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Jets grades: Great all around

Ryan Fitzpatrick runs for a first down against

Ryan Fitzpatrick runs for a first down against the Titans at MetLife Stadium yesterday. The Jets ran for 183 yards on the afternoon and Fitzpatrick (21-for-36 passing, 263 yards) had no turnovers. Credit: Jim McIsaac


The scary thing is, the Jets could have put up more points on the lowly Titans. Ryan Fitzpatrick had another strong game, completing 21 of 36 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns with no picks. Over the Jets’ three-game winning streak — their first since 2011 — “FitzMagic” has thrown nine touchdowns and zero interceptions and he now has a career-high 25 TD passes, four shy of Vinny Testaverde’s franchise record (29). Brandon Marshall had another monster day, hauling in six catches for 125 yards, including a 69-yard catch-and-run TD down the sideline to increase their lead to 27-0. Eric Decker (seven catches for 74 yards) and Bilal Powell each caught 16-yard TD passes and Chris Ivory (101 yards on 22 carries) has a career-high 935 rushing yards.


Muhammad Wilkerson made a good case for getting his money. The defensive end had three of the Jets’ five sacks of rookie Marcus Mariota and finished with five tackles, one forced fumble and one pass defensed. Wilkerson now has a career-high 12 sacks, the most of any Jet since 2003 (Shaun Ellis, 12.5). The entire unit kept Mariota (21-for-39 passing for 274 yards) off his game with an array of blitzes, pressures and coverages. Buster Skrine had his first interception as a Jet and he had a team-high eight tackles. Rookie Leonard Williams and linebacker Demario Davis each had a sack. The group kept the shutout going until 4:09 was left in the third quarter. Mariota caught a 41-yard TD pass from running back Antonio Andrews. It was a dominating performance by the Jets, who held an advantage on first downs (24-15), third-down conversions (7-for-15 vs. 3-for-14), total net yards (439-292) and time of possession (35:56 vs. 24:04).


Randy Bullock missed his first field-goal attempt as a Jet (a 53-yarder), but he made up for the miscue with three good ones from 47 yards, 42 and 27 yards. Punter Ryan Quigley had a net average of 38.7 yards and Jeremy Kerley averaged just 7 yards on three punts before he injured his calf.


Trap game, schmap game. All week, Todd Bowles stressed the importance of starting fast against the Titans and his players heeded his message. Not only have the Jets (8-5) doubled their win total from a year ago, they’ve won three straight at the most critical time. “If you’re the Golden State Warriors, you can have a trap game,” Bowles said, smiling. “We’re not that good.”

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