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This was one of the better collective efforts of the year for the defensive line. Their control of the line of scrimmage forced Jets running back Le'Veon Bell to make too many cuts behind the line of scrimmage, and their ability to rush the edge and time stunts well had them in the face of Sam Darnold all day.
Cornerback Tre Herndon was a frequent target in coverage, and while he had some early struggles, he came up big for the Jaguars. He notched two interceptions and made things difficult for the Jets with tight coverage on a number of other pass plays.
Gardner Minshew was outstanding in the first half, which allowed the Jaguars to race out to an early lead they would not relinquish. He made multiple big-time throws downfield with pressure in his face and also did an excellent job of getting out of pressure and moving the chains with his feet.
Leonard Fournette set the tone by ripping off a huge run on the first drive of the game and continued his strong play throughout. With good blocking up front, he was aggressive to the line of scrimmage and constantly made the first defender miss in space.
While he showed glimpses of the throwing ability that made him a high draft pick last season, Sam Darnold again had significant struggles. Turnover-worthy plays got him again, as he was too often making bad decisions or just plain off target.
Darnold didn't get much help from his offensive line, which struggled with the Jaguars' front all day. Jacksonville did a lot of stunting up front, which led to numerous sacks and early pressures.
The Jets struggled with missed tackles. James Burgess was unblocked and in position to make stops at the line of scrimmage, only to find himself on the turf grasping at air.
While the Jets' pass-rush was somewhat effective today employing a similar stunt-heavy game plan to what Jacksonville put forth, they simply couldn't finish plays. Minshew picked up a number of first downs by dumping the ball off to his backs and scrambling downfield.