Jets running backs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire both put together great performances in the Jets' overtime win on Sunday.
The Jets ran for a combined 256 yards on eight yards per carry as they took advantage of the Jaguars' run defense, which is ranked 28th in the NFL this season. Head coach Todd Bowles loved what he saw on the ground.
"Both those guys did a great job popping through and running the football," Bowles told Jets.com's Eric Allen. "It's a tough defense to run against. We needed every big play they got. Those guys did a heck of a job."
With Matt Forte out with an injury, Powell was set to receive an increased workload. He entered the game averaging just 2.6 yards per carry, but he would change that stat with a career-high 163 yards, including a career and franchise long 75-yard touchdown.
The touchdown run came after Powell hurdled a defender and fell to the ground. However, refs didn't blow a whistle saying Powell was touched as he jumped up and ran to the house. The score knotted the game up at seven apiece.
"It was a good drawn up play and I just saw the guy going for my legs and just jumped," Powell said. "I didn't feel anyone touch me and I didn't hear a whistle. That's something we practice throughout training camp -- effort, finishing. That showed today."
The rookie McGuire entered the game leading the Jets in yards per carry, and would add to that total with 93 yards on just 10 touches. He also notched his first career touchdown as he burst out a 69-yard touchdown to give the Jets the lead in the second half.
"It was an outside zone and the offensive linemen did a great job of getting on their blocks," McGuire said. "They mad a crease for me. I saw the hole and I hit it. I made one defender miss and I took it to the house."
McGuire is now averaging 6.8 yards per carry on 23 touches this season.
The Jets now have a two-game win streak, and Powell attributes Sunday's victory to a total team effort.
"That was a complete team effort," he said. "We had been talking about all week just putting it together and everybody playing together as one. You saw the results of it today."
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With Matt Forté out, the Jets needed Bilal Powell to step up and he did immediately, with a 75-yard touchdown run on his first carry. That was something of a freak play as Powell fell to the turf at the second level but got back to his feet and raced past a secondary that had stopped playing as he was ruled to have been untouched. However, even without that stroke of fortune, it was a big game for Powell, who racked up 190 total yards >> Read more on the Jets' offense in Bent's Game Analysis.