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.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS:B
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.