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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.
Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:
McCown continues to put up consistently good numbers as he has now posted a quarterback rating of over 100 in five of the last six games, and eight of 12 overall. While he only had one touchdown pass yesterday, McCown more than made up for that on the ground as he scrambled for two first downs and picked up two touchdowns as well as a fourth down conversion on quarterback sneaks.
This was an efficient performance by McCown, who didn't miss many throws or have any batted at the line, and he was never close to turning the ball over. He made particularly good use of quick slant routes over the middle. Other than two plays where he wasn't on the same page with his receiver and one where he allowed the play clock to expire, it was difficult to find anything to criticize from McCown, who also wasn't sacked.
The Jets did a terrific job of extending drives with third down conversions, which meant they dominated time of possession and gave them plenty of chances to establish a run game. They barely averaged three yards per carry, but this was enough for them to rack up 157 yards on 49 attempts.
Although he only picked up 50 yards on 20 touches, Bilal Powell had a season-high 18 carries, which means the Jets are now 7-0 in Powell's career when he carries the ball more than 16 times. He contributed a short touchdown and a couple of first down runs.
Matt Forte was more effective than Powell with 91 yards on 18 touches, including a touchdown catch. He also picked up 21 on a third down dump-off pass, which saw him break a Darrelle Revis tackle down the field.
Elijah McGuire had three of his five runs stuffed in the backfield but, on the other two, he busted for a 19-yard run and almost had a touchdown until the replay booth once again intervened. He added the two-point conversion after McCown's go-ahead touchdown.
Lawrence Thomas made some good blocks this week from the fullback spot, burying his man on Powell's touchdown run, although he still allowed a few runs to be blown up.
Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse led the passing attack as each of them had 100-yard games for the second week in a row. That's something no duo of Jets receivers has achieved since the AFL-NFL merger, which is surprising because the Jets have had some excellent wide receiver pairings.
Kearse had the bigger game this week, setting up the winning score on a 51-yard catch-and-run. He also dazzled with a diving one-hander, and gained another 44 on a deep ball. Not only did he rack up 157 yards on nine catches, but - for the second straight game - Kearse also drew three flags to give the Jets a first down. Anderson's best catch saw him make an over-the-shoulder grab down the sideline.
Rookies Chad Hansen and ArDarius Stewart saw more time this week with Hansen coming up with two clutch third down conversions in the second half. Stewart carried the ball three times without much success and had a shaky game as a blocker.
None of the tight ends produced much in the passing game this week as Austin Seferian-Jenkins had the only two catches for seven yards. However, he made some good contributions as a blocker. Eric Tomlinson and Neal Sterling also made some blocking contributions.
With 157 yards on the ground and no sacks allowed, this was arguably one of the better games of the year for the offensive line, although there will still plenty of mistakes.
In pass protection, the Jets did a good job of protecting McCown on most of the passes he completed, including several third downs. However, they allowed quite a lot of interior pressure and Kelvin Beachum was beaten off the edge a few times. Officially, McCown was hit five times. Also, center Wesley Johnson was called for a hold and Beachum had a false start.
Nevertheless, this was an improvement on recent weeks, fueled by some well-blocked running plays. Brandon Shell did a good job of driving his man off the line, and guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter each made some good blocks on the move.
However, there were also a lot of runs blown up. Not including the kneel-downs at the end of the game, the Jets had nine plays that went for a loss and another five that were stopped for no gain. Shell missed his block at the point of attack on two run stuffs and the rest of the line allowed penetration at times.
Finally, Brent Qvale saw plenty of work as a sixth lineman and had mixed results in the running game.