A few months ago, who would’ve thought the New York Jets would be 6-3 and just half a game out of first place in the AFC East by Week 10?
Well, it has happened.
They have done so despite not exactly having an elite quarterback and ranking in the bottom half of the NFL in several key offensive categories.
Instead, New York has been getting the job done in a unique way, and these have been arguably the two biggest factors in its success.
1. Garrett Wilson
The Jets only rank 19th in passing touchdowns and 20th in passing yards, so at first glance, it may seem they don’t have any standout wide receivers.
But they actually do have one in Garrett Wilson.
The rookie has accumulated 521 yards and two touchdowns through nine games, and he has emerged as starting quarterback Zach Wilson‘s favorite target.
In fact, Garrett Wilson has accounted for half of Zach Wilson’s touchdown passes this year.
Garrett Wilson putting some smooth moves on display in his NFL debut. pic.twitter.com/ckE4CiCXMF
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2. New York’s Secondary
Could it be that the Jets have one of the league’s best cornerback duos?
Reed has seven passes defended while Gardner leads everyone in the league with 13, and they’ve combined for three interceptions and four tackles for loss.
Defense is the key to winning championships, and it has allowed the Jets to win, even against Super Bowl contenders such as the Buffalo Bills, who they beat last Sunday, even while they’re figuring things out on the offensive side of the football.