BGA: The surprisingly temperate London Winters

Many Jets fans were concerned over how the Jets would handle the threat of Ndamukong Suh on the left side of the defensive line, especially with right guard Willie Colon out and with Miami’s defense also boasting a couple of dangerous edge rushers. In the end, the Jets did a great job of neutralizing that threat, but how did they do it?

Mostly, it came from a more cohesive performance as a unit, despite the personnel change in the starting line-up. However, there were plenty of gameplan wrinkles that enable the Jets to do this. One in particular saw the Jets pulling their guards regularly in the running game. This meant that instead of being forced to block Suh, Brian Winters was able to pull to the left to block a linebacker or receiver, while center Nick Mangold and/or Breno Giacomini would slide over to pick up Suh.

This plan wasn’t perfect, as Suh was twice able to split a Mangold/Giacomini double to blow up a run, but generally it was successful in terms of enabling Winters to make effective blocks rather than being overmatched against one of the game’s greats. It’s not like they did it every time though, as Winters was tasked with blocking Suh one-on-one plenty of times and held up to that most of the time, although he did get pushed into the quarterback a couple of times in pass protection. Winters did have some negative plays, including two penalties, but his consistency was as good as it’s ever been and one way he really impressed and had a positive impact was with some extremely athletic pulling reach blocks to set up some big runs off the edge.

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BGA: Fitz entertains the Brits

Ryan Fitzpatrick marshalled the Jets to another win and, although it was a pretty uneven performance, he made several key plays to help the Jets rack up 27 points and enable them to close out the game.

With all the talk about Fitzpatrick’s inability to throw deep, they immediately answered that with a 58-yard bomb to Brandon Marshall on the first offensive snap of the game. Several players remarked how that helped them to set an aggressive tone and Fitzpatrick’s pass, while it didn’t lead Marshall to the end zone, was at least dropped in nicely over the cornerback so he had an easy chance to make the grab.

That doesn’t completely negate those concerns about his deep passing, because Fitzpartick was otherwise 0-for-5 with an interception on passes beyond 20 yards and was actually pretty inaccurate throwing downfield for most of the game. Still, four weeks in, he’s yet to make the kind of catastrophic mistakes Jets quarterbacks have been guilty of all too often over the past few seasons.

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BGA: London Mauling

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…

Heading to the bye week with a 3-1 record is beyond the wildest dreams of many Jets fans, but they got there with a mostly-impressive display that saw them sustain some positive trends from previous games.

This has been a team that finishes the first half strong and they’ve actually scored in the last three minutes of the first half seven times in a row, including the last three games of preseason. Once again, they did that here, with Ryan Fitzpatrick’s touchdown pass stretching the Jets’ lead to 20-7 and putting them in control as the teams headed to the locker room.

As has usually been the case, not only was that the last score of the first half, but the Jets also scored first in the second half to wrestle further control away from the Dolphins. To Miami’s credit, they’ve been a team on the ropes, but they battled back well and had a couple of chances to make it a one-possession game late in the fourth quarter. Ultimately, the Jets hung on well and kept the Dolphins at arms’ length, but that mini-comeback does at least show that the Jets have more work to do in terms of improving towards being the finished article.

After stretching their lead to 27-7 on their first drive of the second half, the Jets did not score again, despite forcing four turnovers (including two on downs) from that point onwards. They also gained just 50 net yards the rest of the way.

The biggest feature of the Jets win was an extremely aggressive defensive gameplan from Todd Bowles, with the Jets blitzing a lot, especially with their defensive backs. This factored into Ryan Tannehill’s numbers – 19-for-44, 198 yards – which were the kind of numbers teams were regularly held to during the original Darrelle Revis era. The Dolphins failed on all 12 third down conversions and all four fourth downs, emulating the 0-for-15 performance by the Cardinals in the Revis-less Jets’ 7-6 win back in 2012.

