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, Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson
Total Carries: 19
Rushing Yards: 97
Yards Per Carry: 5.1
Total Touches: 21
Total Yards: 115
Yards Per Touch: 5.4
1. Bilal Powell, C
Best Play: 2nd and 10 at NYJ 32, the AFC’s co-leading rusher enters the game and runs behind rookie left guard Brian Winters for 5 yards before being tackled by Peria Jerry. Winters got a good push, and Powell made his decision early to hit the hole Winters made.
Worst Play: 2nd and 3 at ATL 6, Powell lines up next to Geno in the shotgun, and takes the handoff from the rookie Jets QB. Bilal tries to run behind right guard Willie Colon, but is stopped by Jordan Babineaux for no gain.
Analysis: Powell didn’t have a great game, but what he did do was keep the Falcons offense honest. He, also, set the tone for the Jets running attack. Powell did a great job picking up blitzes by the Falcons defense, and he caught one pass for 9 yards. Powell finished with 38 yards on 12 carries in what was arguably his worst game of the season statistically.
2. Chris Ivory, D
Best Play: 1st and 10 at ATL 23, the moment we’ve all been waiting for as Jets fans. The Kraken was released on a familiar Atlanta Falcons defense. Ivory received a handoff in the shotgun, hit a massive hole created by Brian Winters and Nick Mangold, and was able to throw in a leap over a Falcons defender to gain 19 yards before William Moore brought him down.
Worst Play: 2nd and 10 at ATL 41, Chris Ivory runs behind Austin Howard, but Howard got very minimal push, and Ivory gains a yard before being tackled by Worrilow.
Analysis: Ivory, like Mike Goodson, had one big run (a 19 yard run punctuated with a leap over William Moore), and then only had 3 other carries for eight yards. However, Ivory was on the field on the Kellen Winslow touchdown, and it appeared as if the threat of an Ivory run forced the Falcons secondary to play much closer to the line of scrimmage. Ivory, now fully healthy, will be used very similar to how the Saints used him going forward; Mike Goodson will fill the Darren Sproles role, and Bilal Powell will fill the Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram role. One thing that I did like about ivory in this game was his ability as a pass blocker. Bilal is a much better pass blocker, but Ivory got some opportunities and performed adequately.
3. Mike Goodson, C
Best Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 33, the Jets break out the Wildcat again, but with Mike Goodson, and not Bilal Powell. There is a direct snap to Goodson. Goodson was able to cut the run upfield and show off some of the speed we at TOJ pointed out last week, before being tackled by Thomas DeCoud.
Worst Play: 2nd and 7 at the ATL 24, Marty dials up the Wildcat and there’s a direct snap to Powell. Goodson comes in motion and takes the hand off. Goodson tries to run around Austin Howard, but is dropped for a yard loss.
Analysis: Welcome to New York Mike Goodson. His 26 yard run out of the Wildcat was electric, but he only gained six yards on his two other carries as Bilal Powell received a bulk of the work. Goodson did catch one pass on two targets for 9 yards, and you can see that Marty is going to use him in a lot of different ways. When Geno sent Goodson in motion, on the play that Osi came untouched around left tackle and sacked Geno, Goodson was motioned to the slot. Expect to see a couple of formations going forward with Hill, Kerley, and Goodson as WRs, and Ivory and Powell in the shotgun with Geno.
4. Tommy Bohanon, N/A
Analysis: Bohanon received 0 carries and had 0 receptions, as he was primarily used as a lead blocker. I do think this was the role that the Jets envisioned for T-Bo, and now that they have their full stable of running backs, that’s the role I expect Bohanon to serve going forward.
Team Grade: A
The New York Jets, as a team, were able to move the ball very well on the ground against the Falcons, as evidenced by their 5.2 yards per carry. I had said in last week’s grade sheet that the Jets would need to rely on the run in order to protect Geno Smith going forward, much like the Jets did with Mark Sanchez in his rookie year. This game was a blueprint for how they can weather the growing pains that are sure to come. The Jets offensive line deserves ALOT of credit, as the Big Man Report will undoubtedly show, for being able to exert their will against the Falcons front. Brian Winters, on the Chris Ivory run in particular, created a hole big enough for the Kraken to do what he does best; hit the hole as hard as possible with little regard for human life. Even though not one Jets running back had a breakout game, as a collective Run-CMB delivered on Monday night.