WAS-NYJ Grades: Chris Ivory still rolling
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Jets’ 34-20 win over Washington:
– With Washington unable to get any rushing attack going, the game was put on the shoulders of Kirk Cousins (-6.8). Cousins struggled all game to throw the ball over 10 yards, going 3-for-12 for 46 yards and an interception, finishing with a -3.0 grade on those passes.
– First-round pick Brandon Scherff (-3.5) struggled against the strong defensive line of the Jets. In particular, Scherff struggled in pass protection, giving up seven total pressures, often finding himself on skates, especially against Sheldon Richardson (+1.6, +3.8 pass rush), who managed to consistently get under Scherff’s pads to drive him back into Cousins (-6.8)
– Second-year CB Bashaud Breeland (+2.8) had an interesting game. While Breeland gave up two touchdowns and 58 yards, he had two very good plays. In the second quarter, Breeland managed to rip the ball from WR Brandon Marshall’s hands before he went to ground, and then off of a tipped pass (where he was in perfect coverage), he was able to dive for the ball to intercept Fitzpatrick.
P Tress Way (+2.9)
CB Bashaud Breeland (+2.1)
OLB Trent Murphy (+1.9)
DE Chris Baker (+1.9)
K Dustin Hopkins (+1.0)
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– Ryan Fitzpatrick (0.0) was able to produce a solid effort. The QB’s average of just 2.24 seconds per attempt was efficient in keeping the chains moving, which was helped when he was able to convert a first down by scrambling and then producing a nice touchdown run on another scramble. Considering how beat-up the Washington cornerbacks have been, and having the second and third-worst graded safeties this season, it was a surprise to see the Jets not attempt a single pass over 20 yards and only seven passes over 10 yards.
– First round pick Leonard Williams (+3.9) has adapted well to the NFL in his rookie campaign. Against Washington, Williams was able to record five total pressures with three QB hits and two hurries. While Williams was unable to produce any tackles or box score noteworthy stats, he caused Washington issues all game long, as he used his strength and leverage to help hold the run game to just 2 yards per carry.
– The past two weeks, Chris Ivory (RB +2.5) has been on fine form, running for a combined 306 yards. Out of Ivory’s 146 yards this week, only seven of those came on the left side of the line; this was due to 104 yards coming off of three runs. While Ivory only broke three tackles this week, he was able to make something out of nothing quite a few times, as the Washington defense was able to get into the backfield on numerous occasions.
CB Marcus Gilchrist (+4.0)
DE Leonard Williams (+3.9)
NT Damon Harrison (+3.6)
CB Darrelle Revis (+2.6)
WR Brandon Marshall (+2.6)