After each game, we're going to highlight three defensive and three offensive players and look in detail at their performance. We'll wrap up today with the offense:
Brent on destruction
After an awful half-game in relief of the injured Brandon Shell last week, Brent Qvale had a much more settled performance this week, in his first start of the season at right tackle.
In fact, in pass protection, Qvale didn't surrender any direct pressure, although this was in large part due to the fact they gave him the help he wasn't getting in his relief appearance against Houston.
In the running game, the Jets didn't have any success running to the right side, although Qvale and Brian Winters exectuted a double team block well to seal the defensive end to the inside on a run that went for eight around the edge. The other nine runs over the right side went for just eight yards. For comparison, on 10 carries not over the right side, the Jets gained 31 yards.
Qvale was also at fault on this run that was stuffed going over the left side, as he failed to slow up his man at the point of attack:
He was beaten at the point of attack on one other run, with his man slowing up the runner but unable to make the tackle in the backfield. That ended up gaining three.
All in all, Qvale did a decent job filling in, which has usually been the case in the past. However, he did let himself down with a couple of lapses as he false started once and had a personal foul for a chop block that caused a fourth quarter drive to stall.
Here I come to save the Tay
With Rishard Matthews now on injured reserve and Quincy Enunwa out with an injury, Deontay Burnett was back in the line-up and saw his first offensive snaps since week nine.
Burnett didn't register a reception, although he impressed with a spectacular diving catch out of bounds at the back of the end zone. His one other target was off his fingertips at the sideline on a wide throw.
As a run blocker, Burnett had a couple of negative plays on the drive where the Jets had the ball with a 35-30 lead in the fourth quarter but ended up having to punt. That perhaps offers a clue as to why the Jets were reluctant to put him in the line-up because his lack of size perhaps makes him a liability in blocking situations.
On this play, he badly whiffed on his block at the point of attack, enabling the Packers to stretch out a run that otherwise looked set to gain some positive yardage around the left side:
Two plays after that, his man was able to blow up an outside run on the right side as he penetrated upfield and, despite slipping over, was able to get up and make the tackle in the backfield.
Based on what he's shown so far, Burnett looks like a keeper and could develop nicely next year if he builds up his strength and this enables him to play with more physicality.
One school of thought about Robby Anderson suggests he's just a deep threat, but in this game he posted a career high nine catches without catching a single deep ball.
Anderson shows here that he's more than a one-dimensional player as he runs a hitch route from the slot and holds onto a catch in traffic for a third down conversion in the red zone:
He also had a couple of catches on comebackers. These were routes Anderson was running and getting open on earlier in the season, but Darnold wasn't seeing it in time or timing his throws well enough to get him the ball.
Let's revisit how he's faring on those intermediate routes - passes between 10 and 20 yards past the line of scrimmage - which the team has increasingly sought to target him on:
26 targets, 20 catches, 300 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions
Now let's see how that compares to some of the elite receivers around the league:
Nuk Hopkins: 56 targets, 40 catches, 543 yards, six touchdowns, two interceptions
Julio Jones: 55 targets, 37 catches, 619 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions
Odell Beckham: 48 targets, 29 catches, 477 yards, three touchdowns, one interception
Antonio Brown: 41 targets, 19 catches, 302 yards, two touchdowns, five interceptions
Mike Evans: 61 targets, 37 catches, 632 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions
Michael Thomas: 39 targets, 30 catches, 511 yards, three touchdowns, one interception
And, just for fun, here's how the supposed one-dimensional deep threat stacks up against those guys based on quarterback rating when targeted on intermediate routes:
Make of that what you will.
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