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Posted 20 Dec 2015Studs:
Defense - a bend, but don't break type display. It wasn't the most polished performance from the defense, and yardage-wise it was one of the worst performances this season. However they made important plays at crucial points in the game, none more so than when Calvin Pryor picked off Moore with Dallas threatening deep in the redzone. To give up that many yards to a team and still only give up 16 points was impressive (admittedly it did help that the Cowboys used both Matt Cassell and Kellen Moore at QB...)
Powell - continued his great run in recent games. His TD was an authoritative run, while he delivered again in the passing game
Fitzpatrick - the INT aside, he again made the throws when they were most needed, and he made some good plays with his legs to avoid Dallas' relentless pressure
Decker, Marshall and Enunwa - our top two receivers can be expected to deliver every week. Enunwa stepped up massively yesterday though.
OLine - Fitzpatrick was under pressure throughout the game, and the run blocking wasn't particularly special either. In recent games, the offense has been terrible in short yardage situations, which shouldn't be the case when you having a bruising back like Ivory. Winters and Giacomini also got called for too many penalties, with one on Winters in the first half negating a big pass play to Enunwa that would, at a minimum, have flipped field position.
Ivory - struggled again, as did Ridley in the few carries he got.
Special teams - Bullock had his two misses, Quigley had one awful punt that gifted Dallas great field position (luckily Cassell ended up throwing a pick to Revis after it)
If we repeat that performance in our final two games, I'm concerned as to whether we'll be able to get the wins necessary to ensure of a playoff spot.
The first half in particular was worrying. To have forced two turnovers and had three redzone trips and then come away with just 9 points and be behind was not good.
Dumb mistakes cost us. Call me conservative, but I don't think the decision to go for it on 4th and 1 inside the Dallas 10 was the right one that early in the game.
Then the defense made things to easy for the Cowboys on their TD drive, with the penalty on Pace - harsh though it was - and Cromartie's whiff on Butler on the left sideline.
To compound things further, there was the procedure penalty on Douzable which led to the re-kick which Bullock missed.
At least second half we were better and only penalised once.
Posted 7 Dec 2015Studs:
Defensively we were solid again, except for the blown coverage on the Beckham TD and lengthy Will Tye catch. It was frustrating as well on the Giants' long drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters even if it did end in their failed 4th and 2 attempt. Miles was offside on a punt, which gave the Giants a first down before a PI call on Walls on 3rd and 20 granted them another first down. Fortunately in the end we had that great goalline stand.
Special teams - surely Bobby April Jr. has to go? The punt return TD was bad enough, but the return we allowed after kicking the field goal in overtime put the Giants in great field position that they failed to take advantage of.
It wasn't the best afternoon for Buster Skrine either.
Posted 1 Dec 2015Bit harsh to label Cro a dud - I thought he played well until giving up that late TD in garbage time.
The only concern really was the inability for Ivory to get going. That great run masked a mediocre performance. I think the recent struggles in the running game are more down to pass blocking though. Early on there were a couple of 3rd and short (as well as the 4th and 1 play) when we were denied by the Fins.
Also, it took time for the offense to fire up in the first half. Fortunately the defence were giving Miami nothing at that point and as soon as we took a two touchdown lead the game was more or less over.
Overall though it was a great, dominant win.
Posted 10 Nov 2015STUDS
Everything else we did on Sunday . We tried to give away the game but Jacksonville wouldn't take it .
It was definitely a weird performance.
Defensively I thought we were solid against the run. But against the pass we were poor. I think teams have picked up on the Patriots game where they rarely ran against us and instead went with a heavy dosage of passes. Jacksonville did the same, running only 14 times with Yeldon, and were relatively successful, Bortles' key mistakes apart. We may have recorded six sacks, but again I wouldn't say the pass rush was effectively.
Offensively we were sub standard as well. The OLine couldn't hold up at the point of attack, which meant Ivory was pretty much a non factor, except when on the goalline. Fitzpatrick did what he had to though, while I thought Decker was superb. Overall though, the offense failed to capitalise on the turnovers the defence forced and some good kick and punt returns. Case in point was in the second quarter following Kerley's punt return into Jags' territory. However, two false start penalties from Decker and Marshall killed that drive before it began.
Pleased with the win, but we got lucky with this one. Play like that against Buffalo on Thursday and I think we'll be punished.
Posted 4 Oct 2015Studs:
Ivory - he's an awesome player to watch, bouncing off would be tacklers and never shying from contact. He must have had almost 100 yards after contact this afternoon!
The whole defence - they were helped by Miami's offense, other than Jarvis Landry, being absolute garbage, but the D was lights out on 3rd and 4th down, especially so for the Miami drive that finished with Revis' pick in the end zone. I was especially impressed by Buster Skrine, who forced errant throws from Tannehill on three successive throws before the half. The drive that led to Miami's opening TD was disappointing with the PI penalties against Revis and Gilchrist gifting the Dolphins a chunk of yardage, but they were bad calls from the refs.
Punt coverage team - twice failed to stop Landry from pulling off lengthy returns in the final quarter, which afforded the Dolphins great field position and helped ensure the game was closer than it should have been at the end. Folk's miss helped keep Miami notionally in the game too.
On Fitzpatrick, as JSOTF says, he used his legs well to help keep a couple of drives going and pick up some crucial yardage. I wouldn't put him as either a stud or dud as he did enough today. He was great throwing the ball on the opening drive and that which led to the Decker score prior to half time. But otherwise he was worryingly inconsistent. A throw on a hook route that was way behind Devin Smith and a throw that he attempted to force through triple coverage to Quincy Enunwa were bad plays that particularly stood out.
All in all, very happy with the result and ecstatic to be able to say I've seen the Jets win in person :D
Also pleasantly surprised at the number of Jets fans who were at Wembley today, which helped make sure the J-E-T-S chants were heard.
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