Monday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

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Sep 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) at MetLife Stadium before the game against the Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The young man to the left did a whole lot of maturing before our very eyes yesterday.

First of all, the stats were terrific. 16-29 for 331 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions is a very nice afternoon for ANY quarterback, much less a rookie. All game long, Geno looked decisive with the football, made good reads, and hit the open man. The offensive line gave him a ton of time, not allowing a single sack.

Geno Smith had control, poise and a short memory. On the first drive, an eight yard quarterback draw put the Jets up 7-0. Early in the second quarter, Geno was baited into a bad interception by our old buddy Jim Leonhard. Instead of falling into a slump of trying to do too much, Geno led the Jets on their next drive on six play touchdown drive, culminating in a 51 yard TD strike to Stephen Hill.

An interception in the third quarter did not phase Geno either, as he hung in there, and it Santonio Holmes with the game winning 69 yard TD pass to put win the game 27-20. This offense is close to being outstanding. With two touchdowns of over 50 yards, and four plays over 40, Marty already has them better. The next step is going to be to be able to put the dagger in when they have the chance. They had several chances to go up by two scores and put the game out of reach early in the second half, but weren’t able to.

If they can do that, they will improve by leaps and bounds, and they will do it fast.

Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill (84) celebrates after a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Geno got a great deal of help yesterday as well. The wide receiver drops were down, and the guys made plays on the outside. Stephen Hill was terrific with three receptions for 108 yards and the 51 yard TD catch, showing the big-play ability that he was drafted for. Santonio Holmes continued his return to form with five catches for 154 yards and the game winner, a 69 yard TD pass.

If Santonio is healthy, and Stephen Hill is getting the job done, all of a sudden this offense has some weapons that we didn’t think it had.

A career day from Bilal Powell didn’t hurt either. Chris Ivory left the game early after tweaking his hamstring, so the Jets needed Bilal Powell to step up, and he did. 27 carries for 149 yards, a terrific day by Bilal. As this time, Chris Ivory’s status has not been announced, but the Jets may have to ride Powell for a while.

One more point, even though they did have the penalties, at least Vlad did, the offensive line had a nice afternoon. Any time you can render Mario Williams useless, you had a good day. Kudos to the guys up front.

There is what to improve on, no doubt, but there were a lot of encouraging signs in yesterday’s win. The biggest part is the Jets 2-1 record as they head into a difficult part of the schedule.

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  • Joe Willie

    Both Jet lines out physicaled the Bills -some mental lapses when the refs were going flag happy—Geno and Holmes finally got some good practice time in and we seen the results as each games passes this young team will get better and better—Jet fans stop listening to the lame know nothing media heads and get your expectations way up –at least to be in the playoff run in December. I said the Jets would win more games then the Giants this year but I didn’t think the blue boys would suck this bad lol.

    • Alan Schechter

      It works for me Joe

  • Frank Antonelli

    Amazing how quiet things are when the Jets win. The haters have to hide in shame! Here are a few takeaways from the game:

    (1) Geno was the right choice. He may indeed be our long sought franchise QB. The idiot Bills will regret that decision almost as much as hiring the rat Pettine.

    (2) Rex is a GREAT defensive coach and showed it in 2009 and 2010. He made a grave error turning the reins over to the rat Pettine. 2011 and 2012 were seasons that the Jets were awful on 3rd down defense, Pettine has brought that to the Bills! While the Jets are now back to being a great 3rd down defense.

    (3) Mevis was over-rated. CB are not QBs and should not be paid at that level. I hope Mevis enjoys a horrible losing season in that hinterland he knows inhabits.

    (4) The MEVIS TRADE might go down in Jets history as the best trade this franchise has EVER made! Richardson is the real deal. Plus we have all the cash to spend next off-season plus at least a 4rd round pick but probably a 3rd round pick since the Bucs probably won’t cut him since that would make them look more inept then they really are. Imagine that 3rd round pick being a late 2nd round pick since the Bucs will be picking near the top of the third round!!!!

    (5) The defense is good but will become great when Coples is fully healthy and they get Milliner up to speed on the coverages. Milliner will be a beast by the end of the year.

    (6) Suddenly the second four game stretch doesn’t look so daunting with the Steelers collapsing, the Patriots not that tough and the Bengals definitely vulnerable.

    Conclusion: We’re headed to the playoffs and Mevis can watch us on TV!

    • Alan Schechter

      Fair points on all accounts Frank.

  • Paul Newbold

    Good game, especially for Geno Smith. The stats speak for themselves, imagine when he matures a bit more and doesn’t throw the 2 picks! The pressure the Jets applied stymied the Bills offense, great to see them getting to the QB!! Offensively they were quite good as well, the pass to Stephen Hill was a sight to behold, and Powell went a long way to prove he can carry the load. Only sad note offensively is that Ivory is a walking injury, defensively Wilson needs to be benched, someone has to be able to cover better then that!!

    • Alan Schechter

      Agreed Paul. It is tough to watch Ivory, as he could be so good, but he is never healthy. It was a great day otherwise, got to be out at MetLife yesterday.