Keeping Derrick Henry in check, pass rush keys to Jets’ first win

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The Jets were able to secure their first win of the season after defeating the Titans, 27-24, thrilling overtime win.

Zach Wilson finished 21-for-34 with two touchdowns and one interception with a passer rating of 97.3. And most importantly, the No. 2 overall pick made dynamic throws that only a few quarterbacks in the NFL could make.

The Jets defense allowed Derrick Henry to eat, but they didn’t allow Henry to feast. He ran for a lot yards, but the defense held strong in the red zone, only allowing two touchdowns on five trips.

Here are some takeaways from the Jets Week 4 win.

THE JETS DIDN’T LET DERRICK HENRY BEAT THEM

Henry led the league in rushing going into Sunday afternoon with 358 yards. Henry kept that statistical excellence going as he finished with 157 yards on 33 carries with one touchdown.

But he didn’t take over the game like some expected with star wide outs Julio Jones and A.J Brown sidelined with injuries.

The defense was able to contain him enough and force the Titans into 3rd and longs which the Jets dominated. The Titans went 5-for-19 on third downs.

So while the stats are right to say Henry was cooking, the stats don’t tell the whole story.

COREY DAVIS WELCOME BACK

Davis said to reporters on Wednesday that the Titans didn’t make an effort to retain him and it bothered him a little bit. He had an opportunity to show them what they missed and he cashed in with four catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.

“It feels great,” Davis said. “I didn’t want to make it any bigger than what it is because honestly it was the next game. And one that we needed, regardless of if I was there previously or not. But it definitely feels good to beat your old team.”

After having 49 yards receiving combined in the last two games against the Broncos and Patriots, Davis had to bounce back. It was a must and he did.

That’s how a No.1 receiver plays after struggling for a couple of weeks.

RUNNING GAME

Coming in it seemed that the Jets needed a repeat of their rushing performance against the Patriots to have a chance to beat the Titans. But that wasn’t the case.

They only rushed for 66 yards, but the offense stayed committed to it, which helped the play action game create explosive plays.

As the season progresses the Jets need to get this aspect of their offense going. Wilson can be lethal if the run game is working.

THE PASS RUSH WAS BOOMIN’

The Jets were able to generate an outstanding seven sacks. There’s credit to go around on that. The defensive line created pressure as Qunnien Williams finished with two, Bryce Huff had 1.5 and John Franklin-Myers had one.

Whenever the Titans got into third and long, Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich was able to dial up pressure with creative blitzes. That’s why C.J Mosley, Bryce Hall and Quincy Williams were able to get Tannehill to the ground.

According to Next Gen Stats, the Jets pressured Tannehill 21 times.

The Jets can’t ask for any better.

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