Bringing the Pain
Chris Ivory was a beast among Englishmen Sunday against the Dolphins, giving Londoners a classroom lesson in American style Smash Mouth football.
Back from a Week Three setback, Chris Ivory was patient, waited for the line to create daylight, then hit the holes and ran with power beyond the box. He initiated contact and brought the pain, rushing 29 times for 166 punishing yards.
The Jets work between the tackles was particularly effective. Just an overall impressive effort to behold.
Bilal Powell didn't even rush once due to a barking groin. In fact, Bilal factored in one play all day, a reception for 12 yards way back during the Jets second possession of the game.
The Jets dominated the clock with Chris Ivory back in the fold, in turn allowing Ryan Fitzpatrick to slide back into his game manager role. Fitzpatrick was hardly impressive, but good enough. He matched Ivory's effort with 29 attempts, completing 16 passes for 218 yards, and even smartly scrambled 9 times for 34 yards.
Meanwhile, the Jets held the ball for 37:23 and generated 425 yards of total offense. Ndamukong Suh was a non-factor with just three tackles all game.
Fitzpatrick connected on a touchdown to Eric Decker, while Brandon Marshall demoralized Miami's secondary with 7 catches for 128 yards with a long of 58 yards on the Jets first play from scrimmage.
He did, however, throw another interception, bringing his total to 6 in only 4 games played. Ryan also extended his streak of throwing at least a pick a game. He only threw 8 INTs in 12 games last season with the Houston Texans.
On this day, however, Chris Ivory and the defense more than covered their QB's shortcomings.
The Jets sacked Ryan Tannehill 3 times, and caused him to fumble once. Muhammad Wilkerson got two sacks, and David Harris got the other. The Jets roughed him up another 9 times and 12 times overall. Derrelle Revis and Marcus Williams each picked off Tannehill.
The defense limited the Dolphins to just 226 yards of total offense, and completely took away the run. Miami rushed a mere 10 times for 55 yards.
Todd Bowles now has his team at 3-1, and get the next week off to heal some lingering wounds.
On a day the Bills laid dung against the Giants, it's the Jets who've touched down at the Patriots doorstep.