Chris Ivory got his game going last night, which was great to see. We saw him running downhill, and he began to look like the guy we wanted to see coming over from New Orleans, running the ball 12 times for 52 yards to lead all running backs on the night. Bilal Powell added 13 carries for 48 yards and one touchdown. As a whole, the Jets recorded more than two times the rushing yards of New England, 129 to 54. It is a great sign moving forward if Ivory and the running game are starting to roll.
Did anyone notice that we didn’t hear Vince Wilfork’s name often last night? Amazingly enough, the reason behind that was Vladimir Ducasse. I have been as big of a critic of Vlad’s as all of you have been, but we have to give credit where credit is due. Vlad took Vince out of plays, often in one-on-one matchups. Great job out of Vlad, improvement is always good.
Aside for a couple of blown coverages, you have to take your hat off to the defense as a whole. They fought the entire night, and continued to give the ball back to the offense with the chance to tie or take the lead. The offense just couldn’t capitalize. Any time, I don’t care about the weather, that you hold the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots to 13 points, you must win that football game.
By the way, good job out of Rex for benching the young Dee Milliner. He is right, as he said in the press conference, sometimes it is helpful to watch. He will get better, but right now he is getting beaten badly and needs to not play as many snaps. Let him alternate with Kyle for a while.
Just as an aside, bad move to lose their cool by D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Willie Colon. Yes, there should have been penalties against New England during the fight as well, but there are no excuses for losing your cool like that, and throwing a punch or touching an official. We can only hope they aren’t suspended for next week’s game against Buffalo.
Fact is this, we are going to endure games like this with a rookie quarterback. Miracles cannot be expected, growing pains are the norm. Geno Smith will have great moments this year, and he will get better. But, he will have bad moments, and three interceptions in the fourth quarter will be up there among the worst.
But, that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach a game against the Patriots that we could have won. Well, onward to next week, where we bring our 1-1 record home to face the Buffalo Bills next week.