The Jets opened up this week with a two-back personnel grouping. Bilal Powell started off out wide on the right side with Chris Ivory initially in the backfield but then motioning out wide to the left as the Jets went empty. On the play, Brandon Marshall lined up in the slot and ran an out pattern and Ryan Fitzpatrick tried (but failed) to hit Powell over the top. He probably should have dumped it to Marshall who would have had an easy six or seven yards and a shot at getting to the marker.
Regardless, the two-back personnel grouping was something they used extensively over the course of the game with fullback Tommy Bohanon hardly getting any reps. This enabled them to exploit Powell's versatility and the fact that he's playing the best football of his career, perhaps benefiting from being fresh due to the time he missed because of injury earlier in the year. Whether lining him up wide or in the slot, or putting him in the backfield to pass protect, this personnel grouping gave the Jets plenty of options.
Whatever their plan was, it wasn't helped by Ivory suffering a first half leg injury. Ivory did return, but looked to have lost a step. Powell did step up in Ivory's absence and the Jets also got a boost from Stevan Ridley, who looked useful for just the second time all season while also seeing time with Powell in two-back sets. It's actually quite impressive that the Jets were able to be competitive with the Patriots twice, despite not having a fully-healthy Ivory in either game. They didn't have Powell or Ridley (or Quincy Enunwa or Kenbrell Thompkins) in the first one, either.