New York Jets: Week 1 Offensive Review

Dan Essien with a statistical review of the Jets week 1 performance against Buffalo

The Jets offense needs to be under the microscope. This season, this offensive review segment will take a deeper look at how functional this offense is from week to week. We’ll analyze offensive efficiency, play-calling, personnel, and other data points. This will also help us take a deeper look at where Sam Darnold succeeds and where he struggles. First up is week 1 vs. Buffalo.

Result: Buffalo 27 -Jets 17

General

Total Plays: 53
Total Yards: 254
Yards per play: 4.8
Turnovers: 2
Time of Possession (+/-): -22:32  (18:44 vs. 41:16)

Drives

Total Drives: 11
Total Plays: 53
Scoring Drives: 3
Plays per drive: 4.8
Yards per drive: 23.1
3 and outs: 4 (36% of total drives were 3 and outs)

Efficiency/Chains

3rd down conversions: 36% (4/11)
Red zone TD conversion: 50% (1/2)
2nd and 5 or less: 42% of 2nd downs (8/19)
3rd and 5 or less: 18% of 3rd downs (2/11)

Play-calling & Personnel

1st down play types: 11 pass/4 rush
% Plays w/ motion: 11%
% Passes w/ play-action: 1%

Personnel Breakdown

11 (1 RB, 1 TE) – 83% (44/53)
12 (1 RB, 2 TE) – 6% (3/53)
21 (2 RB, 1 TE) – 9% (5/53)
22 (2 RB, 2 TE) – 2% (1/53)

Distribution

Top 5 – Total Touches (catches and carries)
  1. Le’veon Bell (8) – 6 carries, 14 yards; 2 catches, 32 yards
  2. Jamison Crowder (7) – 7 catches, 115 yards, 1 TD
  3. Chris Herndon (6) – 6 catches, 37 yards
  4. Frank Gore (6) – 6 carries, 24 yards
  5. Breshad Perriman (3) – 3 catches, 17 yards
Top 5 – Total Targets
  1. Jamison Crowder – 13 targets
  2. Chris Herndon – 7 targets
  3. Breshad Perriman – 5 targets
  4. Chris Hogan – 4 targets
  5. Le’Veon Bell – 2 targets

Passing Risk & Protection

% of pass attempts 15+ yards (from LOS): 1% (3/35)
Completion % on pass attempts 15+ yards (from LOS): 16% (1/6)
Completion % on pass attempts 10+ yards (from LOS): 20% (3/15)
Completion % on pass attempts less than 10 yards (from LOS): 94% (17/18)
Average completion air distance (from LOS): 4.38 yards
Average number of rushers faced: 4.9
% of pressures on pass attempts: 37.1%

Sam Darnold Passsing Chart

Additional notes

Three plays accounted for 46.4% (118 yards) of the total yards (254) on offense. The first was the completion to Le’Veon Bell in the 2nd quarter for 30 yards on the wheel route. The second was a 21-yard completion to Jamison Crowder, also in the 2nd quarter. The last was the 67-yards touchdown on a screen pass to Jamison Crowder.

The Bills rushed 4 for the entire fourth quarter. As a result, they only got significant pressure on Darnold once. The Jets recorded 38% (8) of their total completions (21) in the 4th quarter. The Jets recorded 42% of their first downs (5/12) in the 4th quarter (excluding first downs from penalties).

Chris Herndon, who was expected to be a major feature in the Jets offense this season, recorded 5 of his 6 total catches in the 4th quarter, while the Bills defense was playing more passive.

The biggest play of the game was a slot screen on 3rd and 7. The play call was questionable but the Bills were bringing pressure and the Jets blocked it well on the outside. So Crowder got loose and finally got to display the amazing ability he has in space.

The Jets showed variety on first down play calls as mentioned above (11 passes, 4 rushes). However, the yards gained on completions on first down only surpassed 10 yards one time (30-yard completion to Bell). In total, the Jets gained 10 or more yards on completions 6 times out of their 21 completions.

Sam Darnold had 2 other pass attempts that were nearly intercepted. For both of those passes and for the actual interception, the target was Jamison Crowder.