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: 27
Rushing Yards: 163
Yards Per Carry: 6.0
Total Touches: 31
Total Yards: 189
Yards Per Touch: 6.0
1. Bilal Powell, B
Best Play: 1st and 10 at NYJ 18, Bilal Powell received a handoff out of the shotgun and followed a great block by Nick Mangold. He went right up the middle for 39 yards. Nick Mangold took Adam Rubin completely out of the play and Bilal hit the hole and was off to the races. Really good execution by the offensive line, namely Mangold, to create a hole for Bilal to be able to go through and pick up a huge chunk play.
Worst Play: 2nd and 1 at NYJ 28, Powell took a handoff, again out of the shotgun. He tried to run it off right tackle but was stopped for a 2 yard gain. The positive was that the Jets needed one yard for a first down, but there was a crease that Bilal could’ve hit had he cut the run back.
Analysis: Bilal finished with 7 carries for 54 yards and added 4 catches for 26 yards. That’s 11 touches for 80 yards, a 7.2 yards per touch average. Bilal also had a 28 yard reception on the Jets first play of the game that was called back due to a Kellen Winslow penalty. I thought Bilal ran the ball well, following his blocks, and taking what the defense gave him but he did miss a few cutback lanes that could’ve yielded big chunk plays for the Jets offense.
2. Chris Ivory, A
Best Play: 1st and 10 at CLE 41, the Jets came out in a shotgun formation with Chris Ivory next to Geno Smith. Ivory took the handoff from Geno and ran off right tackle to the Cleveland 20 for 21 yards. Austin Howard delivered a really good block on Paul Kruger, and Ivory was able to cut upfield before being brought down.
Worst Play: 2nd and 10 at NYJ 42, Chris Ivory took a hand off right end to NYJ 43 for 1 yard before Paul Kruger and Adam Rubin tackled him. There was no hole for Ivory to run through, as the Browns did a good job of getting off of their blocks and tackled Ivory for a one yard gain.
Chris Ivory put together another really good game, as he had 20 rushes for 109 yards. Ivory’s runs came out of single back looks, similar to Bilal, which makes their games so impressive. This was Ivory’s 3rd 100 yard rushing game of the season and his 6th game averaging at least 6.0 yards per carry. His 4.6 yards per carry on the season have him in the top 10 in the league, and it’s a higher YPA than Adrian Peterson, CJ Spiller, Marshawn Lynch and Frank Gore. Ivory is now 186 yards away from his first 1,000 yard season.
3. Tommy Bohanon, N/A
Analysis: Bohanon received 0 carries and was only targeted once in the passing game as the Jets used primarily a shotgun formation and used more no huddle than they’ve used in recent weeks.
Team Grade: A
The New York Jets running backs played another outstanding game. Ivory and Powell were both patient (i’ll admit, Bilal was a little too patient), and both displayed a willingness to initiate contact when they reached the second and third levels of the Browns defense. Credit goes to the Jets offensive line for playing arguably their best game of the season, paving the way for a 6 yards per carry day and allowing 0 sacks.
While Chris Ivory continues his breakout season, credit goes to Bilal Powell as well because it was HE that was slated for the breakout season after the torrid start he had. Bilal’s role has been adjusted during the year, as he was first the lead back with Ivory and Goodson out, then he was relegated to bench duty when Goodson returned, and then he became the 3rd down back when Goodson was injured. Bilal’s just kept doing his job, and he’s averaged at least 4.6 yards per carry three out of the last 4 games. He’s been dependable, and has only fumbled once in 190 touches this year. He’s 103 total yards away from reaching 1000 for the season. Although that does not seem like much at first, you have to consider all the changes his role has seen. It has been great to watch him develop as a running back this year.
Until next time Jets fans.