For the first time since the 2015 season, the Jets have rushed for 150+yards and surrendered one sack or less in consecutive games. As the Green & White approach their season finale against the Bills, veteran Jets RT Morgan Moses knows it's never one person that makes the difference in the run game alone. It takes all 11 on the field under the direction of creative offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur from the press box.
"It's all about the play-calling and it's all about all 11 players: running backs running, receivers blocking, offensive line blocking, and more importantly the quarterback seeing the safeties in rotation and getting us the best play that he can," Moses said this week.
Moses, a first-year Jet who took over at RT in Week 1 at Carolina when Mekhi Becton's knee injury forced George Fant to move to LT, is the only only lineman to play all 16 games on offense and is tied for a team high of 929 snaps. Moses, who was drafted by Washington and a was member of the WFT from 2014-20, has played 112 consecutive games, which is tied for the second-longest active streak among NFL tackles. Despite juggling lineups the past few weeks, the Jets have scored at least 24 points in each of their past three games.
"You see guys sticking to the program and just getting more confident in the offense and that's what you want to see out there," Moses said.
Since Week 12 when rookie quarterback Zach Wilson returned to the lineup, the offensive line has blocked for a unit that has produced 43 explosive plays (plays of runs 12+ yards and passes of 16+ yards) which ranks tied for 6th most in the NFL. The Jets lead the league in explosive runs (20) in that same time frame, getting them from four different running backs and QB Zach Wilson.
"The communication up front has been excellent the last couple weeks," Moses said, "When you have a young quarterback like Zach growing, and now he's starting to see things, he's more vocal throughout the week in practice, he's demanding more from his players, those are the outcomes that you get."
The Jets last saw the Bills in Week 10 when they lost, 45-17, MetLife Stadium. This time around, Moses says things will be different.
"We were a different team five or six weeks ago," Moses said. "For us, we're growing. We're not worried about what they're going to come out and do, we're not worried about them being in the playoffs or anything. It's about us."
While the Bills will play next weekend regardless of Sunday's outcome, Moses believes the Jets can use the game as a springboard into the offseason.
"It's the last game of the season, and we want to lead off with a bang," he said. "So, when next year comes around, when off season comes around, and you have OTAs, you remember what you did that last game and you can take that as a stepping stone in the offseason."
The Jets offense will be challenged by a Bills defense that is ranked both No. 1 overall and in pass defense and No. 2 in scoring.
"They have everything to lose and we don't have anything to lose," Moses said. "So for us, it's just go out there and play our ball, don't worry about anything they do, and just consistently show up."
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