Here's one last look back at the 2016 season finale from Inside the Numbers. We start out with
Bilal I — Double-Digit Runs
Powell ripped off one big run after another in the 30-10 win over the Bills — a 23-yarder on the game's first offensive play, followed by carries of 11 and 10 yards in the first quarter, 12 and 10 in the second, and a 25-yarder on the first play of the third quarter.
Powell was the first Jet with at least six double-digit-yardage carries in a game in eight seasons. The last to do it was Thomas Jones with six 10-plussers in the 2008 home rout of the St. Louis Rams.
Bilal II — Chain Mover
Hand-in-hand with 10-yards-plus carries are first downs. And Powell put on a show in December. He had 10 first downs against the Bills after notching 10 vs. the Dolphins and 11 at San Francisco.
That is arguably the most incredible chain-moving feat in franchise history. The Jets had only two players reach 10 first downs in a game from 2004 through Game 12 this year — Curtis Martin in the '04 opener vs. the Bengals had 14 first downs and Jones in that '08 Rams game had 11. In fact, no Jet has had more than two such games in a single season since 1963. And Powell has done it three times in a four-game span.
It might go without saying that BP led the Jets this year in total first downs (68 to
Bilal III — Yards/Carry
Following up on our Inside the Numbers lead item a week and a half ago, Powell did not lead NFL running backs this regular season in yards/carry. The Bills' Mike Gillislee, who needed 14 carries against the Jets to reach 100 for the year and qualify, got 15 carries. Even though the Jets defenders sat pretty hard on Gillislee (15 carries, 40 yards), he came in at 5.71 yards/carry, ahead of Powell's 5.51 and Buffalo teammate LeSean McCoy's 5.41.
But Powell's mark still set the Jets record for best average among qualifying backs, topping Freeman McNeil's 5.21 in the strike-shortened 1982 season.
Sheldon's Minus Plays
Richardson by my count totaled 20 tackles for loss/no gain (on runs and receptions, not including sacks) and 13 tackles for loss (weeding out the zero gains). Those numbers are exceptional in recent Jets history. I've never charted a 20-TFLNG season since 1995 (Bart Scott's 18.5 in 2010 was the previous high) nor another double-digit TFL season since 2004 (
Richardson's highlights: He had two tackles for loss plus one sack in the Game 8 win over the Ravens, and his season high was 3.5 tackles for loss/no gain on New Year's Day vs. the Bills.
That was also the game that Sheldon was credited with the 8-yard loss and strip/fumble recovery of rookie RB Jonathan Williams. The loss was tied for the longest by the Jets this season with
Just to put the finishing touch on this season with a play that we can only hope will be a harbinger for 2017,
The recovery enabled the Jets to score their quickest 10 points in franchise history. The gameclock was at 3:21 and did not change from Folk's field goal through Middleton's recovery.
Finally, the TD snapped the Jets' 50-game drought without a special teams score of any kind. Next on the Green & White to-do list in 2017: end the droughts without a defensive TD (57 games since