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SportsFootballJets

Jets should be able to run on Packers

Chris Ivory of the Jets runs the ball

Chris Ivory of the Jets runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - All the numbers the Jets' offense compiled in their season-opening victory over the Raiders have to be taken with a grain of salt, of course. The Raiders aren't exactly an elite team. But the Jets did run for a league-high 212 yards.

The team with the second-most rushing yards (207) in Week 1 was the Seahawks, who just happened to be playing the Packers, who host the Jets on Sunday. That would seem to bode well for Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.

With that trio of backs and mobile quarterback Geno Smith, who ran 10 times for 38 yards against Oakland, the Jets have a chance to establish themselves as a running team in a predominantly passing league. The three-headed rushing attack of Johnson, Ivory and Powell offers the opportunity to keep throwing fresh bodies at defenses, with a mix of styles as well.

"Chris Ivory is very aggressive, power -- he's hard to tackle -- and he does a very good job for us,'' tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson said Thursday. "Chris Johnson is a very quick and speedy guy, really catches the edge very well, and then Bilal is so quick and sudden that it's really hard to catch him. And he also runs with a lot of heart. You can see it on the field. He's a very impressive back to watch.

"So I think all those guys put together, it just gives us so many options as to not only when we can use them but how we can use them.''

Johnson was on the field for 33 of the Jets' 70 offensive plays against the Raiders and scored their first touchdown on a 5-yard reception. He had the most carries, 13, for 68 yards (5.2 average) and added five catches. Ivory, in 30 plays, ran 10 times for 102 yards, with 71 coming on a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter that effectively iced the game. Powell played 12 plays on offense, running once for 4 yards, with most of his playing time coming on special teams.

Rex Ryan wasn't ready to commit either way on whether the Jets will continue to go with a committee approach or eventually look to settle on a primary ballcarrier.

"We're blessed to have three really good backs,'' Ryan said. "Sometimes you'll go with the hot hand, but other times, we want to try to get all three guys involved as well.''

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