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Jets grades: Special teams, coaching don't pass the test

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33)

New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs during the first half of a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Credit: Lee S. Weissman


The running game finally got going, but the Jets' receivers didn't do enough to help Ryan Fitzpatrick. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall scored a touchdown apiece, but both let catchable balls slip through their fingers. It wasn't all their fault, though. Fitzpatrick -- who will undergo thumb surgery Friday -- overthrew several receivers, some of whom were wide open. Worst of all, tight end Kellen Davis never even turned around to see where the ball was headed in the end zone on a potential go-ahead score. On the bright side: Chris Ivory returned to his dominant form, rushing for 5 1/2 yards per carry against the Bills as he gained 99 yards on 18 carries.


Give them credit: Despite continuously being put in tough positions by the offense, Todd Bowles' defense hung in there. Muhammad Wilkerson (two sacks) was the star of the night, plus David Harris and Demario Davis chipped in with a sack apiece. Meanwhile, Sheldon Richardson was everywhere on the field. But their strong defensive effort wasn't enough. Missed tackles and defensive breakdowns are still happening at an alarming rate.


Devin Smith committed one of their four turnovers and it cost the Jets. Jeremy Kerley averaged just 3 1/2 yards on four punt returns. Ryan Quigley had a 68-yard punt and new kicker Randy Bullock hit a 29-yard field goal.


Does anyone know what Chan Gailey is doing? Why are the Jets turning to Davis -- a tight end with one catch this season -- on a critical fourth-down play with the game on the line?

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