For those of you new to this column, it has nothing to do with airplanes. It is simply our term for giving out game balls. We will pick 3-4 top performers each week, and give them their “wings”. So, who earned their wings this week:
- Geno Smith: It wasn’t pretty, but Geno got the job done, his first win in his debut as an NFL starter. He went 24-38, 256 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. He also led the ground game with 47 yards. For the most part, his decision making was solid. He got better as the game went along. Good debut.
- Damon Harrison: It was a big game, for Big Dame. He earned the start, ahead of Kenrick Ellis at nose tackle, and posted 5 tackles, 4 solo. He was in the backfield providing pressure on almost every play. Great job out of him.
- Kellen Winslow, Jr: An excellent game for Winslow, providing an excellent safety valve weapon for Geno. He caught 7 passes for 79 yards and 1 TD, and looked good doing it.
- Defensive front: I’m going to give one to every member of the Jets’ front seven today, for the excellent job they did. Sheldon Richardson, Mo Wilkerson, Antwan Barnes with the pressure, Demario with a huge tackle on Vincent Jackson from behind…they were all great. We will be in a lot of games if the defense plays this well.
Anyone you guys would give “wings” to?