Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) hands off to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets’ Top Ten Moments of 2013: Number Five

Happy weekend everybody. I hope everyone is finding a way to stay warm, those of us in the New York metro area. While we are all trying to stay toasty and warm, let’s continue to look back. Specifically, we are going to continue our review of the top ten moments for the Jets in 2013.

Despite what one of our Twitter followers joked, we were able to come up with ten moments. Most recently, we have talked about the win over the Saints as number six.  For number five, we are going to go back further in 2013, to week three specifically.  What am I talking about?


We talked about this game earlier in the countdown, when we reviewed the Geno Smith to Santonio Holmes game winning touchdown.  Now, I want to take a different look at this game.  We are looking at the running game.

Prior to this one, we all know what Bilal Powell has been.  He was a compliment, an accompanying piece if you will.  Had he ever shown himself to be a number one, bell-cow type of running back?  No.

Well, not until this game.

Chris Ivory started this game very poorly, with three carries for four yards.  So, during the same drive, Marty Mornhinweg decided to give Powell a chance.  He came into the drive, and took his first carry for five yards, and didn’t look back.

During the 27-20 win by the Jets, Bilal Powell carried the ball 27 times for 149 yards.  He also added two receptions for nine yards out of the backfield as well.

So, why does a running back performance make this list?  Well, just like yesterday’s post regarding the Saints’ game, this one showed the potential of the Jets as well.  Everyone expected great things from Chris Ivory, which eventually came as the season progressed.  But, a lethal two-man running attack was not expected at all.

This one showed the potential of an Ivory/Powell two-headed monster.  Mornhinweg likes options, and Powell showed himself as one of those options, so his performance is number five.

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