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Week 15 Game Recap: New York Jets 21, Baltimore Ravens 42
What you need to know
Itís hard to trust anyone right now, but Jamison Crowder
and Robby Anderson
both seem to be consistent sources of fantasy production right now. The next two games are tough, but Sam Darnold
seems to be able to find both of them consistently and while you canít expect big points, they will give you something. With Crowder, you also get a bonus in point per reception leagues. We donít trust LeVeon Bell
ís value right now, as we donít trust the playcalling or the blocking, but this game was at least a step in the right direction, albeit too little too late.
and the Ravens found success running and throwing the ball. Jackson returned to form as a passer with 5 touchdown passes and a number of great throws. Jackson also broke Michael Vick
's single season rushing record for a quarterback. Mark Ingram
also found more room to run than he had in previous weeks. Ingram found success on almost every touch including two touchdowns. Mark Andrews
looked healthy and was Jackson's favorite target as he has been all season. Jackson missed Andrews for a potential 72 yard touchdown or the tight end could have had a huge game. Marquise Brown
could have had a second touchdown but a blatant pass interference penalty in the end zone stopped him from securing the pass. Seth Roberts
made some nice plays in the passing game but did not make his first catch until late in the 3rd quarter.
New York Jets
|QB Sam Darnold, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 32 - 218 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 11 - 0|
Once again, Darnold wasnít great but he also wasnít a disaster. He had his second straight game where he had two touchdowns to one interception, but he also fumbled for the second game in a row, this one ending up in the hands of a Baltimore defender. Still, while heís not reaching the heights predicted in August, hes still showing flashes. On his second touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder
ó this one late in the game ó Darnold showed poise in a collapsing pocket and patience enough to wait for his receiver to crack enough space for the quarterback to deliver the ball. His throw to Robby Anderson
oi the two-point conversion afterwards was also a good one, with Darnold climbing the pocket and then putting the ball where only his receiver could get it. His first throw to Crowder for a score was a nice one as well, as he threaded the ball to his receiver in the end zone, even though Crowder was well covered. Even his fumble wasnít all bad, or all his fault. On the play, Raven Tyus Bowser blew past tight end Trevon Wesco
and hammered Darnoldís blindside. Darnold could have done a better job holding onto the ball, but ultimately he needed a little more help from the blocker as well. His interception was pretty bad, however, as he wildly underthrew tight end Daniel Brown
near the end of the first half, trailing 21-7. It was a terrible place to turn the ball over, and an awful throw.
|RB LeVeon Bell, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 87 - 0, Rec: 2 - 1 - 0 (2 targets)|
On the plus side, Bellís carries were tied for his highest of the season, and his rushing yards yards were the most he had. In terms of negatives, he saw almost no targets and had his lowest total of receiving yards all season. He did look a little better running the ball than he has most of the season, so perhaps not playing against Miami was a plus. Bell did do much of his damage in the first half, before the game got completely out of control, and Sam Darnold
was forced to throw the ball to try and get back into the game. His longest run ó a fifteen yard scamper early in the first quarter ó epitomized what he has to do in order to succeed in this offense. On the play, he took the ball, followed the fullback to the right and didnít hesitate or dance ó just ran through the hole while it existed, which admittedly was longer than normal for this offensive line. The problem was, for all the carries he got, Bell never quite established a rhythm, as the playcalling seemed to shift away from him just when he appeared to get rolling. For example, after that 15 yard carry, the Jets called three passes ó two of which went incomplete ó and one run, which went to Ty Montgomery
for a single yard, stalling the drive.
|RB Ty Montgomery, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)|
As much as the Jets donít seem to really know what to do with LeVeon Bell
, theyíve even less of an idea what they signed Montgomery for. With just three touches on twelve snaps ó and only seven on special teams ó Montgomery had better be on time for the bus because the Jets donít seem to remember he exists most of the time.
didnít see a target until the end of the first quarter, but after that he was off to the races. He scored his first touchdown with a toe tap catch in the end zone, as quarterback Sam Darnold
put it where only Crowder was grabbing it. On the second touchdown, Darnold was under duress, but stayed calm and moved up in the pocket until Crowder could break free. Then Crowder made a nice catch, slipped a tackle and sauntered into the end zone. The most impressive thing about Crowderís game against Baltimore was his ability after the catch. Crowder continually make tacklers miss, accelerated into the open field and gained extra yards. More than once he made a move that resulted in some nice bonus yards for his team. Crowder did a lot of different things this game, and ran routes at all levels, showing the versatility he brings to the Jets offense on each catch.
