The Jets defeated the Giants last night 24-21 in overtime to claim the Snoopy Bowl. It was a rough game for the Jets offensively but a very good one defensively and with that said here is the good, the bad and the ugly.
1) The Jets defensive line – The Jets dominated the Giants poor offensive line last night as Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson were consistently in the backfield whether it be blowing up the running game or pressuring Eli Manning. After an opening play 84 yard touchdown run the Jets held the Giants to 55 yards on 22 carries many of them were late when the 3rd stringers were in. Eli Manning finished 8/20 for 83 yards and looked confused by what the Jets were throwing at him. Wilkerson was lined up as a linebacker on a few plays where he rushed the quarterback. The Jets got sacks from Richardson, Leger Douzable and Tevita Finau.
2) Geno Smith’s 2 touchdown drives – Geno Smith definitely played like a rookie last night and one that might need to hold a clipboard for a while until he is ready but there were bright spots. Smith was poised and looked in control on two touchdown drives that he led. The first was an 8 play 86 yard drive on the Jets second possession where Smith went 4/5 for 41 yards and a 22 yard touchdown to Ben Obomanu that required some patience for him to get open. The next scoring drive Geno led was the one to start the 3rd quarter where he was 3/3 for 50 yards in a 7 play 62 yard drive capped off by a Bilal Powell touchdown run out of the wildcat. Smith also showed deft touch on a couple of screen pass, threw a nice deep ball to Hill for 32 yards, and has a good, strong arm.
3) Receiver standouts – Ben Obamanu had another good game with 3 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Obamanu has found the ability to get open either in man or find a spot in a zone. That coupled with his special team ability will probably garner him a roster spot. Stephen Hill caught all 4 of the balls sent his way for 56 yards including a 32 yard catch from Smith. Hill lost his cool and was baited into an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and fumbled his final catch of the game. I think Hill’s hands and route running are definitely improved over last year and he will benefit from Santonio Holmes coming back and less attention focused on him defensively. Ryan Spadola continues to impress having 3 catches for 110 yards including the go-ahead touchdown with 2 minutes to go on a laser from Simms as well as a 70 yard grab in overtime on a scramble play that set up the game winning field goal. Spadola had a ball he caught from Smith ripped out of his arms by Amukamara for an interception. The ball was slightly behind Spadola but he should have been strong enough to not let the defender steal the ball from him. Kellen Winslow also had a nice night and cemented his roster spot with 4 catches for 35 yards. He has a nice chemistry with Smith and is a good safety valve to have.
4) Robert Malone nailed down the punting job with an excellent showing with 4 punts averaging nearly 57 yards per kick. The kicks had good hang time as well. Quigley shanked one punt and only averaged 37 yards per punt on his 4 chances.
5) Santonio Holmes ran at full speed and cut hard in the pregame and looked very good doing it according to those watching him. Holmes was activated from the PUP list on Friday and should begin practice this week.