The New York Jets might have the best record of any team that most NFL fans would readily associate with the word terrible. They came into their matchup with the Cleveland Browns, another team with their share of woes this season, sitting at a pretty respectable 6-8 and with the chance to still finish .500 on the year.
Despite dropping four of their last five games and having one of the league’s least consistent offense, the Jets were able to come out and have success against a sneaky good Browns defense. Sure, rookie quarterback Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes and didn’t turn the ball over, but it was the Jets’ running game that really opened things up.
Bilal Powell and Smith combined for 102 yards and a score on 17 carries on the ground, providing some nice secondary options in the rushing attack. However, it was Chris Ivory who really shined, carrying the ball 20 times for an impressive 109 yards on the day.
Lost in the tomfoolery that has become the Jets, Ivory has had himself a pretty nice year in New York. After starting the season splitting carries with Powell, Ivory established himself as the primary option and has put up good numbers throughout. Carrying the ball 157 times this season, Ivory has averaged 4.5 yards per carry for 705 total yards rushing. He’s found the end-zone only three times, but that hasn’t been by much fault of his own.
It seems blasphemous to think that this Jets team, who has been atrocious so often this season, is still in contention to finish .500. With the win over Cleveland, the Jets now sit at 7-8 and have a matchup with the Miami Dolphins looming in week 17. We’ll see if they can get the running game going again and, improbably, construct a silver lining from this season.