This game reminds me of the game last year vs the Dolphins when Revis tore his ACL. The Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter MIssed a field goal and gave the jets kickER FOlk a chance to win later on in Overtime. The jets know how to squeak out wins since rex Ryan started here but this brought it to a whole new level.
Did Geno Smith FLOP?? Maybe. Geno is two inches taller then David and only eleven pounds lighter than David. Flopping is not a penalty in the NFL, its strategy. Geno finished the game going 24-38, throwing for 256 yards with one touchdown, one interception, and one fumble. He had a QB rating of 80.6, Sanchez hasn't had a QB Rating better than that since 13 of last season. In Sanchez' first season he didn't have a QB rating of 80.6 or better until week 5 in a loss to the Miami Dolphins. Smith got sacked five times so he needs to learn to throw the ball away, on one sack he ran back 19 yards until falling down. On the last drive of the game Geno Smith threw two balls to Winslow, one dropped one caught for 25 yards. Then he ran out of bounds and got pushed and Nick Folk won the game. His poise and patience proved to Jets fans that he has what it takes to play like an NFL QB, but we need to be patient with him this season.
On Defense Demario Davis a second year LB led the team with eight tackles. Muhammed Wilkerson and Antwan Barnes had a sack. Rookie DL Sheldon Richardson and Calvin Pace shared a split sack. Finally safety Dawan Landry had an interception right after Geno SMith threw an interception. The jets defense also forced a safety after QB Josh Freeman didn't hike the ball and the center thought he did. Freeman ran back to the end zone and DE Barnes chased Freeman for the ball. Freeman kicked the ball out of the end zone for a safety. Folk who looked liked he wouldn't be on this team at some points during the pre-season went 3-3 with the game winner.
Overall I give the jets a grade of B+. Geno played well, defense was lights out, special teams was rather good, the coaching was mostly good besides some timeout issues. The running game although they only had 29 carries needs major improvement. No one ran for more than 47 yards and Geno SMith ran for those 47 yards. The Offensive line played well for most of the game but at times geno was being chased by pitbulls out there. The O-Line could use some work as well.
The jets play this thursday @ New England 8:20 on the NFL Network or your local CBS affiliate station.