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Week 13 Game Recap: New York Jets 23, New York Giants 20


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New York Jets

The New York Jets delivered their biggest win under Todd Bowles, rallying from a 10-point, 4th quarter deficit to sneak away with a 23-20 overtime victory. By virtue of their win, the Jets snap a five-game losing streak to the Giants and cement their status as a Wildcard contender in the AFC. The Jets were resilient on both sides on the ball while taking advantage of some questionable decisions made by Tom Coughlin. The Jets’ offense was stagnant for nearly three quarters, but Coughlin’s decision to ‘go-for-it’ on 4th-and-Goal from the Jets’ 2-yard line swung momentum in the Jets’ favor. The Giants were holding a 10-point lead, so it was a very questionable decision by Coughlin. Regardless, Coughlin’s decision gave the Jets an opening---and Fitzpatrick and Marshall ran through it. Fitzpatrick and Marshall connected for a 9-yard scoring strike with just 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. This scoring play knotted the score at 20. In overtime, the Jets pushed the ball downfield, but settled for a field goal by new kicker, Randy Bullock. Giants’ kicker, Josh Brown, missed his game-tying kick in overtime, handing the Jets the victory. Overall, it was a very emotional game and tempers ran high at times, but the duo of Fitzpatrick-Marshall, not Manning-Beckham, proved to be the winning combo.

New York Giants

· Odell Beckham jr. was the standout player for the Giants again but should have had a bigger scoreline arguably. Beckham jr. had another touchdown knocked loose by a defender in the endzone and needs to work on securing these types of passes sooner. · The Giants running back situation gets even more confusing as Jennings’ workload was decreased while Darkwa’s was increased. Darkwa could be the main back going forward but should not be started until a few consistent outings are observed. · Will Tye was the Giants second leading receiver and outperforms veteran receivers like Harris and Randle. He has taken advantage of his opportunity and could be played as a low end number 2 tight end if required.

New York Jets

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 36 - 50 - 390 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - 22 - 0
Ryan Fitzpatrick delivered one of the best performances by a New York Jet quarterback in recent memory; Fitzpatrick’s 390 passing yards were the most since Vinny Testaverde threw for 481 yards in 2000. Fitzpatrick proved that he could lead a comeback effort, erasing a 10-point, 4th quarter deficit to force overtime. While Fitzpatrick’s final stat line looks impressive, the Jets’ offense was fairly stagnant for two and a half quarters. Fitzpatrick, however, caught fire late in the third quarter, and into overtime, completing 19 of his 26 attempts for nearly 200 yards and a touchdown. Fitzpatrick’s late game surge was a direct result of peppering Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker with targets. Decker, in particular, became unstoppable when he lined up in the slot. At one point in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick and Decker connected three straight times on post routes for a total gain of 50 yards. Marshall, who was jawing and fighting with Giants’ defenders throughout the game, asserted his will and bullied defenders at the catch point. Fitzpatrick and Marshall were locked in, hooking up for 12 completions in 13 pass attempts. With just 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick and Marshall connected for a 9-yard touchdown strike. Fitzpatrick threw the target high, allowing Marshall, and his 6’5” frame, to ‘go-get’ the ball. In overtime, Fitzpatrick paced the Jets’ offense down the field, but ultimately settled for a field goal. Fitzpatrick had Decker open for a short, game winning touchdown, but was unable to connect. Finally, credit Bilal Powell for his pass protection and passing game chops. The Giants’ defensive line was able to generate pressure throughout the game, but Powell’s pass blocking ability gave Fitzpatrick extra time to find Marshall and Decker. Fitzpatrick and Powell were also able to hook-up for a 25-yard touchdown on a screen in the middle of the field. Finally, one of the most overlooked aspects of Fitzpatrick’s performance—no turnovers. Fitzpatrick’s ball protection is elite and that alone keeps his team in games.

RB Chris Ivory, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 47 - 0, Rec: 5 - 22 - 0 (5 targets)
Overall, game flow minimalized Chris Ivory’s impact. Ivory started the game hot, ripping off 37 yards on his first four carries, but became a non-factor as game flow swung in the Giants’ favor. In addition, Ivory lost a fumble when he was hit by Jason Pierre-Paul. Due to game flow, Bilal Powell played more snaps than he usually does and made an impact in the passing game. It’s clear that the coaching staff prefers Powell in passing down (and comeback) situations.