I would caution that the pass rush had a major influence on the game, but that this represented the Jets going after a major weakness and that against other teams with a healthy offensive line, they’ll see a higher percentage of their blitzes picked up so they won’t always see the same success. Still, you can’t argue with the defensive playmaking and the way the Jets neutralized Miami’s attempts to mitigate the pressure. With a “good enough” offensive display, that’s a recipe that will see the Jets competitive most weeks and hopefully they’ll continue to blow away weaker teams.

This week’s BGA is assuredly the most well-informed I’ve ever produced, because I was fortunate enough to be in the stadium and able to interact with the team after the game. Make sure you keep tuning in throughout the day, because I’ve got plenty of interesting nuggets to share.

Next up…our we recap Fitzpatrick’s performance yesterday and take stock of where he stands in terms of the season so far.

Oct 4, 2015; London, United Kingdom; New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams (92) tries to get past Miami Dolphins left guard Dallas Thomas (63) in Game 12 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium.The Jets defeated the Dolphins 27-14.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Injury updates: Pryor bruises knee, Williams sprains ankle

New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor bruised his knee and defensive end Leonard Williams sprained his ankle in Sunday’s 27-14 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Wembley Stadium (Oct. 4).

Linebacker David Harris injured his quadriceps and left the game in the fourth quarter. Running back Bilal Powell suffered a groin injury in the first half and did not return.

Wide receiver Eric Decker, who missed the team’s Week 3 game with a sprained PCL, recorded four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.

Pryor and a Dolphins player collided knee-to-knee in Sunday’s game, but Pryor said he doesn’t believe it to be a serious injury as the Jets head into a Week 5 bye.

“It’s just a bruise,” he said. “Nothing more than that. I’m pretty sure I’ll be good.”

Head coach Todd Bowles said he thinks Harris will be OK, but added he isn’t sure about Powell.


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Jets Postgame: Bowles on win over Dolphins

Jets head coach Todd Bowles discusses how Chris Ivory’s play fueled the Jets in Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins in London.


Jets dominate, overcome errors to beat Dolphins

The Jets dominated the Dolphins for three quarters, then survived a fourth-quarter letdown and other mistakes to win 27-14 in London Sunday to improve to 3-1.

With Chris Ivory running for a career-high 164 yards and Brandon Marshall piling up 128 receiving yards, the Jets outgained the outgained the Dolphins 428-229.

However, the Jets had 14 penalties for 163 yards and gave up three long punt returns by Jarvis Landry to allow the Dolphins to stay in it.

With the Jets ahead 27-7 entering the fourth quarter, Miami came very close to making it a one-possession game thanks to two 25-yard punt returns by Landry. The first set up Ryan Tannehill’s second TD pass to make it 27-14.

The second put Miami in the red zone again. The Jets appeared to have stopped Miami before Buster Skrine was called for holding in the end zone on fourth down. But Darrelle Revis intercepted Tannehill to end the threat.

Miami got the ball back, and a 42-yard yard pass from Tannehill to Kenny Stills put the ball at the Jets 26. But Marcus Williams ended the game by intercepting Tannehill (19-for-44, 198 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) in the end zone with 1:51 to end it.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was 16-for-29 for 218 yards, two TDs and an interception. He ran for 34 yards, 24 yards fewer than Miami’s total.

The Jets established their dominance early. After forcing the first of Miami’s 11 three-and-outs, Marshall caught a 58-yard pass from itzpatrick to put the Jets in scoring position. Ivory finished the drive with a 3-yard TD run with 10:49 left in the first quarter to give New York a 7-0 lead.

Nick Folk kicked field goals of 22 and 48 yards to give the Jets a 13-0 lead.

Miami made it 13-7 with 7:07 left in the first half on Ryan Tannehill’s 8-yard TD pass to Jake Stoneburner. The drive was aided by pass interference penalties against Darrelle Revis and Marcus Gilchrist totaling 58 yards.

