Perhaps benefiting from being fresher heading into the second half, Ivory finally started gaining some yards, first breaking two tackles to turn what should have been a loss into a seven yard gain and then busting through the line with a nice cut, breaking a tackle at the second level and hurdling a defender downfield. By finally getting the running game going, the Jets were able to kill the game off pretty comfortably in the end.
Fullback Tommy Bohanon had one of his least effective games though. In that third quarter, where the Jets finally started to get some traction up front, he whiffed horribly on three blocks in short succession, in each case making the job much harder for the running back on an otherwise well-blocked play.
Bohanon also played a role in Ryan Fitzpatrick's first half interception as he got beaten in pass protection. Although Powell was able to come across and help him out with a double team block, this still might have disrupted Fitzpatrick's throw, although that was still into double coverage and Marshall did still get his hands on it, so perhaps it didn't make much difference to the accuracy of the pass. It might have slowed it down though.
Generally, Powell did well in pass protection as both he and Ivory picked up blitzes well on key first down conversions. He also broke one nice run off the edge and had two first down catches, one of which I knew was coming as soon as I saw the Jets go five wide with him in the slot. They ran that play a lot in preseason with the back running a flat route, but even if you knew it was coming, I'm not sure you could do much to stop it.
One other key contribution Powell made was to knock Vontae Davis out of the game. On that play, they threw a quick pass to Powell and Brandon Marshall just ran past Davis rather than attempting to block him. I don't know what that play was, but it reminded me of that scene in The Longest Yard where they let the pass rusher through and then fired the ball at his groin to take him out of the game.
Ivory actually ended up averaging over four yards per carry despite the fact that four yards was the longest run he had in the first half. He was stuffed five times for a one yard gain and twice for a loss in his first 10 touches, but then broke gains of seven, 19 and 16 on his last five carries. Other than one early third quarter run, where maybe he had the opportunity to cut back to his left and pick up some good yardage but didn't, Ivory really didn't seem to leave any yards on the field, but perhaps his groin injury slowed him down in terms of his ability to turn nothing into something as he is so capable of doing.
While Zac Stacy was activated, it was obviously just for cover as he didn't see any action on offense.
Next up...we know Decker and Marshall made big contributions, but what was going on with the other pass catchers?