New York Jets: Week 3 Offensive Review

Dan Essien with a statistical review of the Jets week 3 matchup against Indianapolis

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. I’ll also be marking improvements or regressions against the season average for certain stats. Today let’s go through week 3 against the Colts.

Result: Colts 34 – Jets 7

General

Total Plays: 60
Total Yards: 260
Yards per play: 4.3
Turnovers:
Time of possession (+/-): -0:16 (29:52 vs 30:18)

Drives

Total Drives: 11
Total Plays: 60
Scoring Drives: 1
Plays per drive: 5.5
Yards per drive: 23.6
3 and outs:
 (18% of drives were 3 and outs)

Efficiency/Chains

3rd down conversions: 12% (3/12)
4th down conversions:
0% (0/1) →
Red-zone TD conversion: 50% (1/2)
2nd and 5 or less:
25% (6/24)
3rd and 5 or less: 30.8% (4/13)

Play-calling/Personnel

1st down play types:  13 Pass, 13 Run
3rd and 5+ play calls: 9 passes (1 screen)
% of plays with motion: 36.7%
% of plays w/ play action: 13.3% (28% of pass attempts)

Personnel Breakdown

11 (1 RB, 1 TE) – 67% (40/60)
12 (1 RB, 2 TE) – 8% (5/60)
21 (2 RB, 1 TE) – 8% (5/60)
22 (2 RB, 2 TE) – 7%(4/60)
1 RB, 0 TE – 3% (2/60)
2 RB, 0 TE – 1% (1/60)
1 RB, 3 TE – 1% (1/60)
0 RB, 1 TE – 1% (1/60)
0 RB, 2 TE – 1% (1/60)

Distribution

Top 5 – Total Touch Attempts (targets and carries)
  1. Frank Gore (16 total, 15 carries, 1 target)
  2. LaMichal Perine (9 total, 7 carries, 2 targets)
  3. Kalen Ballage (7 total, 2 carries, 5 targets)
  4. Chris Herndon (5)
  5. Braxton Berrios (4)
Top 5 – Total Passing Targets
  1. Kalen Ballage (5)
  2. Chris Herndon (5)
  3. Braxton Berrios (4)
  4. Lawrence Cager (4)
  5. Chris Hogan (3)

Passing Risk & Protection

% of pass attempts 15+ yards (from LOS): 24% (7/29)
% of pass attempts 10-15 yards (from LOS): 10% (3/29)
% of pass attempts 1-10 yards (from LOS): 31% (9/29)
% of pass attempts at or behind LOS: 34% (10/29)

Completion % on pass attempts 15+ yards (from LOS): 28.6% (2/7)
Completion % on pass attempts 10+ yards (from LOS): 40% (4/10)
Completion % on pass attempts less than 10 yards (from LOS): 81% (13/16)

Average completion air distance (from LOS): 3.2 yards

Average number of rushers faced: 4.2 
% of pressures on pass attempts:
34.4%

Sam Darnold passing chart

Additional Notes:

The Jets offense took more risk in week 3 than they have the entire season. They also scored the least amount of points they have all season, which is obviously alarming. They only reached the red-zone twice, and even if they scored a touchdown instead of Darnold’s interception on the second trip, they still would’ve lost by multiple scores.

While the offense looked “better” (based on their current standards) at times in the first half, they did not look quite as potent in the second half after the Colts were able to make adjustments. The Jets averaged 8.7 yards per drive in the second half.

Sam Darnold is a streaky quarterback. He had a rough day but he had an impressive stretch at the end of the first quarter into the second quarter.  From the Jets’ 18th to 29th offensive plays Darnold went 6-7 for 91 yards and a touchdown. He had 54% of his total passing yardage output in a 12-play span.

Braxton Berrios did well again this week after an impressing last week against the 49ers. His targets were cut in half from last week, however, despite the Jets need for anything resembling explosiveness offensively. Adam Gase instead manufactured twice as many touches for Kalen Ballage who was tied for the team lead in passing targets for week 3.

Through 3 weeks, Sam Darnold is only hitting on 33% of passes that go 10 yards or more beyond the line of scrimmage. In addition, only 54% of his pass attempts are going that distance.