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New York Jets: Running Game Needs to Come Through Week 9

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Balance is very important to offensive success.

Being one-dimensional makes it too easy for defenses to game plan. Rookie quarterbacks faces challenges each week when trying to adjust. They need solid running back play which takes a lot of pressure off. Geno Smith plays so well at times but looks like what would be expected of a New York Jets first-year quarterback at others. There is a reason to believe that he can be a very good signal caller once he learns overages completely.

I think he is coming along. It would be nice for him to get more help from his backs every game. Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory are good, but last week saw them struggle in running effectively. Ivory’s running style consists of running between tackles. He has strength needed for these runs, and there can be big time plays made from him as long as he gets an opportunity. Plenty of flashes Week 7 demonstrated that he has potential to be a special weapon.

Powell’s speed offers change of pace. After such a hot start, he has cooled off somewhat. The New Orleans Saints’ defense is improved, and there is importance on running. When defensive backs come up, then Smith can go over the top. It appears that the Jets will go as far as Smith can take them. This upset could springboard this team going forward.

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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