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Jets grades: Three A's and a B for dominant win

Andre Roberts stays inbounds on a long punt

Andre Roberts stays inbounds on a long punt return in the third quarter of the Jets' win over the Broncos.  Credit: James Escher

OFFENSE: A

The Jets rang up 512 yards of total offense, their most since 2013. They were more creative, took shots down the field and hit on their big plays. The offensive line created huge holes and protected Sam Darnold. Isaiah Crowell rushed for a franchise-record 219 yards. Robby Anderson caught three passes for 123 yards, including TD catches of 76 and 35 yards. Darnold had the first three TD-game of his career. The Jets nearly had two 100-yard rushers but Bilal Powell finished with 99. Darnold also kept the ball twice on third-and-1 and got the first down both times. The Jets struggled in that situation last week.

DEFENSE: A

They were motivated after giving up 503 yards to the Jaguars last week and it showed. The Jets were flying all over the field. They held the Broncos' No. 2 rushing attack to 92 yards – 56 below their average. The Jets also kept the pressure on Case Keenum. They sacked him four times and never really let Denver get into a rhythm. “We were getting to him a lot and he seemed really uncomfortable,” said Leonard Williams, who had two sacks. “There were times where we wouldn’t get to him and he would get scared and throw the ball away. That’s the best thing you could do as a defense, get the head of the offense flustered like that.” Fittingly, the game ended with an interception.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B

Andre Roberts finished with 101 return yards, including a 51-yard punt return in the second half that led to a field goal. He had to sit out the previous return with an elbow issue, but he returned with a big play. The Jets outgained the Broncos, 101-28, in return yards. They had seven touchbacks, six of them off the foot of Jason Myers, who connected on two-of-three field goals.

COACHING: A

Todd Bowles took a lot of heat after the Jacksonville game, so he deserves credit for getting his players to respond the way they did. Bowles also did double duty, serving as the defensive play caller with Kacy Rodgers not with the team because of a “serious” health issue. The Jets’ game plan worked on both sides of the ball. Bowles blitzed and mixed up the coverages, which flustered Keenum, and they contained the running game. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who also was criticized, wasn’t as predictable. The Jets were balanced and Darnold took shots when he had them.

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