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: 125
Yards Per Carry: 6.25
Total Touches: 23
Total Yards: 131
Yards Per Touch: 5.6
1. Bilal Powell, C
Best Play: 2nd and 6 at NYJ 19, Bilal Powell lined up in the shotgun next to Geno Smith and took a handoff off left tackle to NYJ 29 for 10 yards before Manny Lawson & Aaron Williams tackled Bilal. This would actually be a sign of things to come with the running game, particularly Howard and Ferguson, as D’Brickashaw Ferguson delivered a really good seal block on Mario Williams and Bilal was able to reach the second level of the Bills defense and pick up a first down.
Worst Play: 1st and 15 at NYJ 10 Bilal is again in the shotgun. Bilal took a handoff up the middle to NYJ 12 for 2 yards, before Dareus evaded Willie Colon and wrapped up the former Louisville Cardinal.
Analysis: Bilal, now that his role has shifted a bit, has appeared fresher the last two weeks. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry and was able to run for 29 yards on 5 carries. He, also, continued his excellent season as a pass blocker on the plays that he was actually kept in to block.
2. Chris Ivory, A
Best Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 20, Ivory took a handoff up the middle to BUF 11 for 69 yards before Aaron Williams and Jarius Byrd brought the Kraken down. A huge hole was created by Nick Mangold and Willie Colon and Ivory hit that hole ridiculously fast. This was the best run of the day for the Jets as Colon and Mangold created a hole wide enough to drive a bison through. This was Colon’s best block on a subpar day for him.
Worst Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 29, Chris Ivory lined up in the shotgun next to Geno Smith and took a handoff up the middle to NYJ 31 for 2 yards before Kyle Williams and Aaron Williams brought him down. Colon and Winters struggled against the interior of the Bills defensive line, and this was evident on this run. 4 plays after this one, Mario Williams was lined up over Brian Winters and blew up a Chris ivory handoff for a 5 yard loss. This play on 1st down was worse because it was a sign of things to come. The Bills figured out the Jets weakness on the offensive line and exploited it repeatedly. The Jets made adjustments too though.
Chris Ivory is averaging 16 carries for 118.5 yards, a 7.1 yards per carry, and a TD over the last two games. Over the last 4, it’s 18.5 carries, 88 yards, and a 4.8 yards per carry average. Ivory’s become the #1 back and has produced back to back games with 50+ yard runs. Where as his game against New England was a workman’s like game, the last two have shown the explosiveness Ivory flashed while a member of the Saints. Some will argue that, if you take away the 69 yard run, he only had 29 yards on 14 carries. That is a valid point, as the Bills won the battle up front consistently. However, the Jets did keep feeding Ivory and they were rewarded with the big run. He’s, also, found the end zone in back to back games.
3. Tommy Bohanon, C
Analysis: Bohanon received no carries again, but did have two catches as a checkdown option for Geno. Bohanon had a good day blocking for Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. He wasn’t used as a pass blocker, as Marty chose to employ some empty backfields for Geno despite the Bills bringing pressure with 4 or 5 consistently throughout Sunday’s game.
Team Grade: B
The New York Jets, as a team, had another solid game on the ground. They’ve now rushed for 80+ yards in every game this season, and have topped 100+ in 6 out of the 10 games. However, where as against the Saints they shredded them in addition to the Chris Ivory 52 yard run, the Bills did a really good job of bottling up the Jets run game in spite of the one big run. Remove the 69 yard run, and the Jets averaged 3.3 yards per carry against the Bills. However, the 69 yard run did happen and that was one play where the Jets actually won the battle up front. Bilal, also, averaged more than 5 yards a carry as well so what Ivory was doing wasn’t an outlier. The Jets, had the game not unraveled due to the Geno Smith turnovers, would’ve been able to lean on the running game and I have no doubt that they would’ve pulled out a close game. Now, the Jets get to bring the 8th ranked rushing offense in the league into Baltimore for a slug fest with the Ravens. Until next week Jets fans.