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: Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Tommy Bohanon
Total Carries: 29
Rushing Yards: 112
Yards Per Carry: 3.8
Total Touches: 32
Total Yards: 131
Yards Per Touch: 4.0
1. Bilal Powell, A
Best Play: 3rd and 1 at the New England 3, Bilal Powell lined up in the shotgun next to Geno Smith and followed a big boy block by Vlad Ducasse on Vince Wilfork for a TD.
Worst Play: 2nd and 6 at the NYJ 24, Powell again lined up in the shotgun next to Geno Smith and received a handoff from the rookie QB. Instead of running behind Willie Colon, Bilal tries to cut it behind Ducasse and is stopped by a stunting Tommy Kelly after a gain of 3 yards.
Analysis: Powell delivered 4 negative touches out of 21, and finished with a score of 62. Even if you remove his touchdown (the lone touchdown scored by the Jets offense), he still finishes with a 52, which would be enough for an A. Powell’s play in the passing game as a checkdown option and when the Jets use screens is why he’s seeing more touches than a better running back like Chris Ivory. Powell benefitted from the Jets offensive line completely dominating the Patriots front seven. On Powell’s TD in particular, Vlad Ducasse (the highlight of a very good game for Vlad) manhandled Vince Wilfork. The Patriots were ranked 9th against the run last year, but the Jets were able to have success running the ball.
2. Chris Ivory, C
Best Play: 1st and 10 at the NE 35, Ivory lined up with Tommy Bohanon in front and ran behind Willie Colon. Ivory showed exceptional burst and agility (which is so surprising for a guy his size), and was able to pick up 11 yards.
Worst Play: 2nd and 10 at the NE 44, Ivory lined up next to Geno Smith in a shotgun formation, one of the few times the New York Jets actually tried to release the Kraken without T-Bo as a lead blocker. Ivory took the handoff right up the middle behind Nick Mangold and Willie Colon but Rob Ninkovich caused a fumble that the Jets were fortunate to recover.
Analysis: The Kraken was introduced to the rest of the AFC when Marty Mornhinweg called four straight runs for Chris Ivory. The result? Gains of 11, 4, 5, and 3 yards as the Jets began to wear down the Patriots front seven. Each of Ivory’s runs netted at at least four yards, with the exception of four of them. However, Ivory fumbled and was a complete non-factor in the passing game. Ivory’s 12 touches are a missed opportunity by Marty Mornhinweg though, because if Ivory had gotten 20+ touches, I have no doubt that he would’ve broken the 100 yard plateau. Ivory can’t put the ball on the ground, or he’ll continue losing touches to Bilal.
3. Tommy Bohanon, F
Best Play: 2nd and 10 at the NYJ 46, Bohanon is in the shotgun with Geno Smith. Bohanon’s number is called and he follows center Nick Mangold’s block for a 6 yard gain.
Worst Play: 2nd and 8 at the NYJ 18, Bohanon lined up in the shotgun next to Geno. Bohanon was the option in the screen game but Hightower and Ninkovich were able to push Bohanon out of bounds for a loss of 3.
Analysis: Bohanon had his number called more times than I expected, as Mornhinweg gave the rookie 4 carries (including one in the red zone). Bohanon diddn’t do particularly well in the running game, so four carries seems like too many. Bohanon was a non-factor in the passing game as well.
A much better day of running for the Jets in this game, in comparison to the game against Tampa Bay. Where as Geno led the team in rushing in Week 1, Ivory and Powell combined for 25 carries for 100 yards and a TD with 4.0 yards per carry. Vlad Ducasse played what might’ve been his best game as a Pro and, along with the rest of the offensive line, deserves a lot of credit for the success on the ground that the Jets had. Ivory played very well, but Mornhinweg noticeably went away from the Kraken after his fumble. Also, Powell’s better hands and pass blocking prowess clearly impacted the use of the running backs. It’ll be interesting when Mike Goodson returns, because he’s more explosive than Powell and is more of a threat out of the backfield, so a lot of Bilal’s 4-6 yard gains could become 10-12 yard gains. The Jets play the Bills next week, a team that has given up 100+ yards on the ground in back to back weeks, so we’ll see what happens. Until next time Jets Nation.