After a surprisingly strong start to this season, the New York Jets are starting to fall into where everyone expected them to be. Gang Green suffered a pretty significant blow when running back Chris Ivory went down on Sunday’s first play against the Baltimore Ravens. Offensively nothing happened in the passing game and running became difficult. This is especially painful because quarterback Geno Smith needs something to help get easier drop back chances. Bilal Powell has been good, but the team could not get anything going. Ivory suffered a sprained ankle in the loss, and he is considered questionable for this Sunday’s home game against the Miami Dolphins.
New York’s season basically rests on emerging with a victory. Even if they win the Jets still need help, but 6-6 is much better then 5-7. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg looks to be hiding Smith whose turnovers are quickly sinking his team. Wildcat plays with receiver/returner Josh Cribbs were heavily used last week, and he even threw two passes.
Ivory being hurt takes away one of the Jets’ few players that you actually have to game plan for. Miami is viewed by some as vulnerable, but Jets head coach Rex Ryan needs to find some spark and fast. They rank among football’s best on the ground, but Ivory’s contributions are a big part of that. This week is basically do or die, and being at home does help. If Ivory can’t go Powell better step up. Airing it out is not working and time continues to tick away for an answer.