrong, they have to be overjoyed with Elijah Moore. He’s the genuine article.”
Moore was a non-factor through the first five weeks of the 2021 season:
79 yards on nine receptions and a rushing TD
Moore has made his impact felt in the last two games:
13 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
The Future Arrow Is Pointing in the Right Direction
Moore appeared to be the biggest steal of the 2021 NFL Draft and a rising star during the offseason. That didn’t translate to the regular season for whatever reason, and he didn’t play in the offense for the first five weeks.
Now that his confidence is growing, the Jets’ upcoming schedule looks promising (games to look forward to):
Week 11 vs. Miami Dolphins (31st in passing yards allowed)
Houston hosts Week 12 of the season (21st in passing yards allowed)
Week 13 (Philadelphia Eagles) (12th in passing yards allowed)
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