RB Lex Hilliard - New York Jets
|5-11, 231||Born: 7-30-1984||College: Montana||Drafted: Round 6|
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Week 7: at Miami Dolphins
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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Jets on the season have largely struggled against the run with the exception of Bilal Powell's 163 yard game against the Jaguars earlier this season. Excluding that performance, the Jets are averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. Powell is questionable to play this week after missing last week's game due to a toe injury and if he would be unable to go it would leave this Jets rushing attack in the hands of Matt Forte and Elijah McGuire which would leave the Jets thin at the running back position as Forte has struggled out of the backfield even though he has been productive as a receiver. McGuire is a home run threat every time he touches the ball, but when those long runs do not come he has a hard time getting anything going. If Powell is active, it should help this offense as he is the most talented running back on this team, but how healthy will he be is another issue. The biggest issue with the stagnation of the Jets rushing game is that the offensive line has played incredibly poorly so far this season as Matt Bitonti increased the ranking of the Jets from 28th to 23rd due to Brandon Shell returning, but Shell is off to a slow start so far this season.
The Dolphins strength is their run defense led by Ndamukong Suh and William Hayes on the defensive line while linebackers Rey Maualuga and Lawrence Timmons at linebacker are both great against the run. This is a team that is setup to take away your running attack and that is exactly what they have done so far this season holding opponents to just 3.5 yards per carry which ranks as the sixth-best in the NFL and 80.4 yards per game which ranks as the fourth best in the NFL. The first time these two teams met the Jets ran the ball 34 times but were able to have very little success against this defense averaging just 3.0 yards per carry last week.
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