Found September 13, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
TEAMS: New York Jets
Geno Smith (@ocnnreport) Rookie quarterback Geno Smith hoped to build on his Week 1 success and orchestrate another 4th quarter comeback Thursday night against the New England Patriots. Needless to say, the Patriots are a better team than the Buccaneers. Following an opening drive touchdown for Tom Brady and the Patriots, it was mostly downhill from there—for both teams. The Jets managed nothing more than a field goal through the first half. Down 13-10 on their second drive of the 3rd quarter, the Jets capped off a 9-play, 57 yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run by Bilal Powell. That would be all for the scoring on a night equally as ugly as the game. Let’s just say both punters are lucky to get the extra days of rest before their Week 3 games. Geno Smith showed a national audience that despite his raw talent, he was still a rookie quarterback going into Gillette Stadium. Despite throwing for 214 yards, Geno Smith’s final line was indicative of a rookie still not quite ready for primetime. Geno Smith completed a disappointing 15/35 passes for 214 yards with 3 interceptions for an awful QB rating of 27.6. The most aggravating part of Geno’s performance Thursday night was that all 3 interceptions occurred on underthrown passes during the fourth quarter—killing potential tying or go ahead scoring drives. If anything, it was reminiscent of the third preseason game when he seemed to actually flip a turnover switch. Neither team can honestly say they’re happy with the way they played Thursday night. This great divisional rivalry played more like a Jaguars v. Titans game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had an horrendous game by his normally high standards: 19/39 for 185 yards and only 1 touchdown. It seems as though Brady is now struggling to adjust to the non-elite weapons around him. Brady no longer has the luxuries he’s accustomed to in Belichick’s system and didn’t quite look the like the elite quarterback of the past on Thursday night. The Jets defense played well as they kept the Jets in the game throughout, holding the Patriots to only 13 points—an incredibly rare feat against the usually dynamic offense led by Tom Brady. The Jets forced the Patriots to punt 11 times during the game, including all 6 of their second half drives. Injury Update: According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Mark Sanchez has no plans to get his torn labrum surgically repaired. Instead, he intends on rehabbing the injury and returning during the season. Until then, he’ll play the role of weird uncle nobody wants to talk to at Thanksgiving. Next Game: The Jets look to bounce back as they host the Buffalo Bills in a divisional showdown on 9/22 at 4:25pm on CBS New York.
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