Inside the Numbers: 'Electric' Pair of Rapid TDs vs. Raiders


Some say the best part of the Thanksgiving feast is the leftovers. The Jets certainly set the Turkey Day table with last Sunday's 34-3 win over Oakland, trimmed with so many records, notes and factoids that we didn't get to all of them yet. So here's a helping of some Inside the Numbers Saturday leftovers.

Quickest Two Touchdowns
We did tweet up on Monday another outstanding historical distinction from the game: With Robby Anderson's third-quarter touchdown reception and Brian Poole's interception-return TD 14 seconds of clock time later, the Jets broke the franchise mark for their fastest back-to-back touchdowns.

In the middle of all of that — again — was LB Neville Hewitt, whose pass defense on Derek Carr's throw for WR Tyrell Williams jarred the ball into the air, where Poole plucked it and dashed 15 yards for the record-book score.

"He tried to do a sitdown route. The quarterback really shouldn't have thrown the ball. I got my hand on it and it popped up," Hewitt told me. "You've got to think it was similar to the week before, when I got an interception and then Le'Veon scored."

Indeed, Hewitt was in the middle of that fourth-quarter eruption at Washington when Jamison Crowder scored, then Hewitt intercepted Dwayne Haskins and returned it to the Redskins 5, and two plays later Le'Veon Bell ran it in from a yard out. Those two TDs came 56 seconds apart, tied for the Jets' 16th-fastest back-to-back TDs.

As it turned out, that was a mere appetizer.

The 14-second span broke the franchise mark shared by two pairs of scores. Late in the 1992 season at Miami, the Jets set the mark with Rob Moore's 48-yard TD catch from Browning Nagle and Bobby Houston's 20-yard interception return 16 seconds later.

Thirteen years later, with the Jets hosting Buffalo at the Meadowlands in the 2005 season finale, rookie RB Cedric Houston scored on a second-quarter 3-yard run and LB Mark Brown followed with a 33-yard pick-six, also 16 seconds apart.

Now the Green & White have a new time mark and Hewitt's proud to be a part of it. "It was pretty electric," he said. "It was definitely a special moment."

Going 'Yard' ... Twice
That stretch of the Raiders game also provided another distinction in franchise history. With the second half just 2:02 old, TE Ryan Griffin caught his latest TD, the 1-yard toss from Sam Darnold. The next drive ended with Anderson's 1-yard end zone grab from Darnold.

When was the last time a Jets QB threw two 1-yard TD passes in the same game?

In fact, it happened only once before in franchise history. In the 1998 Monday nighter at New England, Vinny Testaverde threw a pair of 36-inch strikes, one early and one late, both to TE Kyle Brady, in the 24-14 victory over the Patriots. What's more, that was the only two-TD game of Brady's 13-year, 205-game NFL career.

Chad Pennington and Chris Baker never collaborated on two 1-yard scores in the same game but they did it six times in their Jets stays (three in 2004, three more in '06). That's the most 1-yarders between one quarterback and one receiver in club history. Here are the most 1-yard TD passes, by QBs only, in a Jets career (including playoffs):

Table inside Article
Jets QBCareer1-Yd TDPs
Chad Pennington2000-0713
Vinny Testaverde1998-2003, '058
Richard Todd1976-835

A Few Final Morsels
Also out of Oakland: The Jets scored 34 unanswered points vs. the Raiders, the most since their 37-0 shutout of Cincinnati in the "Win And We're In" 2009 regular-season finale. The Bengals, coincidentally, are hosting the Jets on Sunday. ... The Jets rang up 400 and 401 yards of offense in the Washington and Oakland wins. The last time they had three 400-yard games in a row was at the start of the late five-game win streak in 2015, vs. the Dolphins, Giants and Titans.

Finally, some deep Green trivia. Darnold and the Jets outpassed the 'Skins and Raiders by 287 net yards combined the past two weeks. That's the largest margin by the Jets in back-to-back victories since 1988, when Ken O'Brien & Co. beat the Oilers and Lions in Games 3-4 and outpassed them by 291 net yards.

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