BGA: Decker cheers on the Titanic

Eric Decker finally delivered his first 100-yard game as a Jet, but does it matter? Decker did most of his damage against a career nickel back (Coty Sensabaugh) or by finding gaps in zone coverage.

However, he actually put together a good performance made up of several nice plays. He displayed good hands, fought for yardage and drew two penalty flags. It could have been a much bigger day for him though as his 81-yard touchdown catch was overturned because he stepped out of bounds on the 33 and he also dropped a back shoulder throw downfield.

Decker’s season as a whole has been somewhat disappointing, although part of that can be attributed to injuries. Over the last four games, he has 19 catches for 270 yards, which isn’t bad production if he could emulate that over a full season. As someone who expected Decker to fall well short of his 2012/13 production with the Broncos but was still hopeful he could produce enough to warrant the contract he was given, I would take it as a positive sign that his actual production is in line with my expectations despite the team’s struggles and his injuries. Moreover, it’s obvious he could have had a few bigger games if not for missed opportunities so there is some room for growth. On the whole, I’ve been impressed with him and remain hopeful he can build on this next year.

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BGA: Remember me, Titans

For Chris Johnson is was tough sledding. He was only averaging two yards per carry and not finding any room to run on a day when he was determined to stick it to his former teammates. However, he finally found some room after taking a direct snap and managed to put a move on the defender at the second level to break into the open field. Johnson’s 37-yard run set up Chris Ivory’s game winning touchdown and gave Johnson a decent statline of 55 yards on 10 carries despite his struggles the rest of the way.

For him to hurt the Titans in this fashion was somehow fitting because it was exactly how he hurt the Jets with Tennessee in 2012. In that game, Johnson was stifled all game but broke clear for a 94-yard touchdown that was integral to the Titans’ 14-10 win. His other 20 carries netted just 28 yards. This game was pretty similar and again ended with Johnson’s one big contribution being vital.

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BGA: Attack of the Colons

After some decent performances in recent weeks, this was a poor performance from the Jets offensive line. The Titans do have some talented players in their front seven and they were able to take advantage of some individual match-ups to make plays.

This will be remembered more though for the third quarter incident after the Jets had just apparently scored the go-ahead touchdown (although the replay booth would overturn this). Geno Smith was jawing with several Titans players and Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey popped him in the chops. The Jets’ reaction was perfect with Nick Mangold leading the charge as they rallied around their quarterback.

It doesn’t matter if your quarterback is struggling or if you’d rather the other guy was starting instead, if he gets punched in the face, that’s unacceptable and the Jets refused to accept it. Nick Mangold, sans helmet, waded in and the rest of the line followed suit. Willie Colon just ran from player to player, ripping helmets off and trying to snap necks, Jack Bauer style, Breno Giacomini indulged in some Greco-Roman style wrestling with Casey, Oday Aboushi was picking players off the pile, throwing one of them on the floor and D’Brickashaw Ferguson (a karate black-belt) set the edge with a calm and disciplined demeanor, just as you’d expect.

If only they’d been as co-ordinated and overpowering as this all season.

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BGA: Won’t get fooled again

I wasn’t looking forward to evaluating Geno Smith over the last three weeks of the year. If he’s bad, it’s going to be hard to find anything to say about his performance that hasn’t already been said. However, if he’s good, any positive signs I identify are going to be dismissed as meaningless because Smith seemed to show promise at the end of last season, only to then enter this year playing poorly.

Yesterday’s performance could muddy the waters even more because while his line was underwhelming (179 yards and a touchdown with a completion percentage of just 57%), he could easily have had somewhere in the region of 300 yards. Two first down completions were called back due to unnecessary penalties, including one that went for 43 yards to Zach Sudfeld. Eric Decker had also stepped out of bounds turning an 81-yard touchdown pass into a 48-yard gain and then dropped a well-placed back shoulder throw downfield.

Thankfully, though, this time things are a lot more clear-cut.

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BGA: Trash of the Titans

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…

The Jets finally got their first road win of the season yesterday, but it came in an unconvincing win over a depleted Titans team that is also playing out the string.

This morning the focus seems to be not on the performance itself but on how we as fans are supposed to feel about such a win. On the face of it, this is a complex issue, with both sides of the debate weighing up the merits of unwavering loyalty, forward-thinking pragmatism, karmic repercussions and optimisitical fool-me-once projectioneering.

The answer is actually simple though, you can feel however you want to about the win.

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BGA Preview: Jets at Titans

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…

Two 2-11 teams face off this week as the Jets travel to Tennessee to face the Titans for the third season in a row. Those two games were a 14-10 Titans win in December 2012 and another Titans win – this time 38-13 – early last season. Each of those games was notable because of poor quarterback play from the Jets, who suffered through four Mark Sanchez interceptions in 2012 and Geno Smith throwing two picks and losing a fumble in his own end zone in 2013. The last time the Jets beat Tennessee was in 2009 in Sanchez’s third career game.

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BGA Extra: Jets at Vikings

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 Vikings. 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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