Found September 08, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
PLAYERS: Geno Smith
TEAMS: New York Jets
Geno Smith (@ocnnreport)     After three quarters of sloppy and dysfunctional play from both sides, things got interesting in the fourth quarter at the Meadowlands on Sunday. Going into the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers held a 14-12 lead over the Jets—despite a disastrous start in which they couldn’t be less in sync as they committed a safety after quarterback Josh Freeman flat-out missed the snap. With a little over five minutes left in the game, Nick Folk kicked a 30-yard field goal to cap off a 65 yard, six minute and twenty second long drive to put the Jets on top 15-14 and awaken the 82, 566 fans at MetLife Stadium. Would that be enough to secure a season-opening victory for the Jersey circus? Nope. After Tampa Bay’s next drive ended in a punt, backup kicker Rian Lindell nailed a 37-yard field goal with 34 seconds left on the clock. During the drive, the Jets burned all of their timeouts—leaving them in a precarious situation as they found themselves at their own 20 with 34 seconds left and no timeouts. Could rookie Geno Smith orchestrate a game winning drive in his first career regular season game? To quote the man whose name appears on the trophy awarded at the end of the Super Bowl, “when it’s third and long, you can take the milk drinkers and I’ll take the whiskey drinkers every time.” It looks like somebody on the Jets owes him a liter of Jameson—because Geno Smith showed everybody today that he is a whiskey drinker. After throwing an incompletion, (intended for Kellen Winslow), Smith hit Winslow for a 25-yard gain which put them around midfield. Following a spike to stop the clock, Tampa Bay’s penalty-prone exposé on sloppiness culminated with Lavonte David foolishly shoving the already out of bounds Geno Smith following a 10-yard run. The penalty tacked an extra 15 yards onto the run, which put the Jets in field goal position. On the next play, Nick Folk hammered a 48-yarder just through the uprights with 2 seconds left on the clock to put the Jets up 18-17—for good. Geno Smith played fairly well in his first regular season game. The rookie completed 24/38 passes for 256 yards with a touchdown and an interception for a QB rating of 80.6. Unfortunately he was also sacked 5 times for a combined loss of 42 yards. On an a brighter note, Geno ran for 47 yards on 6 carries—which accounted for just over half the team’s overall rushing yards in the game. Kellen Winslow led the team in receiving yards and receptions with 7 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Santonio Holmes had a relatively quiet return from injury as he grabbed one reception for 13 yards. TEAM NEWS: Tight End Jeff Cumberland and Wide Receiver Jeremy Kerley both left the game, after hard hits, for concussion testing. Both later returned. Center Nick Mangold left briefly after what appeared to be an elbow injury. He also returned later in the game. OFF THE FIELD DISTRACTION—err—I mean SANCHEZ INJURY UPDATE: ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen reported that Mark Sanchez’s MRI revealed a possible torn labrum and that the team will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Fox’s Jay Glazer, however, later reported that Sanchez already had the partial tear and that the injury sustained in the preseason game was actually a separated shoulder. I give up until the team talks… (Feel free to use the comment section to start your own Mark Sanchez injury rumors or tweet with the hash tag #FakeSanchezInjuries) NEXT GAME: The Jets try to maintain momentum going into the short week as they travel up to Foxborough to take on division rival the New England Patriots on Thursday night at 8:25pm on NFL Network/CBS New York.

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