MVP vs Backup QB: New York Jets Backup QB Destroys Cincinnati Bengals with Joe Burrow

Published 11/01/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
Oct 31, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mike White (5) catches a two-point conversion as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple (20) defends in the fourth quarter during a Week 8 NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


New York Jets drew their trump card player out of nowhere and prove the NFL is a place where anything can happen. Before their week 8 clash against the Cincinnati Bengals, many might not have known who Mike White was, but he made sure that they will remember his name after the game.

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White was the replacement quarterback for Zach Wilson during the Sunday night game, as the starting QB was sidelined with a knee injury. But the replacement certainly outperformed everyone and even tumbled down records in the very first NFL start of his career, reinforcing his caliber as a starter.

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Mike White with an MVP worthy start

Mike White finished the game with an astounding 37 completions of 45 attempts, covering 405 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His incredible 405-yard spell was the most by a Jets quarterback in 327 games, dating back to the year 2000.

His remarkable feat of 37 completed passes is an NFL record for a player in his first start. Furthermore, he also tied with Cam Newton as the only player to top 400 passing yards in his first start. His miraculous display for the Jets resulted in a much-needed win for the team.

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And with that, Twitter went bonkers after witnessing a predominantly unknown player take on the field and completely destroy the stats table in one go. For now, the 26-year-old has his day to enjoy and get all the recognition for his remarkable feat.

The New York Jets have a starter in hand

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The NFL continues to draw the attention of the spectators with its uncertain and unfamiliar fairytale like instances. Mike White was a nobody until now. He was a fifth-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2018, where he lost the battle for the backup job to Dak Prescott and got waived in 2019.

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The Jets signed him in and since 2019 he had an on and off relationship with the franchise getting signed, waived and resigned to the roster 11 times. Until Sunday when he got the opportunity to start the game for the first time in his career. And now head coach Robert Saleh has a decision to make on who deserves the starting job better.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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