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: 20
Rushing Yards: 76
Yards Per Carry: 3.8
Total Touches: 23
Total Yards: 99
Yards Per Touch: 4.3
1. Bilal Powell, D
Best Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 20, Powell lined up in the shotgun next to Geno Smith, and took a handoff left end to NYJ 37 for 17 yards before Matt Elam tackled Bilal. A good block on the outside by Stephen Hill, coupled with a good block by Ferguson, allowed Bilal to reach the edge and cut it up field for a big gain.
Worst Play: 2nd and 9 at NYJ 20, Marty brings the Wildcat out with Bilal lined up in the shotgun. Bilal tried to run it off tackle behind Ferguson, but Terrence Cody would have none of that. Cody wrapped up Bilal for no gain.
Analysis: Bilal received 2 more carries, and 5 more touches overall, compared to Ivory. This could’ve been because of Ivory’s ankle injury or just a concerted effort to get Bilal more carries to keep Ivory fresh. Bilal was an asset in the passing game with his 3 catches for 24 yards, but he also struggled in pass blocking this week. This was a theme for the entire Jets theme apparently, because Bilal has been solid so far this year. Too many times, Bilal (and Jeff Cumberland, for starters) completely missed their assignments. He did show some burst on his 17 yard run but, similar to Ivory, that was the extent of his good moments.
2. Chris Ivory, D
Best Play: 1st and 10 at BAL 46, Chris Ivory took a handoff from Geno Smith and, following two good blocks by left guard Brian Winters and left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson, was able to gain 17 yards. This was the highlight of the Jets only scoring drive, as Ivory was able to reach the third level of the Ravens defense before rookie safety Matt Elam brought him down. Brian Winters had Haloti Ngata lined up over him on this play, so it was impressive to see the rookie be able to hold his own against one of the best defensive linemen ever. Ivory showed good burst and was very decisive once he hit the hole that the o-line made for him.
Worst Play: 2nd and 14 at NYJ 25, Ivory took a handoff out of the shotgun around right end, but Ladarius Webb came up and made a great tackle on the Kraken. There was actually some yardage to be got if Ivory gets past Webb, but Webb was having none of that.
Chris Ivory struggled to gain much traction on Sunday. The offensive line did not do a good job of consistently winning their matchups up front, so the running lanes were few and far between. Ivory, and Powell, tried to make the most out of what they had but they could just not get anything going against the Ravens front 7.
3. Tommy Bohanon, D
Analysis: Bohanon struggled in both run blocking and pass blocking on Sunday. He wasn’t used as a receiving option or on any running plays.
Team Grade: D
The New York Jets followed up a very good game running the football against the Bills with an average day on the ground from their running backs. Where as they averaged 6.2 yards per carry last week, that number was down to 3.8 this week. Both Bilal and Chris had 17 yard runs against the Ravens defense, but these appear to be outliers. There was an almost even split of carries between the two, as Bilal received 11 carries and Chris received 9. Ivory revealed after the game that he sprained his ankle on the first run of the game, so that might explain why the Jets used Bilal as much as they did this week. Bilal, also, added 3 catches for 24 yards. Bohanon is earning himself a plane ticket out of Florham Park if he keeps putting together games like this. He was beat off of his blocks repeatedly in the run game, and was horrible in pass protection. I’m one of the few that thinks that Bohanon has actually looked serviceable this year, but this is the second game the last three weeks where he’s struggled in pass protection. His job, since Marty no longer uses him as a weapon in the passing game or as an option in the running game (I’m thankful for no more fullback dives), is to protect Geno when he’s in there on passing downs and block for Ivory/Powell on running plays. He’s struggled to do both. Hopefully he can bounce back this weekend against the Dolphins.
Ivory’s ankle warrants monitoring if for nothing else than how banged up he’s been in his career. The Ravens were playing with 8 men in the box repeatedly and Ivory and Powell were both able to average just a shade under 4 yards per carry. Considering how inept the Jets passing attack has looked, this is actually a good thing to know that the running game can consistently put you in much more manageable 3rd downs. The Jets offensive line was a little better in run blocking than they were in pass blocking (this week’s Big Man Report from TOJ will highlight some of that), but Ivory and Powell didn’t have consistent consistent running lanes. Hopefully, this changes on Sunday. Until next time Jets fans.