Friday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs New England Patriots

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to make a pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the morning after, gang. It was a tough night in Foxboro for our New York Jets. They hung in there, and to their credit, did not quit all night. However, they couldn’t get a play when they needed one, and fell to the New England Patriots, 13-10. Here’s the recap.

This was a game of missed opportunities, folks. We all know that was the case. It’s not often that Tom Brady is off the mark with his wide receivers that badly. His guys were zigging when they should have been sagging. The reads they were making were not the same as Tom was making, and frustration was setting in with Tom Brady.

The Patriots could not convert on third down either. They were 4-18 on the game, which is about as non-Patriot like as ever. The defense did stand tall, and kept the team in the game, but the Patriots’ offense was not in sync at all. The Jets had opportunities to win this football game. They were there.

But the Jets could not capitalize. Geno Smith was not helped out by his wide receivers last night, period. Clyde Gates had a drop in the end zone. Ryan Spadola had one taken away from him. Stephen Hill had a fumble after a completion out to mid-field. There were drops all over the place, and that never helps, especially with a rookie quarterback out there.

It was a rough night for Geno Smith as well. This was a game where we saw how much of a rookie that Geno really is. The drops affected his decision-making, making him hesitant to throw to these guys at times. He held the ball far too long in the pocket. Geno’s internal clock has to be more consistent than that. He also had some bad throws on his INT’s. The first one, being in the red zone, was a killer. The other two were bad throws as well, not well placed at all. In this league, underthrows are going to get picked off. Regardless of the weather conditions, he has to put more air under those throws.

No doubt, Geno Smith will get better, but throws like that cost the team last night. He took the blame during the post game, to his credit. He finished up 15-35 for 214 yards and three interceptions.

Don’t get me wrong, there were positives last night. We’ll discuss them on the next page.

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