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Let's break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball from the Jets' 20-6 win over the Dolphins in Week 3:
Josh McCown had an excellent game for the second straight week, highlighted by his long touchdown pass to Robby Anderson which he put on him perfectly so he didn't need to break stride.
Overall, he made good decisions and got rid of the ball decisively. His accuracy wasn't perfect, but his receivers helped him out by making three diving catches, and he only missed a few throws.
It still wasn't flawless from McCown, who was called for a false start penalty and was almost intercepted when his throw was behind and off the hands of his intended target. He also had two more fumbles -- one on a low snap and the other in the pocket -- but he recovered both of them himself, showing great hustle and awareness on the latter.
Overall, though, McCown is providing the Jets with more consistent play from the position than Jets fans expected or are used to.
The running game was just about good enough to enable the Jets to control time of possession on Sunday, although they still only averaged three yards per carry.
Matt Forté got the start this week and set up the second touchdown with a 12 yard burst over the left side. His other seven carries generated less than two yards per carry, though, although he had one short-yardage conversion.
Rookie Elijah McGuire looked sharp for the second week in a row, gaining 34 yards on seven carries. However, he allowed Byron Maxwell to punch the ball loose on his final touch of the day for the Jets' only turnover. His best run saw him make a nice spin move at the second level.
Bilal Powell led the team in carries and yards but only averaged 2.5 yards per carry this week. However, he scored a touchdown and also had an impressive 52-yard run chalked off due to a dubious penalty flag.
Interestingly, none of the running backs were targeted at all in the passing game this week, although defensive lineman-turned-fullback Lawrence Thomas was, almost breaking free for a touchdown after a catch in the flat. The introduction of Thomas into the offensive backfield was a complete surprise, although he did play fullback for a year while in college. He provided some powerful lead blocking that was integral to the running attack.
Robby Anderson came up big this week, breaking the game open by going deep for a 69-yard touchdown. He had one other nice first down catch and would have had his first career 100-yard day had another catch not been negated by a Jermaine Kearse illegal pick. Anderson had two other targets that he perhaps should have caught, though.
Kearse had three catches this week, including a tough diving grab and one other first down. He also contributed a good run-block and drew a flag. Fellow veteran Jeremy Kerley added five catches, including another spectacular diving catch and one other first down. McCown was 8-for-8 when targeting Kearse and Kerley.
Despite Kearse and Kerley's efforts, the catch of the day went to ArDarius Stewart on a diving, sprawling, one-handed effort down the seam. Stewart only played five snaps, though, and fellow rookie Chad Hansen was inactive. While he saw more playing time, Charone Peake wasn't targeted and got hurt late.
At tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins made his long-awaited return and had an immediate impact with five catches, including one for a first down, and some good blocking. Will Tye and Neal Sterling saw action off the bench but neither had a reception. Sterling was targeted once but it was behind him and off his hands.
The offensive line was overmatched upfront but blocked well enough as a unit to enable the Jets' offense to function efficiently.
With Brian Winters out, there was a lot of attention on Dakota Dozier, who was matched up primarily against Ndamukong Suh. The Jets gave him plenty of double team help from Wesley Johnson at center and Brandon Shell at right tackle. Shell also ended up on Suh quite often when they blocked down.
All three had their struggles at the point of attack, and Dozier and Shell also each gave up a sack. Shell struggled to prevent pressure off the edge in his match-up with Cameron Wake, while Johnson was called for a controversial holding penalty that negated a huge run. That may have affected the rest of his performance, which saw a handful of plays where his man got off his block to stuff a run.
On the left side of the line, Kelvin Beachum did well in pass protection, although he continues to get rocked back off his spot against speed-to-power moves on the edge. He had some good run blocks, but there was a play blown up in the backfield where he whiffed on his block.
At left guard, James Carpenter didn't have his best game. He had holding penalties on consecutive plays and also got driven into the backfield by Suh on two rare plays where he lined up on the right. The Jets continue to use Brent Qvale as a sixth lineman. He was called for a hold and stood up at the line a couple of times though.