New York Jets Week Three Report Card

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The first matchup between Rex Ryan and his “brother” Mike Pettine was won by Rex, as the Jets took down their divisional rival Bills, 27-20. Without further adieu, let’s get right to the report card grades for this week.


Geno Smith performed quite well yesterday. Not only did he complete over 50% of his passes (55%), he threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns. The best thing about his performance was his ability to have a short memory, as we talked about earlier today. He kept his head up, and responded from the two interceptions that he threw with two touchdowns, one to Stephen Hill and one to Santonio Holmes. Geno made a big step forward.

It only becomes a “B+” because of the two bad interceptions. They were both on Geno, as the defense had him totally fooled. That will improve as he plays, but it brings down the grade to a B+ for now, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that he played quite well.


That may seem generous, but Bilal Powell earned the grade all by himself. After Ivory tweaked his hamstring, Bilal took over and ran the rock like he had something to prove. 27 carries for 149 yards is one heck of a day. The Jets needed him to step up, to take the pressure off of Geno Smith, and that is exactly what he did.


Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes were huge for the Jets. They held onto the football and put up huge numbers. Hill caught three passes for 108 yards, Holmes five for 154. They both recorded scores that were longer than 50 yards. When does that happen with a Jets’ offense? A quarter to never, that’s when. How exciting was that to watch?

It was great to watch them actually catch the football as well. Isn’t it nice when the guys actually help out their quarterback? Then, he doesn’t feel the need to force the football, and make plays that he can’t make on his own. Good work.

Jeremy Kerley added two receptions for 25 yards early, including a long third down conversion. However, we didn’t hear anything from him after those two catches. The tight ends weren’t open much either. Jeff Cumberland recorded 3 catches for 26 yards, and Kellen Winslow was invisible.

Better tight end performances, and a couple of more catches for Kerley would have brought this up to an “A”, rather than a solid “B”.


Vladimir Ducasse did record four penalties, which reminded us of the old Vlad, rather than the new Vlad that began to emerge last week. However, when the group renders Mario Williams useless, allows no sacks, and opened up room for 182 yards rushing, there is no way not to give the line an “A-”.

Dump the penalties, and this grade would have been even higher.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Over all it was probably B+. As you pointed out Ivory hasn’t shown much, but Powell excelled. The O line kept Smith upright and he appeared poised and confident, making some beautiful throws. Geno is the player of the game without a doubt. D line is just beginning to come into its own, the return of Coples is another good sign, but Richardson really is showing why the Jets picked him in the 1 st round. I still worry about our secondary, yes Manuel was less then 50%, but I credit most of that to our D line, he ran for his life most of the day. They need to bench Wilson, too many penalties and blown coverage’s as well. Some day the Jets will learn to cover a tight end, let’s face it the Bills don’t have a premier TE. Just once in my lifetime I’d like the Jets to have production out of a TE as well. Oh well, good game, glad to see them get the WIN!!!

    • Alan Schechter

      It is rough to watch Wilson play some times. OK maybe all the time. The D line is already so good, and it is only going to get better, which is a scary thought for opposing teams.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Overall it’s probably a B+ but easily could be an A+ if they clean up some mistakes that are not that difficult to fix. Whenever an offense produces over 500 yards of offense and a defense has 8 sacks and is as dominant as they were on Sunday this bodes well for the future. Funny how the “experts” called the Jets the worst team in the league and now some are actually saying they have a shot at the playoffs! Hypocrisy knows no bounds!

    • Alan Schechter

      Exactly right. I am sure ESPN is crying for rating us the worst team in football.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Our great coach, and I mean that, should never have allowed that rat Pettine to run the defense the
    last two years. The first two years the defense was great while with
    Pettine running the operation it went all the way down to 8th best last
    year and with an inability to get off the field on 3rd downs! Pettine
    is showing the same issues running the Bills defense. While the Jets
    will have a great defense that is getting off the field on 3rd downs.
    The best thing that happened last year was that the rat left the ship
    forcing Rex to take over the defense again. Don’t make the same mistake
    again Rex, run the damn defense.

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  • Joe Willie

    I said all along we had one of the best D-lines in the NFL but now Antwan Barnes, Demario Davis, and David Harris are playing lights out this defense can be better then 09. IF.. Geno keeps improving and we are lucky and stay healthy -the sky is the limit boys .