Chris Ivory has come on the last couple of weeks giving the New York Jets balance in the run game. He has taken pressure off of quarterback Geno Smith. In the Jets’ Week 9 victory against the New Orleans Saints, Smith only completed eight passes, but it was enough, as Ivory crossed the 100 yard rushing mark for his second consecutive game. Power and speed give Ivory an advantage over would be tacklers.
Their AFC Rival Buffalo Bills play decently against the run. Marcell Dareus clogs up the middle because of sheer mass, and Mario Williams can also come up in run support. Given the matchup, it would make sense for skepticism that success can continue.
Bilal Powell’s great start has kind of slowed down lately, however, he has ability to take off at any moment. He appears on the verge of smashing his career-high in rush yards in one single season. Alex Green can do a decent job at No.3. back, but I wouldn’t count on him if he had to be the No. 1 option in case of injury. Head coach Rex Ryan still likes to run even though his “Ground and Pound” philosophy was replaced by a more pass friendly approach. This sets up Smith with easier options like play action or by rolling out of the pocket. He brings mobility, which makes draws effective and could even bring in some read-option. Against perceived obstacles, I look for Ivory and Powell to perform.