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.
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.