Not a lot of time to reflect on yesterday before we go into preview mode, but before we start it up tomorrow, one more thing to talk about. We learned a lot about the running game for the Jets yesterday.
The Jets run the “Ground and Pound”, well that’s the formal name, but more simply, the Jets have to run it first, and get the passing game going after, as we all know by now. The problem with that for the Jets, is that they don’t have that 25-30 carry per game guy to carry the load. Greene is not it, and the other guys have not shown enough to say they are it either. So, what do the Jets do?
You use them all, that’s what you do. Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight were back healthy yesterday, and the Jets reaped the benefits. Greene topped the list with 18 rushes for 64 yards, giving the Jets an effective power running game. Bilal Powell looked good changing the pace, with 11 carries for 42 yards and 2 TDs, showing great burst through the hole. And finally, the Jets got Joe McKnight out in space, where he could use his speed. They got him 1 pass for 18 yards, as well 4 carries for 14 yards. Those aren’t huge numbers on the ground, but between the three, it gives the defense enough different looks to keep the ground game moving.
This is how the Jets are going to have to continue in order for the running game to be successful. In their case, the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.