New York Jets Report Card: Week 11
New York Jets & Houston Texans
Fitzpatrick: 19/39, 216 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 5 rushes for 12 yards, 1 TD
Remember: the Texans defense has been incredibly stingy of late, having come into this game without allowing a touchdown in nearly 2+ full games of action. Fitzpatrick has shined late in games this season, but has now failed to lead a successful comeback in back to back games, despite being given the opportunity. Back to back interceptions in the Jets last 2 offensive series sealed the Jets fate. Fitz has battled through an off-hand injury and shown tremendous perseverance in doing so. He’s a gusty runner. But he still struggles with his decision making and we should expect more from a seasoned veteran. It’s not only the picks, it’s the audacity to seek out a receiver in double or even triple coverage when someone else is running free underneath.
Running Backs: C
Ivory: 8/36/0, 1 reception for 9 yards
Powell: 4/22/0, 5 receptions for 67 yards
Ridley: 4/0/0, 1 reception for -5 yards
Ridley has given the Jets nothing (or even less than nothing) in the past 2 games. Ivory is playing banged up still, and it shows. Bilal Powell had his best performance of the season, acting as a tremendous release valve for Fitzpatrick who was feeling pressure consistently from the Texans front 7.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends: C+
The Jets passing game never truly got going, as evidenced by these stat lines. Though Brandon Marshall flashes genius at times, he also disappears for a time in each game. Decker didn’t get going until the 2nd half. The Jets still haven’t found a capable third option. Rookie Devin Smith has been truly disastrous so far this season, and he dropped a potential touchdown catch today.
Offensive Line: D
Without Nick Mangold, the Jets offensive line is in disarray. J.J. Watt made mincemeat out of tackle Breno Giacomini. The line struggled mightily in both pass protection and run blocking.
Defensive Line: D-
One of the poorest outings for the Jets line to date. The big guys up front really struggled to shed blocks and confuse or take advantage of a mediocre QB in TJ Yates.
The Jets surrendered 123 yards on the ground to a team with one of the worst rushing attacks in the league. Missed tackles are a recurring theme.
The secondary was plagued by big plays, including a 61 yard TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins who beat coverage by Revis. Antonio Cromartie was again scorched by his risky style of play. Marcus Williams surrendered a touchdown after filling in when Revis suffered a blow to the head, but subsequently bounced back and played well.
Special Teams: C+
Can anyone explain why punter Ryan Quigley is still on the team? Apart from that, we saw some small but noticeable improvements in the return and coverage games. Antonio Cromartie is a better kick returner than he is a cornerback at this point in his career.
Another game with the same formula: start flat, fail to make halftime adjustments, come on late but fall short. The Jets offense scored 2 touchdowns against a Texans defense that had gone over 2 full games without giving up one, but the Jets defense was easily fooled by a gimmicky Houston offense that utilized the wildcat and a wide receiver pass.