Dalvin Cook/Breece Hall, RB, NY Jets
I'm grouping these guys together because of the lack of individual opportunities, but it was a really poor performance for the running back room. Collectively, the Jets ran 16 times for 64 yards. Zach Wilson had five carries for 36 yards, Ashtyn Davis picked up four yards on a fake punt, and everyone else had 10 carries for 24 yards.
Individually, Hall ran four times for nine yards, and Cook ran four times for seven yards, including a crucial fumble that turned the tide on the game, putting the Jets in a terrible position.
When Cook fumbled, it was still only 21-10 with seven minutes left in the third quarter. Wilson was still playing well at quarterback, and the Jets weren't far removed from a touchdown drive and last minute of the half-field goal drive.
Neither running back was able to find any running room whatsoever, and although that is equally on the offensive line, Hall's elusiveness from the Bills game was gone, and Cook looked old and hopeless.
The Dalvin Cook signing looks terrible at the moment. Without Rodgers, it's almost as if Cook has quit on the season, realizing the Jets won't win a Super Bowl anymore. This is a guy who has run for over 1,000 yards each of the last five seasons, and so far, on 16 carries, he has amassed 40 yards.
Part of the lack of production was due to the score and game flow. The Jets didn't have many first-half plays and were trailing by double digits the entire second half, but if they are going to win games, these two must be better.
Going into this one, I mentioned that Cook and Hall should both have big games, as the Dallas Cowboys have a poor run defense. Teams ran for over 120 yards per game last year against the Cowboys, and the Giants, despite losing 40-0 last week, ran for over 100 yards as well.
The fact that neither Cook nor Hall could get anything going whatsoever is probably the biggest takeaway from this game for me, and one that must be fixed quickly if the Jets want to have a shot at the playoffs this year.