Right from the get-go against the Dolphins, Chris Ivory looked sharp, bursting for a big first down and finishing the run strong by driving for extra yardage. He followed that up by bouncing outside to turn a potential loss into a short gain.
Things went downhill for him after that, as he was stuffed on two short-yardage plays (although he got an unbelievably favorable spot on one that gave him the first down) as he produced just seven yards on seven carries over the rest of the first half.
The second half was much better, as Ivory racked up 61 yards on 12 carries, although over half of those came on his spectacular 31-yard touchdown run in which he broke five tackles. He picked up two other first downs on outside runs and added 15 yards on two receptions.
Ivory ended up with 87 yards on 21 carries, although he lost eight on his final carry of the game and also had a 20-yard run negated by a hold. With five games to go, Ivory needs 234 yards to reach 1,000 for the first time in his career. He's been on course to reach that mark in each of the past two seasons and fallen short.
In reserve, Bilal Powell made some good contributions, bursting up the middle for 17 yards and running hard on two short yardage conversions. In the passing game, he had a drop and was stopped short of the marker on a short third down pass. In addition, he had the ball knocked away from him over the top on a play where Ryan Fitzpatrick appeared to have had easier options available underneath.
The most interesting thing the Jets did with Powell was line him up off the tackle's shoulder as an effective tight end a couple of times. On one of these plays, they ran behind him and he got blown up and called for holding as the run was stuffed for a loss. Powell is a good blocker as far as halfbacks go, but I don't know how realistic it is to expect him to handle those situations.
As for Stevan Ridley, he has now carried the ball nine times this year and gained zero yards. That's before taking into account the five-yard loss he had on his only reception.
At fullback, Tommy Bohanon was again a big part of the gameplan, as was the case in London. The Jets often lined him up out wide and then motioned him into the backfield. Bohanon dropped a pass, but it looked like he would be stuffed for a loss on the play anyway. As a blocker, Bohanon got blown up a few times and didn't have much success sustaining blocks, but did make a couple of good run blocks.
Next up…a monster game from Brandon Marshall, but perhaps more excitingly rookie Devin Smith emerges for the first time…