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Matt Forte delighted fantasy owners by ending up with a 100-yard, three touchdown statline, but he had to work hard to get there. Forte carried the ball 30 times and had gone in at half-time averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. Ironically, while he did most of his damage in the second half with some nice runs, I was, in a way, more encouraged by the first half performance. He is starting to impress me with his ability to find a couple of yards here and there where another back would probably have been cut down for a loss.
Thirty-one yards on 14 carries might not seem like much, but we've seen the likes of Chris Ivory with the kind of 12 yards on 14 carries statline that persuades the offensive coordinator to abandon the running game. With the success the Jets had in the second half, that clearly would have been a mistake. By putting the Jets into manageable 2nd-and-8 situations instead of 2nd-and-11 and then 3rd-and-5 instead of 3rd-and-12, this was valuable in terms of giving the playcallers more options.
After the struggles in the red zone last week, it was encouraging to see him punch three in, although it again leads to feelings of regret when it comes to the Jets decision not to try more of that last week.
It was strange to see Bilal Powell featured so little, especially when we were contemplating more of a shared workload in view of the short week. Powell didn't carry the ball at all and had two touches -- one that saw him pick up a short yardage conversion on a toss sweep. Powell also dropped one on an attempted shovel pass that didn't look like it was going to work anyway.
Forté was also not featured much in the passing game, with just nine yards on two catches, although he did contribute well in pass protection. This is presumably because the Bills were anticipating him being used heavily based on last week's gameplan, enabling the Jets to have success elsewhere instead.
Julian Howsare saw action on two short yardage reps this week and Troymaine Pope was inactive again.