With Bilal Powell out, the Jets were clearly missing that added dimension that Powell had given the team over the past month. It seemed like Chris Ivory wasn't 100% either, as he didn't start and ended up carrying the ball just six times. Whether that was because he was banged up or just because the Jets had fallen behind is unclear. Ivory did burst for a season-long 58 yard gain on one of his early carries, only for the Jets to only get seven more offensive snaps in the remaining 12-plus minutes of the first half, the first six of which saw them throw it.
Ivory ended up with 81 yards on his six carries and was getting worked on for an apparent shoulder injury late in the game. He did gain one other first down on a short yardage conversion.
Stevan Ridley got the start for Ivory and gained 29 yards on nine carries, 22 of them coming on two plays which saw him break a couple of tackles for 13 and then cut and hurdle for nine.
Powell would have been extremely useful as a dump-off option when the team was trailing and trying to get upfield against a Bills defense that was dropping back. Ivory had no catches and Ridley's two catches netted zero yards.
Fullback Tommy Bohanon once again wasn't a big part of the offense. His man got off his block to make the stop a couple of times, once in the backfield.
The Jets face difficult decisions at the running back position during the offseason because, right now, the only running back under contract next year is the injured Zac Stacy.
Powell's importance is obvious - they were 9-2 with him in the line-up this year and 1-4 with him out. As for Ivory, how much of an investment can a team afford to make in him if his durability is going to be an issue as the season progresses? It's obvious he's one of the best running backs in the NFL when healthy, but you can't pay him like one of the league's best backs if he's going to miss time or randomly become completely ineffective at certain points of the season. As for Ridley, he obviously got better over the course of the season, but how do you assess if he's worth bring back?
Next up…Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker both scored again, but they didn't get much help in the passing game this week…