The New York Jets have been struggling mightily over the past two weeks after they upset the New Orleans Saints in week 11. Their defense has remained solid and not hurt their chances, but Geno Smith going from potential NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year to deservedly being benched and having single-digit QBRs has definitely hurt their cause.
While the rookie quarterback has been having his troubles, though, running back and offseason acquisition Chris Ivory has been running rampant against opponents. Against the Saints, Ivory got 18 carries and took them for 139 yards and a score. He followed that up with 15 carries, 98 yards and another touchdown the following week.
Coming into this past week against the Baltimore Ravens, it seemed that Ivory had earned the bulk of the load in the running game after splitting time with Bilal Powell for the majority of the season to that point. However, his role as the featured back in the Jets’ offense was short lived.
Ivory suffered an ankle injury on his first carry against Baltimore and that limited his workload and effectiveness in the contest. He accrued just 35 yards on only nine carries in the game. After the game, he offered comments about the injury that were far from optimistic. He was asked by the New York Daily News whether it was a high or low ankle sprain and the running back said that it was both and that he will need an MRI on the injured ankle.
Considering Geno’s troubles as of late, the running game is a vital part to the Jets having any kind of success right now. However, if Ivory is limited or unable to go in the coming weeks, that’s going to put their rushing attack at a major detriment. Reading between the lines, that likely means more struggles for Geno and more struggles for this Jets team as a whole.
(For more on the Ivory injury and its effects, check on Nick Mamary’s piece from Tuesday.)