Eric Decker, whose status was uncertain coming into the game, finished a seven-play, 75-yard drive by catching a 10-yard TD pass from Fitzpatrick with 2:26 left in the first half.

Zac Stacy scored the Jets third TD with 4:31 left in the third quarter. His 2-yard run capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive.

After a bye next weekend, the Jets return to action Sunday Oct. 18 at home against Washington.

Brian Bassett,

After looking extremely flat last week against the Eagles, the Jets came out and looked dominant against the Dolphins. The Jets go into the bye at 3-1 with a proven stifling defense and puncher’s offense. It’s a combination that could keep the Jets as a competitive and contending team this year.

The Jets strangled the Dolphins from the opening whistle. After stopping the Dolphins in their first series, the Jets took a deep shot on their first play on offense to Brandon Marshall which set up a touchdown and the Jets never looked back.

The Jets ran at will on the Dolphins and connected for some serious receptions in the passing game. Ivory easily had one of the best games of his career. Despite an ill-timed lateral last week, Marshall had yet another solid game acting as a workhorse receiver.

The Jets brought pressure up front, hurrying and sacking Ryan Tannehill almost at will; the Dolphins are not as advertised but even so the Jets defense tightened up to only allow one touchdown through three quarters. Through three quarters the Jets had over 375 yards while the Fins had less than 100. It was a massacre regardless of the final score.

Despite the dominant win, there were areas of improvement needed by the Jets. The team had an inordinate amount of penalties and needs to clean that up. Brian Winters fared well in relief of Willie Colon but I’ll withhold judgment until I see Bent’s BGA. My biggest hot-button issue is Ryan Fitzpatrick’s missile-lock on Marshall for good or ill. Better defensive coordinators than Dan Coyle will ruin the Jets day if Fitzpatrick insists on that sort of read-progression hubris.


GameDay: Jets vs. Dolphins in London, 9:30 a.m.

The Jets (2-1) meet AFC East rival Miami (1-2) Sunday in England.

Kickoff: 9:30 a.m.
Site: Wembley Stadium
Surface: Grass
Weather: Partly cloudy, low 60’s
TV: CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
The Line: Jets by 2; O/U 41.5
The Series: Jets lead, 51-46-1; the teams have split the season series the past four years.

Last week: Both teams are coming off home losses. The Jets fell 24-17 to Philadelphia; the Dolphins were embarrassed by the Bills, 41-14.

Jets notes: First-year coach Todd Bowles was interim head coach for Dolphins for last three games of 2011. He beat the Jets in season finale. … Jets have lost 8 yards in sacks, fewest in AFC, while Dolphins have one sack in 94 pass plays, worst in NFL. … Jets have allowed league-low 41 points. … Jets lead league with 11 takeaways and seven fumble recoveries, and are tied for second in turnover differential at plus-5. … New York has allowed only one TD in six red-zone possessions, best in league. … Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown five interceptions, tied for second most in league. … New York is averaging 4.1 yards on first down, second worst in league. … Jets’ Brandon Marshall has TD reception in each of first three games.

Dolphins notes: In six games against Jets, Ryan Tannehill is 3-3 with passer rating of 70.3. … Dolphins have been outscored 27-3 in first quarter. … Dolphins have been outgained on ground 435-218, worst in NFL. … Miami is one of three teams with no TDs rushing. … Dolphins run 29 percent of time, lowest in AFC. … Dolphins first-round draft pick DeVante Parker, coming back from offseason foot surgery, had three catches last week and may be poised for breakout game against hobbled Jets secondary.


Decker, Ivory active against Dolphins

WR Eric Decker and RB Chris Ivory are both active on Sunday, the Jets announced.

Here are the team inactives:

  • Chris Owusu
  • Darrin Walls
  • Jamari Lattimore
  • Jarvis Harrison
  • Willie Colon
  • Ben Ijalana
  • Jeff Cumberland