RB Bilal Powell, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 17 - 0, Rec: 8 - 91 - 1 (13 targets)
While Fitzpatrick, Marshall, and Decker stole the headlines, Bilal Powell was the unsung hero of this victory. The Giants were able to generate a pass rush throughout the game, so Powell was asked to step in and chip defenders while also serve as Fitzpatrick’s safety valve. Powell, not Ivory, was Fitzpatrick’s check down option, sneaking out into the flat and making plays when given opportunities. During the second quarter, a screen in the middle of the field was set-up for Powell—and he turned it into a 25-yard touchdown scamper. Credit the offense line for a few key blocks, but Powell’s open field moves helped propel him into the end zone. While his pass catching ability is a nice bonus, Powell’s passing blocking ability cannot be undermined—it was one of the contributing factor’s to the Jets’ victory.

RB Stevan Ridley, 5 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 4 - 0
Another week, another forgettable performance by Ridley. The offense is making an effort to get him involved, but Ridley lacks burst and goes down on first contact.

WR Brandon Marshall, 76 offensive snaps, Rec: 12 - 131 - 1 (13 targets)
Simply put, Brandon Marshall dominated Prince Amukamara, and the entire Giants’ secondary for the duration of the game. Marshall started his afternoon with a highlight reel, shoe-string catch for a 21-yard gain. Marshall was relatively quiet for the remainder of the first half, but ended the half with a shoving match with Giants’ defensive tackle, Cullen Jenkins. Tempers ran high at the team headed into the locker, but Marshall re-emerged from halftime to dominate the second half and into overtime. In the second half, and in overtime, Marshall caught eight passes for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Marshall’s touchdown occurred with 27 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter—and tied the game at 20. Marshall used his massive 6’5” frame to highpoint and secure the catch. After the game, Marshall compared himself and Fitzpatrick’s connection to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. There’s no doubt that both combinations complemented each other well.

WR Eric Decker, 78 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 101 - 0 (12 targets)
A common theme has emerged when watching Decker’s performances; he disappears during the first half, but tends to dominate after halftime. After (another) quiet first half, Decker caught fire during the second half, collecting 80 of his 101 yards in the second half and overtime. After halftime, the Jets opted to move Decker into the slots---and the Giants did not have an answer for it. At one point during the third quarter, Fitzpatrick completed three straight passes to Decker on post routes for first downs. The Giants rotated corners into the slot, but were unable to slow down Decker. While Marshall had the critical touchdown in the fourth quarter, Decker made a high-leverage grab in overtime to step-up the Jets’ field goal attempt. Decker defeated press coverage at the line of scrimmage, ran a tight post route and hauled in a 17-yard pass.

WR Quincy Enunwa, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 37 - 0 (4 targets)
Quincy Enunwa earned another start in three wide receiver sets and made plays when given opportunities. Late in the first quarter, Enunwa and Fitzpatrick hooked up for a 28-yard gain on go-route down the right sideline to convert a 3rd-and-13 play. Enunwa made an acrobatic catch to secure the gain.

TE Kellen Davis, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (3 targets)
Kellen Davis had a minimal impact as a pass catcher. In the third quarter, Davis ran a post route and secured an 8-yard gain. In overtime, Davis was targeted in the end zone, but Robert Ayers deflected the pass at the line of scrimmage.


New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 34 - 297 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0
Eli Manning and the Giants offense struggled for most of this time and relied too heavily upon splash plays. Manning failed to convert in the redzone on multiple occasions and this had a big effect on the game. Manning’s pass protection was poor again on Sunday and he took too many sacks in key situations which killed off many Giants drives. The running game continues to be a “token” running game that is ineffective to say the least and mixed in sparingly due to how unproductive it is. Manning tried to get Randle on a bomb route down the field early but there was no separation from the defender to allow a catch. Manning found Nicks on a crossing route early in the game and was very unfortunate not to score the touchdown as Nicks was tackled mere inches shy of the white line and the Giants had to settle for a field goal ultimately. The best play the offense produced under Manning was a 72 yard catch and run hookup with Beckham jr. Manning located Beckham in man coverage over the middle and got him the ball quickly which allowed Beckham to outrun the defense for the score. Manning was able to connect down the field on a number of occasions to tight end Tye, throwing accurate balls behind defenders to allow yards after the catch. Manning should have had a touchdown to Beckham jr. on a deep post route as he threw a nice ball which Beckham got his hands on initially but the pass was ruled incomplete after a defender broke it up. Manning also found wide receiver White down the field on a fade route with a nicely located ball but this was called back due to holding by the offensive line. Manning was almost intercepted on a tipped pass on outside to Will Tye but the defender lost track of the pass as it fell incomplete. Manning threw a silly interception on 4th and 2 in the redzone, forcing a pass to a covered receiver in complete desperation. Manning also overthrew Beckham jr. on the final drive, though Beckham also looked to misjudge the ball over his shoulder. An uneven performance for Manning with pedestrian fantasy numbers, he is a risky start at this point in the season despite each game being very important for the Giants season.

