The Jets knew coming into the season that they have a great group of running backs that can win them a lot of games this season. Chris Johnson in his Jets debut showed us that vintage speed with 68 yards rushing on 13 carries and 5 catches (one for a touchdown). Chris Ivory also had a tremendous day. Ivory finished with 102 yards rushing on 10 carries, including the biggest play of the game, a 71 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. This two were fun to watch and should be all season if they can stay healthy.
After a couple of early mistakes that including an interception and a fumble, Geno Smith settled in an had a terrific first game of the year. He finished the afternoon 23/28, with 221 yards in the air with a touchdown. Smith also used his legs well, rushing for over 40 yards. Geno spread the wealth to a lot of different targets, connecting with seven different teammates. I liked what I saw from Geno and hope to see him build off this game.
Earlier this week, Raiders offensive lineman Austin Howard said the Jets can be "pushed around". I don't think that is true, as the Raiders finished with 25 yards rushing on the entire day. Maurice Jones-Drew finished with 11 yards on the ground, as the Jets front dominated. A bunch of different guys were contributing for the Jets on run defense including safety Calvin Pryor and Quinton Coples.