I grade each play on a 1 to 5 scale. Loss of yardage is rated a 0, no gain is rated a 1, a gain of 1-3 yards is rated a 2, gains of 4-6 are rated a 3, gains of 7-9 yards or are rated a 4, and gains of 10+ yards are rated a 5. TDs increase your overall grade by 10 points, and fumbles decrease your score by -5. I do it like this to factor in receptions, reward positive plays accordingly, and penalize negative plays accordingly. The total from the grades of each individual play are then converted to letter grades, with As representing (50 or higher), Bs (39-49), Cs (29-39), Ds (19-29), and Fs (0-18) being given out for total performance). Performance of the offensive line and available running space is also factored in.
Running Backs: Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon, Alex Green
Total Carries: 20
Rushing Yards: 84
Yards Per Carry: 4.2
Total Touches: 27
Total Yards: 144
Yards Per Touch: 5.3
1. Bilal Powell, A
1st and 10 at the NYJ 35: Bilal lined up in a single back, shotgun formation with Geno Smith. Bilal, on the receiving end of a pass, was able to cut back to the middle of the field, switch the ball from the right arm to the left, and run up field for a gain of 36 yards. Titans safety Bernard Pollard would push him out of bounds. This reception followed a 12 yard run for Bilal, as he continues to be a bright spot in the New York Jets offense.
2nd and 10 at the NYJ 14: The AFC’s 2nd leading rusher entering the game lines up in the shotgun next to Geno Smith and receives a handoff. The Jets offensive line is completely obliterated by the Titans front 4. Powell tries to take the run around the right side of the formation but Casey shoves Austin Howard away and is able to wrap him up.
Analysis: Powell followed up the finest game of his career with a very workman’s like 14 carries for 66 yards. The Jets fell behind early, and Marty decided to abandon the run somewhat. The Jets, as a team, only ran the ball 20 times with their running backs as oppose to 41 times the week before. Powell ran well though, and had a big reception out of the backfield to continue his breakout season.
Grade through First Quarter: A
2013 Projections: 264 carries for 1168 yards and 4 TDs; 44 receptions for 432 yards and 0 TDs
2. Tommy Bohanon, D
Best Play: 1st and 10 at the 50: the Jets came out in a two RB shotgun formation with Obamanu and Holmes on the outside and Kerley in the slot. Bohanon caught a pass from Geno after a good read and was able to pick up 7 yards.
Worst Play: 1st and 10 at the NYJ 1: the Jets ran T-Bo on a fullback dive. Derrick Morgan was able to tackle Bohanon after a one yard gain.
Analysis: Bohanon continued his good season as a check down option and is developing into a very good lead blocker. He picked up some garbage yards as the lead running back when the game got out of hand, but Bohanon continues to be a solid piece for the New York Jets.
Grade through First Quarter: C
2013 Projections: 36 carries for 116 yards and 0 TDs, 24 catches for 176 yards and 0 TDs
3. Alex Green, F
Best Play: 1st and 10 at the NYJ 29, Alex Green lined up in an i-formation with Tommy Bohanon as his lead blocker. Green took a handoff from Geno Smith, followed a solid block from Bohanon, and was able to pick up three yards.
Worst Play: 2nd and 7 at the TEN 26, Green lined up in the shotgun with Geno Smith, and got a pass in the flat, but was stopped for a one yard gain. Green didn’t get any traction, despite having decent blocking. He only gained a yard.
Analysis: Green had a terrible game. part of it can be attributed to the Jets offensive line not playing particularly well, but Green also hasn’t displayed anything that would warrant the Jets keeping him on the roster once Mike Goodson returns next week. If Ivory is healthy, I think Green will be cut.
Grade through First Quarter: F
2013 Projections: 28 carries for 60 yards and 0 TDs; 4 receptions for 4 yards and 0 TDs
The New York Jets were able to move the ball very well on the ground against the Titans, as both Bilal and T-Bo averaged over four yards a carry. If the Jets hand’t fallen behind by three scores, I fully believe the running game would’ve been able to have continued success against the Titans defense.
Bilal continues his breakout season and has played very well thanks to some solid run blocking by the Jets offensive line. Bohanon has played well as a receiver and lead blocker. Jets General Manager, John Idzik deserves credit for finding a guy in the 7th round who looks like he will stick. The Jets need to stick with the run, because that will make rookie QB Geno Smith’s job that much easier. The Jets now have the 12th best rushing attack in the NFL, and I give them a B through the first quarter of the season.