New York Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick Finally Beats Rex Ryan 2
Timothy T. Ludwig, USATSI

New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick finally beats a Rex Ryan coached defense with an impressive performance.

Not only did the New York Jets break their five-game losing streak to the Buffalo Bills, but Ryan Fitzpatrick ended his personal losing streak against Rex Ryan. Ryan defenses have been known for killing Fitz but that was not the case this time.

After a shaky first two drives the Jets offense dominated. If you cut out big plays and turnovers this is a blowout game.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was 24 of 34 for 374 yards and a touchdown to Eric Decker.

He showed why he is the perfect QB for this system. Rex Ryan went back to his typical defense of Fitz, putting eight in the box. Fitz was able to get the ball down the field against the defense.

If you remember Rex Ryan defenses when he was with the Jets they were susceptible to passes deep over the middle. With bigger receivers like Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and the emergence of Quincy Enunwa they are able to take advantage of eight men in the box.

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This offense can be scary good. There are so many weapons for Fitzpatrick, which makes it much easier on the journeyman QB.

After the Week 17 loss, many pointed the finger at Ryan Fitzpatrick. Did Fitzpatrick play a solid brand of ball? No, but there was a lot more to the story than just a poor game from the QB. Since that was the last memory fans had of him, an unfavorable narrative was written.

Fans and analysts included wrote off Ryan Fitzpatrick. Unfortuantely, they forgot the first 15 games and how well the Jets offense clicked.

With better offensive weapons it’s only natural for Fitz to play better. He’s far from a perfect QB but in this system, it just works. The Jets offense should be a legit threat. Don’t forget about Matt Forte‘s three rushing TDs either.

The Jets and Fitzpatrick got their revenge. In order for the Jets to be successful, Fitz just has to be a game manager. Just don’t turn the ball over and the Jets will be fine.

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