The Jets defense tallied three takeaways Sunday in their 27-13 win over the Rams in St. Louis, featuring a budding star on the defensive line and a trio of talented veteran safeties in the backfield.
Trailing 7-3 early in the second quarter,
“My man just released in the flat and he threw a little behind him, giving me a chance to sweep in there and take it from him,” Smith said.
Unfortunately the offense couldn’t cash in and
“We were in a 46 front and I just got up the field and made a play for the defense,” said Wilkerson.
“Mo balled out,” added the Madbacker in an interview with SNY, who was caught from behind by former teammate Matt Mulligan. “He gave me the alley oop, but I couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t dunk.”
Wilkerson hasn’t been stopped too much the past five games, totaling 28 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two PDs during that time. Last week, he recorded the Jets only points in Seattle on a 21-yard fumble return.
Up 20-7 in the fourth quarter, the Jets put it away after another takeaway.
Landry led the Jets with eight tackles,
It looked like the Jets might be in for a long day when Bradford led a 13 play, 86-yard opening drive, culminating on a short 4th down scoring pass to Brandon Gibson. But the defense went into lockdown mode from there and cruised to a 27-13 victory.
"There were no adjustments. We just had to keep fighting,” Wilkerson said. “You can't get caught out of your gaps, and not keeping your eyes on your keys. We're just going to keep working hard and move on to the next play."
“As the game went on, I thought Mike Pettine and everybody did a great job. Just playing fundamentals,” added head coach Rex Ryan. “Our communication got much better and we made some plays up front. That was huge.”
The Jets are going to need outstanding performances from Wilkerson and their safety trifecta on Thanksgiving night against the Patriots. But before the focused shifted to the Pats, they took care of business in the Midwest.
“We’re running out of games,” Smith said. “If we’re going to make it to the playoffs, we have to make a run and this is where we needed to start.”