The New York Jets struck early and often Sunday, defeating the Tennessee Titans 30-8. The grades are in, and the results are rather impressive.
Fitzmagic strikes again! Ryan Fitzpatrick was on fire going into the game against Tennessee having 667 yards and six touchdowns in the previous two contests. He kept up the momentum this week. Fitz finished the game 21-36 with 263 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Fitz is on pace to shatter Vinnie Testaverde’s club record of 29 touchdown passes in a season. Fitz currently now has 25 touchdowns on the season, and Testaverde’s record for touchdown passes wits at 29. His streak of games is not quite as impressive as Russell Wilson’s, but you will not hear anyone complaining. Grade: A
The Jets had the ground game going for them on Sunday. Chris Ivory served well into his primary back role receiving 22 carries and breaking 100 yards for the third time this season. He now has 914 yards on the season, a career best. Bilal Powell was outstanding in the complementary role. Powell had five catches for 46 yards, which included a beautiful 16 yard catch and run touchdown. The running backs combined for 170 yards on the ground against a defense that averages 111.5 yards on the ground. The running backs were a huge part of winning the time of possession battle 35:56 to 24:04. Grade A-
The NFL’s top duo was at it again this Sunday. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker combined for 13 catches for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns. The duo now leads the league in yards with 2,062 yards and is tied for the league lead in touchdowns with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns of the Jaguars with 20. For Marshall, his 125 yards was his third straight game breaking the century mark. Decker had 95 yards in this game, which leaves him 125 yards short of breaking 1000 for the season. It would be the first time two receivers on the Jets broke 1,000 yards on the season since Keyshawn Johnson and Wayne Chrebet did it in 1998. Grade: A
Trying to run against the Jets is like trying to get people to agree in politics; it just can’t be done. The defense held the Titans to a measly 24 yards on 13 carries. This stat is even more impressive with the speed that Marcus Mariota possesses. Again, the defense did not allow a run of 10 yards or more, and lowered their league leading rushing yards given up per game to 78.9 yards per game. Grade: A+
The New York Jets received a huge boost when Darrelle Revis returned to the defensive backfield this Sunday. They responded early in a big way. The pass defense was dominant in the first half of the game, as Marcus Mariota had only 76 yards through the air at half time. The second half they seemed to back off a little bit playing with a large lead, and the only blemish against them came on a trick play when Antonio Andrews lined up behind center and hit a wide open Marcus Mariota for a 41 yard touchdown. Grade: B-
The special teams’ coverage has been a real issue for the past few weeks, but played much better this week. The Titans spent much of the afternoon deep in their own territory. Randy Bullock went 2 for 3 in field goal tries, missing a 53 yard attempt wide left. The story with special teams unfortunately is the injuries. Punt returner Jeremy Kerley left with an injured calf, and rookie Devin Smith saw his season end when he tore his ACL. Grade: B