The Jets offense came to life with Sam Darnold under center against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. The Jets held on for a 24-22 win, but the offensive side of the ball looked its best when Darnold connected with wide receiver Robby Anderson for a score.
Anderson led the Jets with five catches for 125 yards. A big chunk of that came on his touchdown which was a 92-yard strike that gave Gang Green a huge jolt of life and 14-3 lead late in the first half.
Prior to the play, Anderson said he communicated to his QB that the Cowboys' secondary had been sitting on shorter routes. The ensuing throw over the top of their defense proved Anderson correct.
"I felt like I knew it was going to be a big play," Anderson said. "I saw it coming."
While the big play sparked a win, the Jets still sit at a lowly 1-4 record. But with Darnold's return and hopefully more big plays en route, Anderson hopes that throw and catch can be a foundation for changing the Jets' overall fortunes in 2019, too.
"I think that's huge -- I think that that was like a big spark to us," Anderson added. "Hopefully, it was like a turning point to our season, but I think that that play just gave everybody energy. I think we gained a lot of momentum off of that."
Darnold, who was 23-for-32 passing for 338 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his return, said his full confidence in Anderson helped make the play happen as well.
"It was awesome," Darnold said. "The way the safety bit on the run, I just knew I had to put it out there and Robby's one of the best -- if not the best -- at tracking the ball in the air in the NFL, and I just knew I had to put it out there in his vicinity and he would go up and catch it."
In the end, the Jets defense had to hold on for the win as safety Jamal Adams played a big role in stopping the Cowboys from tying the game on a two-point conversion attempt late. Referencing that, Anderson admitted his deep haul felt a lot better after a win.
"It felt great to get a 'W,' you know?" Anderson said. "Like, if I had that game and, God forbid, we would've lost, then I wouldn't feel that same way. So it felt great to get that win."