I swear, if the New York Jets handedly won a game, us crazed fans wouldn’t know how to act. Another ugly win, smh…but still a win nonetheless. Yesterday, the Jets got it done against the Buffalo Bills, 27-20.
- It’s nice to have an offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, who calls aggressive games. He recognized the Bills secondary was shorthanded, missing two of its starters, and attacked; setting the tone for the entire matchup. He mixed it up well yesterday, calling 41 rushing plays and 29 pass plays. As a result, the Jets were hugely successful on the ground and through the air, finishing with 513 offensive yards (331 passing, 182 rushing). Geno Smith unanimously outplayed fellow rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. Unlike Manuel, who looked unsure of himself the majority of his reps, Smith played a statement game. Forever poised in the pocket, which isn’t an easy feat when defensive end Mario Williams is staring you down, Smith let it rip yesterday. The top play of the day came in the fourth quarter when he and Santonio Holmes (154 yards, 1 TD) hooked up on a 69 yard game winning touchdown. Second year starter Stephen Hill also had his best day in a Jets uniform. He finished with 104 yards and a touchdown. For the first time since 2006, the Jets had two receivers pull in catches for 100+ yards. The Jets’ wideouts, in bold fashion, showed their ability to bounce back after last week’s pathetic performance in which they amassed six drops. The receivers finally stepped up and gave Smith the type of support we’ve been begging of them.
- The Jets’ ground ‘n’ pound game was also in full effect. Bilal Powell rushed for 149 yards on 27 attempts. He’s not flashy or a bulldozer type back like Marshawn Lynch, but he’s reliable and durable. Considering Chris Ivory has a history of injury issues, I think we might see a lot more of Powell in the coming weeks.
- I mentioned how poised Smith was, and the credit goes to the offensive line. Before yesterday’s game, the Bills were tied for the league lead with nine sacks. Mario Williams recorded 4.5 sacks last week alone, but went sackless, yesterday. Nice work.
- The Jets’s defensive line is quickly becoming my favorite unit on the team. They kept Manuel on his toes, or should I say on his back, all afternoon. Together, they recorded eight sacks on the day. EIGHT! No matter who it’s against, eight sacks are impressive, especially when Manuel had only been sacked once entering yesterday’s game. The Jets’ defense did an exceptional job showing the rookie QB what the pro game is really about. They also limited the Bills top receiver, Stevie Johnson, to just 86 yards, and Fred Jackson, who replaced an injured CJ Spiller, was held to 70 yards. The Jets defense continues to validate Rex’s “Top 5 defense in the league” claims. They’re looking scary good right now.
- Mark Sanchez’s main downfall was his turnovers. And so far, that also seems to be Geno’s achilles heel. The good with Smith continues to outweigh the bad, but if the turnovers don’t cease, the criticism and comparison to Sanchez will continue.
- The two wasted challenges by Rex in the third quarter were awful and put the Jets in a terrible situation later in the game. Had he not been overzealous with tossing the flag, we would’ve had a challenge available to use on the Manuel fumble in the 3rd quarter. The Jets would’ve received the ball and the downward spiral toward the end of the third and into the fourth quarter, would’ve never happened. Rex needs to wisen up.
- Without a doubt, the Jets’ 20 penalties for 168 yards was the most hideous aspect of the team’s performance. Combined Vladimir Ducasse and Kyle Wilson were responsible for eight penalties. Wilson’s fourth quarter meltdown, in which he wracked up four calls (one was offset) almost cost the Jets the game. For the second consecutive week, Jets players lost their cool in the final minutes of the game. This time they got lucky and left with the win. But this is becoming an embarrassing and unacceptable behavioral pattern that needs to be addressed, ASAP.
Next week the Jets head South to take on the 2-1 Tennessee Titans. Remember, that’s where Sanchez was benched last season. Let’s hope Smith has a much better outing than Sanchez did.