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This was all for Kacy Rodgers

The Jets’ defensive players took the field Sunday with defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers on their minds.

Rodgers is dealing with an illness that coach Todd Bowles described as “serious” and it caused Rodgers to miss Sunday’s 34-16 win over the Broncos. Many Jets players said they were playing for Rodgers and several of them had texted with him before the game.

“When we found out, it definitely hit home,” linebacker Darron Lee said. “At the end of the day, for all of our young careers, he’s always believed in us. We always want him here. You obviously want to make your teammates proud and your coaches proud. He’s here in spirit. We know he’s going to fight through. We definitely got this win for him.”

The Jets’ defense played well as it honored Rodgers. The unit sacked Case Keenum four times and did not let the Broncos get into a rhythm until the fourth quarter, when the game was over. Bowles called the defensive plays, saying, “It was hard.”

“We had a brother down, and that was our message,” safety Jamal Adams said. “We wanted to play for him. I know he is smiling right now. [I’m sure] he was excited the way we played, and we can’t wait to get him back.”

Marcus Maye nearly had the exclamation point on the Jets’ big-play day. He intercepted Keenum on the final play of the game in the end zone and returned it 104 yards before getting tackled at the 1-yard line. It was the longest interception return that did not result in a touchdown in NFL history, according to Elias Sports Bureau. It was the longest interception return in Jets history.

After the game, Maye’s teammates were teasing him about failing to score.

“They’ve been getting on me,” Maye said. “I just have to get in shape and have to finish.”

The Jets lost CB Buster Skrine to a concussion in the first quarter and he did not return. The Jets were already without CB Trumaine Johnson (quad). That left them playing Darryl Roberts opposite Morris Claiborne with rookie Parry Nickerson in the slot. … The Jets rushed for 323 yards, the second-best mark in franchise history. The record is 333 yards against the Patriots in 1972. … It was the first time in franchise history the Jets had a rushing touchdown of 75 yards or more and a touchdown pass of 75 yards or more. It was the sixth time since the merger it has happened in the NFL and the first since the Seahawks did it in 2014.

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