After a pair of hundred yard games, one might be disappointed by Andersonís totals, but he played very well in a tough matchup. The bulk of his yards did come on a 41-yard catch late in the game, when he got behind the coverage. The pass was just a tad long, but Anderson reached out and caught it with his fingertips for a big gain.
|WR Vyncint Smith, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 40 - 0 (5 targets)|
Starting in place of Demaryus Thomas, Smith made a few nice plays, including on a 31-yard reception. On the play, Smith caught a short pass and then took advantage of a missed tackle and some blockers to add about 26 yards to what should have been a five yard play. He did have a massive fumble on a drive near the end of the first quarter. He was wide open for a pass from Darnold, which he caught easily, but had the ball too loose in his hands, resulting in a fumble when the defender wrapped him. He was saved by the ball going out of bounds as well as a penalty which negated the play, but heís going to have to work on ball security if he wants to get a bigger role in the offense.
|WR Jeff Smith, 14 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)|
Smith had just one catch, a diving grab during the second drive in the first quarter. He was a nonfactor beyond that.
|TE Daniel Brown, 29 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)|
On Brownís biggest play, he was just the target, as he was the intended receiver on Sam Darnold
ís horribly underthrown ball which was intercepted.
|QB Lamar Jackson, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 23 - 212 - 5 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 86 - 0|
returned to form throwing the ball after two subpar passing performances. Jackson had a few misses but was very consistent and accurate throwing the ball all over the field. Jackson took the Ravens down the field for an opening possession touchdown. Jackson accounted for 68 yards on the drive throwing and passing including a run that broke Michael Vick
's single season rushing record for quarterback. Jackson scrambled for 25 more yards to move the Ravens into the red zone for the second time. Jackson found Miles Boykin
on a crossing route off of play action for 5 yard touchdown to cap the drive. Jackson threw a nice deep ball to Marquise Brown
who drew a 43 yard pass interference penalty in the end zone. A few plays later Jackson found Mark Andrews
in the flat for a 1 yard score. Two Ravens drives stalled with failed conversions on 3rd and short. One ended on a stuffed running play and the other with a batted pass. Jackson took advantage of great field position after a turnover finding Marquise Brown
in the back of the end zone for a 24 yard touchdown. The Ravens went for it on 4th down from their own 29 yard line with a 21 point lead and Jackson converted with a 36 yard completion to Andrews. Jackson made the throw on the run and did well to spot Andrews downfield. A few plays later Jackson dropped an absolute dime to Seth Roberts
on a corner route for a 33 yard touchdown. Following a failed onside kick, Jackson threw his 5th touchdown of the game to Mark Ingram
and Jackson was replaced by Robert Griffin
III for most of the 4th quarter.
|RB Mark Ingram, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 76 - 1, Rec: 1 - 10 - 1 (2 targets)|
consistently picked up chunks of yardage against the Jets strong run defense. Ingram found a lot of success rushing to the edges. Ingram was able to break into the open field and wasn't consistently met at or near the line of scrimmage like previous weeks. Ingram remains involved in the passing game and is one of the Ravens best red zone weapons. Ingram took the ball to the edge on a read option play and got a great block from Nick Boyle
to score a 6 yard touchdown. Ingram found a huge lane off right tackle running behind Orlando Brown and broke into the open field for a 29 yard gain. Ingram converted a 2 point attempt on a run that looked almost identical to the 29 yard run. Ingram released into the flat off of play action and caught a 10 yard touchdown pass. Ingram sat for much of the 4th quarter with the Ravens holding a huge lead.
played very well against the Jets. Brown made play underneath and downfield showing his versatility. Brown was tackled in the end zone on a deep shot from Jackson drawing an obvious 43 yard pass interference penalty. Brown made a tough catch running a slant for 9 yards absorbing a hit over the middle. Brown made a 5 yard catch a few plays later. Brown released vertically from the slot and made a nice toe dragging catch for a 24 yard touchdown. Brown is clearly Jackson's favorite target at receiver.
|WR Seth Roberts, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 66 - 1 (3 targets)|
made his first 12 yard catch running an in breaking route late in the 3rd quarter. A few plays later Roberts made a very nice 33 yard catch running a corner route for a touchdown. Roberts showed good concentration holding on to the pass. On 3rd and 13 Roberts found a space between 3 defenders to secure a 21 yard catch again on an in breaking route.
|TE Mark Andrews, 23 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 52 - 1 (7 targets)|
looked healthy and reassumed his role as Jackson's favorite target after leaving last week's game with a leg injury. Andrews was productive and could have had a huge game if not for a missed throw by Jackson. Andrews made his first catch running a comeback route for 7 yards. Andrews ran a quick out route and picked up 8 yards. Andrews released up field off of play action and caught a 1 yard touchdown but the play was negated by penalty. A few plays later Andrews released into the flat and caught a 1 yard touchdown. Andrews converted a 4th and 1 with a 36 yard catch and run.Andrews ran a crossing route and released up field as Jackson scrambled to get wide open. Andrews came wide open for a potential 72 yard touchdown but Jackson missed the throw.
|TE Hayden Hurst, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 19 - 0 (2 targets)|
saw only a few targets in the passing game. Hurst released up field off of play action and bounced off two potential tacklers for a 19 yard gain on the Ravens first offensive play. Hurst was targeted downfield off of play action but Jackson's pass was underthrown.