The Jets found their rhythm in the second quarter of Todd Bowles' first game as head coach and the day snowballed into a 31-10 opening-day triumph over the Cleveland Browns that was music to the ears of Bowles, the sellout MetLife Stadium crowd, and Jets Nation embarking on a new era.
"It feels good," Bowles said. "You get the butterflies and the first one out of the way. It wasn't perfect but we did what we had to do to win. It's a good start."
Many players contributed to righting the ship after the Green & White fell behind, 7-0, on a blown TD coverage early in the second frame, including many in their first game as Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick led three touchdowns in four midgame drives, two of them coming on hot touchdown passes, to Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall for his first score in green and white. And Chris ivory ran for a pair of touchdowns
And the Jets for the game had five takeaways, their most in a game since the 2010 season finale vs. Buffalo, most in an opener since 1984 at Indianapolis, and their most in a season opener at home since 1964 vs. Denver. The centerpiece: Marshall's strip on Tashaun Gipson's interception to set up a short drive to Ivory's first TD.