New York Jets Week 16: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) celebrates his touchdown run during the second half of their game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) celebrates his touchdown run during the second half of their game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

3) Running game and the offensive line - Not including an 11 yard loss on a reverse and the final kneel down the Jets rushed for 220 yards. Chris Ivory ran 20 times for 109 yards including a beautiful 29 yard cutback run in the 3rd quarter. He has become the feature back that John Idzik envisioned when he traded for him in the offseason. Bilal Powell had seven carries for 54 yards including a 39 yard run late in the 1st half that allowed the Jets to drive for the tying field goal in the closing seconds of the half. Geno Smith had nine carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. He has learned when to scramble and when to stick in the pocket. He also does a good job hiding the ball on the read option and makes good decisions. The offensive line was excellent allowing no sacks and owning the line of scrimmage to the tune of 220 yards rushing. Other than a Brian Winters holding penalty that nullified a 20 yard Chris Ivory run it was a completely clean game for the line. A marked improvement over weeks passed.

4) Dee Milliner continues his growth - Dee Milliner was matched up on Josh Gordon for every play of the game. Gordon was held to six catches for 97 yards. Gordon was thrown at 16 times and Milliner had 6 pass breakups and an interception during that time. Gordon’s streak of games with a touchdown was snapped and he did not dominate the game. I have a feeling that Milliner will matchup with Mike Wallace next week in Miami. It was a team effort by the secondary that held Campbell to 18/29 passing for 178 yards. No other receiver had more than 26 yards. Antonio Allen got the start for Ed Reed and played all of the base defense. When Reed was in he was effective helping Milliner on Gordon, getting a pass breakup in the end zone and ending the game with an interception.

5) Calvin Pace gets his 10th sack - Calvin Pace has been a marvelous pass rusher since swallowing his pride and coming back to the team on a veteran’s minimum contract after being released by the team. Instead of getting bitter he rededicated himself to his craft and has maximized the one on one coverage he now sees with teams focusing on Wilkerson, Coples and Richardson. It is a tremendous redemption story for a player that was much maligned last year for his slow speed and lack of productivity. Douzable had a full sack and Wilkerson and Coples shared a sack Sunday as well.

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