BGA: Not exactly bursting at the seams

The Jets may have run all over the Raiders’ undersized line last week, but the Packers’ defensive front – even without BJ Raji – would prove to be an altogether different animal.

A quick look at the stat sheet suggests the running game wasn’t too bad. 146 yards at just under four yards per carry would seem pretty good and will certainly serve to keep the Jets running game statistics among the league leaders. It’s very misleading though because a huge chunk of the yardage came on a gadget play where Geno Smith pitched the ball to Jeremy Kerley. Smith also bolstered the numbers with some scramble yardage (and, in fact, Mike Vick probably should have done the same rather than allow himself to get sacked while waiting for a downfield route to not develop).

The accusation has been levied at Marty Mornhinweg that he “abandoned” the running game, but I think it’s more accurate to say that it just wasn’t very good. They did still rush 15 times in the second half. One stat sums up how disappointing the Jets running game was: Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson combined for 64 yards on 25 carries.

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BGA: Winters falls again

One week after what was probably his best game as a pro, Brian Winters had a nightmare performance at left guard, one which arguably rivalled any of his games from last season in terms of his ineffectiveness.

Winters clearly made several mistakes in pass protection, leading to Geno Smith being sacked once and nailed a couple of other times. That includes the play where he threw his interception, with the hit directly contributing to the ball’s flight being affected. Perhaps even more jarring though was the complete lack of positive contributions from Winters in the running game, just a week after he made a series of good blocks against the Raiders.

Winters was driven into the backfield on a regular basis, whether pass protecting or run blocking as the Packers went after him and exploited his struggles to make several important plays. The fact Winters looked good briefly only to then regress creates worrying echoes of last year when Vladimir Ducasse had looked so good early in the season only to then go downhill and find himself benched permanently for Winters (who fared no better). Maybe the left guard position isn’t going to be better this year as we previously thought.

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BGA: Geno Smith and the Quest for Imperfection

Last week, I wrote how Geno Smith had completed all 12 of his passes from late in the second quarter onwards, but was perhaps trying too hard to make the right throw every time and made some costly errors in the pocket as a direct result.

This week, we once again saw a change at the same point in the game. However, although the situation on the scoreboard was pretty similar, with Smith initially nursing a slender lead, his performance and the end results were the complete opposite. This time, Smith seemed to play with a lot more freedom, but – having started the game 10-of-13 – completed just six of his last 19 passes.

Credit must go to the Packers defense for putting Smith under plenty of pressure – he was just 4-of-14 when pressured – and for excellent coverage (they were credited with nine passes defensed on just 16 incompletions). We’re back to the old questions though: Did the offensive gameplan fail to create any opportunities? Are the receivers not getting any separation? And, most importantly, is Geno Smith ever going to be good enough that we don’t need to ask those first two questions any more?

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BGA: Jets lack staying power, flatter to deceive

Welcome to BGA! We’ll be here the day after every Jets game for an in-depth review of what happened. We’ll look at each position group throughout the day, so keep coming back to TJB to check it out. We’ll also post a summary with links to all the articles later on today.

Let’s move on to discuss yesterday’s game…

This was not a good week to end up missing the start of the game. Stranded miles from home, I finally got home hours later than planned following the journey from hell. Little did I know that the Jets were about to start heading in the opposite direction. To read more of this story, click here

BGA Preview: Jets at Packers

During the season, Bent’s Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets’ upcoming opponents, enabling a break down of what to watch out for on gameday…

The Jets last played the Green Bay Packers in 2010, losing 9-0 at home in a game that featured two controversial interceptions, a couple of special teams blunders and disappointing offensive execution throughout from the Jets. With a chance to go 2-0, the Jets are underdogs, but will be hoping to exploit a couple of key injuries to give themselves a chance at Lambeau.

After the jump, I break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) to try and highlight what the Jets need to look out for. To read more of this story, click here

BGA Extra: Raiders at Jets

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend’s game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about the game against the Raiders. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read BGA each week and leave your question in the comments section.

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BGA Wrap-up: Raiders at Jets

It may have been a sloppy and unconvincing win in places and, yes, the Raiders may yet prove that they’re not much different from those Raiders teams that have resided in the cellar of the AFC West perennially over the last decade or so, but a win is a win.

Week one does often seem to be a time when the worse teams in the league over-achieve, perhaps because their lack of depth won’t be fully exposed until the season really starts to take its toll. Therefore, it’s difficult to read too much into this performance at this stage.

With that said, it looks like the defensive line is going to drive this team’s defense once again and, though it might be too early to say this with any level of certain, there can be some hope that the offense will be better than it has been over the past few years and that the defensive backfield perhaps won’t prove to be the wasteland some feared.

It’s good to have football back, but it’s even better to have winning football back. Let’s hope this is the first of many wins for our Jets this season.

There are links to each BGA article or the option to read the offensive and/or defensive BGA in full after the jump.

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