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Commitment to the run will bring continued success for Jets

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets have a better chance at winning football games if they continue to commit to their ground game. It’s something that should be done from here on out for continued success.

It’s hard to believe it took the New York Jets this long to figure out one of the core fundamentals of playing professional football. Running the football in a balanced offensive system opens up everything else, especially the passing game. The Jets were able to bounce back after an abysmal first half against the Cleveland Browns straight to victory.

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Now the Jets have a two-game winning streak that couldn’t have come at a better time. It was scary since, throughout many parts of Sunday’s game, the Jets did everything they could to have the Browns earn their first win of the season. Luckily for Gang Green, they stuck to their two-headed beast at running back to take care of business.

Running backs Matt Forte and Bilal Powell set a franchise record with their efforts on Sunday. They’re the first tandem at running back to rush for 75-or-more yards since 2012 (Shonne Green/Powell).

Together, they were able to win the time of possession battle and ensure they set the tempo of the game from the second half on. The dynamic duo at running back combined for 158 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 31 carries.

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It’s no secret that the Jets have major issues at quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick did just enough to most likely keep his starting quarterback position safe for now. But without the necessary arm strength to make the most out of the Jets’ offense, it’s imperative they commit to the run. From now until the end of the season, it makes the most sense considering how good Forte and Powell can be.

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Overall, the Jets are built to run the football and need to stop having Fitzpatrick pass for so much in critical games that must be won. The Jets would be wise to simplify their offensive game plan and have it literally be 60% of creative plays designed around the run.

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