Originally posted on One Jet At A Time  |  Last updated 9/25/13
It was the battle of rookies on Sunday at Metlife. Second round QB selection Geno Smith squared off againt first round QB selection EJ Manuel, in the first of what could be many division matchups. There were some ups and downs from both offenses, but only one team came out with a victory. The wall that was the defensive front 7 for the Jets proved to be huge factor, once again. Many analysts had Geno Smith as the first QB selected in the draft, but because of character issues, that isn't what happened. And so it was EJ taken, 16th overall, with Geno being left out for the second round. Both QB's have pretty identical talent, so either one would have sufficed for the Jets or Bills. Geno may have said that the game against the QB that 1upd him in the draft meant nothing, but that certainly isn't the way he played. Aside Of A Couple Hiccups, Geno Looked Like An NFL QB For The First Time Now, I'm still not completely sold on him, but he's slightly turning me over into a believer. Finishing the day, 16/29, 331 in the air, 2 TD's, 2 INT's was something I didn't expect, nor did many people. Of course he had some help though, as did Sanchez in his rookie season, with stellar defensive play and a wide open run game. Bilal Powell has shocked non-supporters with his talent, ending his game with 149 yards rushing, on 27 attempts. Unfortunatley, Ivory pulled a hammy in the same leg that was injured earlier in August, and, like in camp, he will need approximately 2-3 weeks to recover. However with the way Powell has been running, it's not anything to worry about.  More after the jump... Santonio Holmes Is Finally Becoming The Receiver We've Been Paying Him To Be It only took, what, 4 years? A career-high in receiving yards at 159 with 5 receptions and a TD, and now we have ourselves a legitamte threat in the air. Holmes is close to 100%, if not there already, and it's really starting to show. He's nowhere near the, "angsty, all about me, I'm the man" player he was when he arrived here. He has definitely humbled himself for the better, and his character has impressed and has greatly helped out the rookie QB with his supreme talent. If he keeps this up, a Pro Bowl nod is in his future for 2013. Stephen Hill Held Onto The Ball, Well Imagine That Hill managed 3 catches good for 108 yards and a TD, his long being a 51 yarder for the score. On the first drive of the game him and Geno connected for a 45 yard catch that got the offense going. As long as Hill and Kerley continue to catch the ball, Geno will have endless options in Morniheg's WC offense. Forcing man coverage on everyone, enabling the receivers to get themselves open downfield. Since D-Backs can't just double up on Holmes the entire time now, this offense will continue to flow with improved and great route running. This Defense Will Terrorize You The Bills organization wanted to ease Manuel into his role, utilizing running backs more so than anything. But as the NFL knows by now, it's not so easy running into a Rex Ryan defense. Regardless if the RB is a fantasy monster, it's best not to start them against the Jets. Their feature back, CJ Spiller, had a total of 10 yards rushing, on 9 carries (went out with injury early). Their other back Fred Jackson, had a total of 72 yards on 7 carries—which is inflated, because his long was 59, after a missed tackle, and he was still caught before the endzone by great hustle via Cromartie. The Bills would settle for 3 points on that drive. EJ had to rely on his arm to get the job done, as was expected, and it didn't happen. Finishing the day 19/42, the defensive backs held their own, giving up 243 yards in the air, but only 1 TD to TE Scott Chandler. If the D-Backs gave up 500 yards in the air and only 1 TD, I'd be perfectly fine with that. However, the Bills continued to try and get their nasty run game going as much as it wasn't working, which took pressure off the secondary. It was head-scratching to see coming from the Bills OC, but against teams like Cincy and the Pats, that's not going to happen and the defensive backs need to be prepared. Sit Down And Have A Sack Eight, count em, eight sacks were forced by the defense on Sunday. Wilkerson accounted for two of them and a forced fumble, and he has surely become the leader of the defensive line. David Harris and Demario Davis each had a sack, as well, solidifying the interior and heart of the defense. They were flying all over the field, sideline to sideline on every play. It could've been the shaky O-Line by the Bills, but a trend is starting here for Gang Green. When playing NY there is one simple rule a team must follow: Get rid of the ball as quickly as possible. If a team chooses to challenge this rule, they will suffer the same fate as everyone else they've played this season, and inevitably be sacked or tackled for a loss. There's been rumors hovering around before the season started about the fate of Rex Ryan, and if he doesn't win a certain amount of games he'll surely be fired. I feel no longer is that the case, as you cannot possibly deny his genuis defense. He is the Nick Saban of the NFL defensively, and I'll take that over a shotty offense any day. The Biggest Disappointment Since there were only 2 turnovers on Sunday, it's hard to take anything bad out of the game. But there was one thing on everyones mind after the win: the record-breaking-mind-blowing 20 penalties totaling a loss of 168 yards, and they still came out with a win. If the penalties were cut in half the Jets probably would have won a lot by a larger margin, but this still cannot happen. I know I sound like a broken record here, but against better coached teams these penalities will ultimately be the downfall of the team. The team will get better soon, and Rex knows this as well.  "I know this team is going to get better, there's no way we can't. Twenty penalties? That's on my shoulders. No question about it, but I know we can get better." They will indeed get better as long as they stay disciplined. The Jets will have their ups and downs this season, but one thing is certain: playoffs or not, this is going to be a real fun team to watch grow and get better, week by week. Fun Fact: It was the first time since the Browns beat the Bears in 1951 that a team with 20 or more penalties still came out with a win. 
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