A career day from Breece Hall allowed the Jets to end a three-game losing streak
It’s not exactly a Rocky Mountain High, but the New York Jets certainly won’t reject it.
A long Breece Hall touchdown run changed the complexion of the Jets’ Sunday visit to a mile high above sea level, as Gang Green ended a three-game losing streak with a 31-21 victory over the Denver Broncos.
— Jets X-Factor (@jetsxfactor) October 8, 2023
Hall’s 72-yard run to glory in the early stages of the third was part of a career-best rushing day (177) and gave the Jets (2-3) a permanent lead.
Greg Zuerlein scored 16 points with five field goals and an extra point after Hall’s score.
BREECE HALL IS BACK 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/SKEUaXR3X5
— PFF (@PFF) October 8, 2023
Zuerlein’s first goal came on the Jets’ second possession, one earned before Denver got their first after Samuel Eguavoen recovered a muffed Marvin Mims punt.
The patient Broncos needed just six plays to go 75 yards, the final 22 coming on Jaleel McLaughlin’s scoring grab from Russell Wilson.
Jaleel McLaughlin with an outstanding play to put the @Broncos on top! 🤯🙌🏼
— The Sports Forum (@DenverForum) October 8, 2023
New York cut into the lead when Wilson was flagged for intentional grounding in his own end zone (leading to a two-point safety) but drives that featured three consecutive field goals (one for Zuerlein, two for Will Lutz) gave Denver a 13-8 lead going into the intermission.
Hall’s game-changer on the Jets’ first second-half play from scrimmage. The defense responded in kind by opening the latter half-hour with five consecutive drives of three plays or less, one of which was a fumble.
The Jets boosted their lead to 24-13 with Zuerlein field goals in between.
Typical Jets heartbreak lingered, however: Adam Trautman earned a three-yard score from Russell Wilson and Michael Burton punched in a two-pointer.
A Zach Wilson interception on the Jets’ final offensive possession, landing in the arms of Patrick Surtain II, seemed to spell New York’s doom.
However, Quincy Williams forced a fumble from Russell Wilson which was recovered by Bryce Hall and taken back 39 yards for the sealing score.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 8, 2023
Creating a winning streak won’t be easy: the Jets return to action next Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, one of two undefeated teams left in the league after Sunday’s afternoon action, at MetLife Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX).
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