Chris Ivory’s season has been uneven due to injuries, the struggles on the offensive line and the fact that Bilal Powell has been seeing more action than him at times. However, when he gets going, he’s proven to be an excellent runner and his spectacular driving 15-yard touchdown run in the second half underscored that.
Despite the issues limiting his playing time, Ivory needs just 87 yards over the last three games to make this a career year. In order to become a 1,000 yard back, he needs to average 120 yards per game, so that’s probably unlikely but not entirely unfeasible.
The Jets’ running game did rack up an impressive 143 yards on the ground, although to some extent that was artificially skewed by the fact that Geno Smith ran for 50 yards. Ivory did average over four yards per carry though, breaking five tackles and averaging over three yards per carry after contact to move himself into a first placed tie for the NFL lead in that category with Adrian Peterson and Andre Ellington.
Ivory also served notice of his improvements as a pass blocker, lighting up Sio Moore on a blitz and sending him over to the sideline. There were negatives though – he did get beaten for the Raiders’ only sack and also fumbled in the second half, although he did well to recover that himself.
Bilal Powell continues to struggle to get anything going on the ground. He gained just two yards on five carries in the first half, although he did pick up a first down with some tough wildcat yardage. In the second half, he had a nice 11-yard run where he spun out of a tackle and broke a tackle in the open field on a 24-yard screen pass, but he’s averaged less than 30 rushing yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry since week four.
At fullback, Tommy Bohanon was once again ineffective as a blocker. They also threw to him twice with one pass off his fingertips and another one completed, but failing to pick up the first down because his momentum carried him out of bounds. While the placement of the pass could have been better on each of those plays, I wonder if he could have done a better job of sharpening his route to the flat.
Alex Green was in on a couple of wildcat plays but did not handle the ball. Debutante Darius Reynaud was only used on special teams.
Next up…Kerley’s return bolsters the receivers unit.