Here is Joe Malfa with grades for the Jets’ offensive performance against the Seahawks…
Despite widespread hope that Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense would bounce back as they have in the past, the offense fell flat on its face once again. If not for a wacky fumble return touchdown by Charone Peake on a forward fumble by Fitzpatrick, the offense would have posted just 10 points. It was ugly.
Ryan Fitzpatrick — D- — 23/41, 261 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs
Fitzpatrick’s performance was probably worthy of an F, but he played better than he did against the Chiefs so I decided to bump him up to a D-. He was inaccurate, ineffective, and careless with the football. He continues to throw to his first read, leave clean pockets, and miss receivers deep down the field. On two occasions, underthrown balls negated touchdowns — one to Robby Anderson that was broken up and one to Brandon Marshall that still resulted in a 41-yard gain. Fans have already started calling for Geno Smith, and that change might be made in the near future if Fitz fails to turn things around.
Matt Forte — D — 14 carries, 27 yards; 2 catches, 16 yards
Forte had his first bad outing of the season. He struggled to make it back to the line of scrimmage on seemingly every carry, with his longest run of the day picking up just five yards. Granted he went up against a strong Seattle defense, but the running game needs to be effective if the Jets are going to start winning ball games.
Bilal Powell — A — 4 carries, 26 yards; 6 catches, 54 yards
As I said last week — Give. This. Man. The. Ball.
Through four games, Powell has been effective and explosive every time he has gotten his hands on the football. He nearly outgained Forte on 10 fewer carries, and he was tied for the team-high in catches… Why is he not seeing more snaps?!
Quincy Enunwa — A — 6 catches, 60 yards
Enunwa continues to impress, especially in the absence of Eric Decker. He has emerged as a primary target and continued to prove his worth as a blocker. I have nothing but positive things to say about him.
Brandon Marshall — A+ — 4 catches, 89 yards, 1 TD
Marshall was beating Richard Sherman — one of the game’s top cornerbacks — the entire game. If it were not for Fitzpatrick, Marshall might have had eight catches for 200 yards and two TDs in this one. He did his part in stepping up to help the offense, but Fitz failed them for the second week in a row.
Robby Anderson — C — 2 catches, 12 yards; Charone Peake — C — 3 catches, 30 yards
They were not spectacular, but I liked what I saw out of both rookies on Sunday. Peake looked comfortable and showed why the Jets are high on him, and Anderson flashed his speed and potential by beating Sherman down the sideline for what should have been a touchdown (one of Fitz’s underthrown deep balls). I am excited to watch these two develop over the next few weeks.
Offensive Line — C-
The offensive line struggled for the first time all season. Fitz was sacked four times, and there was never a strong enough push up front to get Forte going.
Overall Offensive Grade: D
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