Friday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs New England Patriots

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) carries the ball during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Ivory got his game going last night, which was great to see. We saw him running downhill, and he began to look like the guy we wanted to see coming over from New Orleans, running the ball 12 times for 52 yards to lead all running backs on the night. Bilal Powell added 13 carries for 48 yards and one touchdown. As a whole, the Jets recorded more than two times the rushing yards of New England, 129 to 54. It is a great sign moving forward if Ivory and the running game are starting to roll.

Did anyone notice that we didn’t hear Vince Wilfork’s name often last night? Amazingly enough, the reason behind that was Vladimir Ducasse. I have been as big of a critic of Vlad’s as all of you have been, but we have to give credit where credit is due. Vlad took Vince out of plays, often in one-on-one matchups. Great job out of Vlad, improvement is always good.

Aside for a couple of blown coverages, you have to take your hat off to the defense as a whole. They fought the entire night, and continued to give the ball back to the offense with the chance to tie or take the lead. The offense just couldn’t capitalize. Any time, I don’t care about the weather, that you hold the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots to 13 points, you must win that football game.

By the way, good job out of Rex for benching the young Dee Milliner.  He is right, as he said in the press conference, sometimes it is helpful to watch.  He will get better, but right now he is getting beaten badly and needs to not play as many snaps.  Let him alternate with Kyle for a while.

Just as an aside, bad move to lose their cool by D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Willie Colon. Yes, there should have been penalties against New England during the fight as well, but there are no excuses for losing your cool like that, and throwing a punch or touching an official. We can only hope they aren’t suspended for next week’s game against Buffalo.

Fact is this, we are going to endure games like this with a rookie quarterback. Miracles cannot be expected, growing pains are the norm. Geno Smith will have great moments this year, and he will get better. But, he will have bad moments, and three interceptions in the fourth quarter will be up there among the worst.

But, that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach a game against the Patriots that we could have won. Well, onward to next week, where we bring our 1-1 record home to face the Buffalo Bills next week.

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  • Bennny K

    The drops were horrible. We can’t force a rookie QB to try and win over and over again with all these mistakes. Understandably Geno made rookie mistakes but at times he looked like the vet playing with rookies.

    • Alan Schechter

      Yes he did…..some good throws were definitely dropped, these guys have to help Geno out.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Geno will be fine, he made some rookie mistakes, but that should be expected. This game was far closer then it should have been, if the Pats receivers caught the ball, it would have been a blowout. The secondary is a major concern, safety play was poor again, and the CB’s were horrendous. Walls showed potential with some good coverage, but Comartie struggled early, his hip might be more of a concern then we were led to believe. Miller and Wilson played poorly as well, and the secondary overall struggled with their assignments.. It was ugly and Rex left the field frustrated and more then a bit angry.Remember the Pats starters were injured, and their replacements still beat our corners consistently. The run game showed signs of life, but the O line needs to pass protect better. Not much pressure from the D line, and at times they looked confused as well. Our receivers dropped some well thrown balls, and Holmes is not 100%. Keep it all in perspective though, the Jets are rebuilding, starting rookies, and these struggles will continue, call them growing pains. And one other note: punt return were a joke, no returner on 3 returns? and when they did put a returner back, it was to fair catch the ball! It didn’t help much in the field position game, leaving Geno with a long field.

    • Alan Schechter

      All good points. We certainly do have to endure growing pains with Geno. And the secondary has its scary moments. I like Walls a lot, if he began to steal some playing time, I don’t think I would be disappointed. God help us if Cro is not healthy.

    • matr dontelli iii

      The returner is definitely an issue and I hope it’s addressed sooner than later. Wilson is not an answer here either. I know you’re not a fan of Rex, but there really was no point in leaving Wilson out there. We got our best return on a punt that took a ‘jets bounce’. It looked like we got close to blocking one though close doesn’t help of course.

      • Paul Newbold

        Lankster was a returner in college, he’s excelled at special teams,I thought maybe they’d give him a try. Anybody though, maybe use Sanchez’s roster spot to bring in a veteran who can at least fair catch them! No returner, going for the block by the numbers rarely succeeds, they need to address this.