Moeller: Time for Rocking Jets’ Defense to Keep Rolling Against Washington

Jamal Adams had one of his better days against the Giants last Sunday. Fortunately, his entire unit mostly did as well.

The Jets attacking, mauling, and engrossing effort was AWOL since the Dallas game Oct. 13. Yet it wasn’t a total effort then and also last Sunday, but it was a trademark effort of Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. However, their intense and relentless effort was exposed through their lack of healthy and effective cornerbacks. Still, the Jets proved they can produce a steady pass rush with six sacks, even against the shoddy Giants, behind some spunk from second year player and project lineman Nathan Shepherd, improving rookie lineman Kyle Phillips and rejuvenated linebackers Brandon Copeland and Jordan Jenkins.

“We proved what we can do,” said Jenkins, who had a pair of sacks against the Giants. “We just have to go out and do our jobs. We know we have the talent here to put something together for the rest of the season.”

So the Jets baste the Giants’ running game and Saquon Barkley like a turkey, but quarterback Daniel Jones found ways to get four touchdown passes.

Like an excellent prequel, now it’s time for a prequel.

The 1-8 Washington Redskins are the perfect outlet early Sunday afternoon. If the Jets are for real, they need another resounding effort, this time for four quarters, against the “trainwreck” Redskins.

Washington has turned to unimpressive rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins to take the reins, and his 42.2 quarterback rating with zero touchdowns and four interceptions, should look like an easy and salivating target to the Jets’ defense. Adrian Peterson has shown flashes of old self, but the 34-year old has slowed considerably with one touchdown.

Defensively, the Redskins aren’t too shabby with the likes of linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Landon Collins and cornerback Josh Norman.

Washington is coming off their bye week, they should be primed for Sam Darnold, who ran and thrashed his way through the Giants’ defense. The Jets have the perfect springboard for their game against Oakland the following week at Met Life, one that could have the makings of a very interesting game.

Head Coach Adam Gase got the vote of confidence from Jets’ management this week and is confident his club his together. The Adams’ rift apparently is behind them and it is up to Adams to lead the charge into the Nation’s capital.

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Jeff Moeller

Jeff Moeller has been covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college football and basketball as well as high school sports on a national and local scene for the past 39 years. He has been a Jets and Giants beat reporter for the past 13 years.

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