New York Jets Need RB Bilal Powell To Excel Again In Week 4

By Nick Mamary
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

There is tremendous importance on balance offense in the NFL. When a team becomes too one dimensional, opponents have an easier time preparing for action. A rookie quarterback makes it extra vital to help run the ball. When defenders close in on receivers, they can create problems in the passing game.

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith brings every tool one could possibly want. His cannon arm opens up so many more plays, and his mobility provides capability to escape pressure from pass rushers. Designed running plays are also available before which wasn’t the case with Mark Sanchez under center. Even though this individual gives hope to an offense that struggled mightily last year, Smith can’t do everything on his own.

This past Sunday showed running back Bilal Powell’s potential ability, as he obtained a career-high 149 yards. Powell used speed to get past the Buffalo Bills‘ defense. Fans must have enjoyed such large gains after witnessing a previously slow and plodding offense. They need a repeat performance for a couple of reasons.

Smith’s occasional poor decisions will multiply if pressure consistently comes. A running game that strikes fear in opponents makes life easier on their signal caller. Powell looks like a promising back, and that becomes even more imperative Sunday. Chris Ivory will miss this game with a hamstring injury, but Alex Green may be able to fill in as backup briefly. There potentially becomes a great pair with Ivory and Powell, but he needs to register a solid performance.


Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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