Wow, that was some game. The Jets walk away with a 24-21 victory in OT, and the 'Snoopy Trophy,' but prehaps are really the losers in the end. Loss is the key theme from last night's MetLife Bowl III.Â
Geno is human, not the super-being we hoped for.
In his first start this preseason, Geno Smith looked just as a rookie should, in his play. 3 INTsâ€”two of which can be solely place on his shoulders, the other being a ball that was muscled away from WR Ryan Spadolaâ€”and a safety in which Smith walks out of the endzone during his pass dropback.Â
Geno did have his moments, however, scoring a TD and putting together a few nice drives. His command of the huddle and composure was evident throughout, even through the bumps in the road.Â
Smith played through the third quarter, and early fourth. It appears the Jets wanted to give him every chance to succeed, and in this case bounce back from his earlier play.
Is the right choice to start Week 1? Probably not onÂ most teams. However, the Jets have questions with the other QB, as well, and their defense is their bread-and-butter.Â
Final Staline: 16 of 30 (53.3%), 199 yards, 1 TD to 3 INTs
More after the jump...
Mark Sanchez plays in Q4, gets injured.
Was it sabbotage, stupidity, or trying to demonostrate a 'real competition'? Only Rex and his staff know the truthâ€”but Sanchez was thrown into the fourth quarter playing with/against backups and took a big hit that caused a shoulder injury.Â
While he was able to get up and shake it off, it appeared as if he was still feeling discomfort on the sidelines, as the Jets training personnel did not allow Sanchez to get back in the game. He was later brought to the Jets locker room for X-Rays, and the severity of the injury should come to light today or tomorrow.
In his limited time, Mark Sanchez went 5 of 6 (83.3%), 72 yards, with no TDs or INTs.
Defense gets burned, settles back down.
On the Giants' first offensive play of the game, RB David Wilson broke an 84-yard TD run, as S Antonio Allen, among others, got lost in the backfield. It was reminiscent of the Jets' 2012 run D. However, the Jets would allow just a combined 55 yards on the ground throughout the rest of the game.
The Giants were pass-happy, but they weren't allowed to do much with the ball through the air, either. The Jets allowed 223 yards through the air, with only 83 of those coming from QB Eli Manning, who went 8 for 20 (40%). First string or third string did not matter in terms of goal-line protection, as the Jets allowed zero TDs, after David Wilson's initial burst.
CB Kyle Wilson played a hellacious game, and not in a good way. Giving up four, count 'em, 1-2-3-4, pass-interference penalties, it appeared Wilson's head could never turn around for the ball. It's a problem the Jets have had with the former 1st round pick since he joined the team.
I've had my hopes for Wilson to step-up, but that doesn't look like it'll be happening anytime soon. CB Dee Milliner did not play in last night's affair.Â
Example of some players taken after Kyle Wilson in 2010: Gronkowski, Zane Beadles, Jimmy Graham, NaVorro Bowman.
â€” OneJetAtATime.com (@OneJetAtATime) August 25, 2013
And please welcome our newest addition, former Jets WR Chansi Stuckey, who will provide his analysis for last night's game.
Impressed with his cadence, when used. Garnered back to back encroachment penalties on the Giants defensive line
Looked comfortable at times in the pocket, and set his feet to make accurate throws
Passes at times lack velocity and threw behind receivers on many occasions
Needs improvement on footwork
3 first half interceptions
Has to have more awareness of where he is on the field. Running out of bounds was not a rookie mistake
Played confident and calm. Seemed in-control of the game
Good decision-making and good velocity when throwing in cuts
Bad turnover by not looking ball in while catching snap
Arm looks stronger and should be Week 1 starter if healthy
Protected well while changing the line of scrimmage most of the night
Works best when Bilal Powell is running the ball
Kept a clean pocket mostly when Geno Smith was in the game
Starting to become a strength of the team
Great Job using Geno.
Used lots of good quick throws to get Geno's confidence up
Did not attack downfield enough
WR Side NoteÂ
Still Looking for more from Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerly
Minus the 1st play from scrimmage, Jets defense was very solid
Improved open field tackling from last week
Cornerback play is spotty with Cromartie being the only reliable defender right now
Frustrated Manning all evening that included four straight stops near the goaline
Was Rex Ryan right to put Sanchez in the game at that point?