RB Bilal Powell - New York Jets

5-11, 207Born: 10-27-1988College: LouisvilleDrafted: Round 4, pick 2011

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Week 6: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Good matchup. Predictably, free agent prize Le'Veon Bell has yet to pay much in dividends for the rebuilding Jets. But it's hard to lay too much blame on him. He's looking plenty spry and elusive after a 20-month layoff, consistently making the most of the Jets' poor front line and nonexistent passing game. Bell hasn't produced efficiently, with just 2.9 yards per rush and 52 per game. But there's breakout potential if the offense as a whole gets on track. Bell is thoroughly dominating the ground game, taking on 85% of Jets carries thus far. There may be shakeups ahead for the line, such as benching struggling center Ryan Kalil, and the team would love to have left guard Kelechi Osemele back. He should benefit, at least, from the return of Sam Darnold and a competent passing game. The Cowboys will have to hedge their bets more against Darnold than Luke Falk; Bell had noticeably more room to maneuver in Darnold's Week 1 start. It could also create some degree of touchdown opportunity for Bell, who's yet to take a carry from inside the five-yard line. In other words, there's nowhere to go but up. The Dallas run game continues to serve as a clear vulnerability, one that opponents aren't afraid to attack. With the front line weakened by injuries and the linebackers badly underachieving after being the highlight last season, the Cowboys have allowed a handful of big games on the ground, including Aaron Jones' Week 5 eruption (19 carries for 107 yards and 4 scores). Up front, tackle Maliek Collins continues to impress, but the depth around him has been picked apart by the injury bug. And on the second level, the team can't be pleased with the way young stars Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith have performed. Vander Esch has repeatedly found himself out of position and whiffing on tackles, while Smith is far more impactful against the pass than the run. On the back end, free safety Jeff Heath is a willing contributor in run defense, but not a very effective one. It's these downfield concerns that allow speedy backs like Jones the opportunity to spin small holes into chunk gains (and touchdowns). The Cowboys enter Week 6 with a strong up-front advantage over the Jets' weak line, but there's more to stopping runners like Le'Veon Bell than that. Their pursuit angles and tackling have to improve if they're going to corral Bell in the open field.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
2 vs CLE 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
3 at NE 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
5 at PHI 2 1 4 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.4
6 vs DAL 1 5 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0.5
6 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Bilal Powell's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 5 vs PHI (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Powell was dressed - that's the best you can say about him, as he saw just two snaps on offense and carried the ball only once in the fourth quarter.

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Schedule

6vs Dallas Cowboys
7vs New England Patriots
8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9@ Miami Dolphins
10vs New York Giants
11@ Washington Redskins
12vs Oakland Raiders
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Miami Dolphins
15@ Baltimore Ravens
16vs Pittsburgh Steelers
17@ Buffalo Bills