When it comes to injury-related news, the New York Jets’ Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills was an absolute nightmare, as they lost newly acquired and future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers after just four plays.
If there was one shining light from the night — other than the Jets somehow pulling out the win — it’s the fact that second-year running back Breece Hall, who is coming off a major ligament injury of his own, looked as explosive as ever.
Hall was so explosive in his return to action, in fact, that a chart detailing the “yards after contact per carry and missed tackles forced per carry” from NFL running backs in Week 1 shows just how far ahead of his colleagues he is.
In the 22-16 overtime victory over the Bills, the former Iowa State University Cyclone had 10 carries for 127 yards, with many of them coming on this massive 83-yard second-quarter scamper.
"He's not in shape." 😅
Eli not holding back on this Breece Hall run. pic.twitter.com/aLBc6wXfzj
— ESPN (@espn) September 12, 2023
Prior to his injury during his rookie season, Hall was looking like the Offensive Rookie of the Year as he piled up 463 yards and four touchdowns on just 80 carries.
If the Jets are going to hope to contend for a playoff spot, they’re going to need the combination of Hall and Pro Bowl backup Dalvin Cook to be a dominant force on the ground to complement their defense and relieve some pressure from Zach Wilson, who is in the unenviable position of having to take over for Rodgers.
Prior to Rodgers tearing his Achilles — Jets fans didn’t even see him complete a single pass in green and white — Gang Green had Super Bowl betting odds of 18-1. Those odds have since tanked to 35-1.
Hall and the Jets will look to continue to keep their season afloat when they head down to Dallas to take on the Cowboys this Sunday.