RB Orleans Darkwa, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 23 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (2 targets)
Orleans Darkwa got the most carries on the ground for the Giants on Sunday which is slightly unusual for this offense. Darkwa looks to have taken some carries from Jennings, at least this week, as they gave him a bigger workload. Darkwa got mostly simple dive carries up the middle but struggled to find much rushing room against a stingy Jet defense. The Giants offensive line was not able to create many holes up front and Darkwa had to fight hard for every yard. Darkwa is arguably the most talented back for New York and deserves a chance to perform in this offense as no other back can seem to seize the role of number one back. Darkwa met a wall of defenders on most of his carries but we have seen some splash plays from the young defender in previous games. He also caught a screen pass for 10 yards, showing good hands and athleticism for the first down. He has good vision and is patient as a runner. Time will tell if Darkwa becomes the lead back in this offense but it is unlikely he’ll ever become fantasy relevant this season and deserves to remain on the waiver wire.

RB Shane Vereen, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 13 - 0, Rec: 2 - 7 - 0 (3 targets)
Shane Vereen managed only 6 touches on Sunday and was not an impact player for the Giants. Vereen was given very limited work on the ground and got only inside carries from the gun which he struggled to convert. Vereen met defenders quickly for the most part and the Giants failed to block well for him. Vereen got a few catches over the middle for modest gains but never looked dangerous. He was given too few touches and not much can be expected from fantasy players with only 6 touches. The Giants running back situation is very evenly spread and no one player can ever be relied upon in terms of fantasy.

WR Odell Beckham Jr, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 149 - 1 (11 targets)
Odell Beckham jr. was once again the only standout offensive player for the Giants. Beckham jr.’s day started off with a bang as he snagged a ball with one hand over the middle on a post route, making it look very easy. Beckham jr. scored later in the first half on a slant route inside over the middle in one on one man coverage. Beckham jr. got the ball quickly after his break and simply outran the Jets secondary as be exploded down the field untouched. Beckham jr. should have had a second touchdown on a post route with a nicely placed ball from Manning but the pass was jarred loose by a defender. He has struggled with holding onto the ball several times this year in the endzone despite making other highly impressive plays also. Beckham jr. got his hands on several other plays down the field and to the outside to keep the Giants alive in this game. He took several big hits from defenders but jumped straight back up, showing toughness despite his relatively small frame. Beckham jr. was open towards the end of the game on a corner route but seemed to misjudge the slightly overthrown ball over his shoulder as it fell incomplete. He was later flagged for delay of game for kicking the ball which shows some immaturity but Giants fans/fantasy owners will forgive him overall.

WR Rueben Randle, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (6 targets)
Randle was largely invisible on Sunday as Manning rarely targeted him. Randle’s first attempt was a deep ball that fell incomplete as he had no separation from the defensive back. Randle caught a quick out on the sideline for a short gain but was unable to do anything after the catch. Randle’s final catch was an impressive diving catch deep outside in the redzone. If the ball was placed more accurately towards Randles body, he may have been able to score. Randle was invisible for the rest of the game and Manning looked to Beckham jr. to get things going. Randle should not be owned or started in fantasy and this looks unlikely to change in this inconsistent offense. The pass protection was also poor at times which prevented Randle from getting many deep attempts.

WR Dwayne Harris, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)
Dwayne Harris made a big play on special teams but contributed very little in the passing game. Harris’ only catch came on a quick out that he fought for extra yards and stayed in bounds despite time running off the clock towards the end of the second quarter. Harris was targeted on a corner route after this but he had no separation and the pass was poorly located. Harris was again targeted on a corner route but the defender fouled him and was flagged for defensive pass interference to prevent a possible touchdown. Harris made no other significant contributions on Sunday as the Giants struggled in pass protection and lead an unbalanced offense.

TE Will Tye, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 70 - 0 (4 targets)
Will Tye continues to impress at tight end in this offense and it looks like the Giants coaches have noticed his chemistry with Eli Manning. Though Tye only snagged 3 balls, 2 of them were big plays for first downs that kept drives alive. Tye’s first catch was a quick ball outside where he was taken down shy of the first down. Tye then got his hands on a deep seam route, showing great hands and thanks to a nice ball from Manning behind the defense. Tye then made another similar catch on a deep ball that was placed high and just out of the defenders reach. Tye has shown excellent hands and concentration in his young career at this point and is arguably as productive as starter Larry Donnell has been in recent games this season. Tye is a low end number 2 tight end while Donnell is on the sidelines, though he is stuck in an inconsistent offense that is focused on getting the ball to Beckham jr.