Tennessee Titans 38 New York Jets 13: Quick Hits

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Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Zach Brown (55) celebrates with corner back Alterraun Verner (20) after recovering a fumble against the New York Jets during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Jets 14-10. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

The first quarter of the season is complete and the Jets are 2-2. They lost today to the Titans in Tennessee in ugly fashion. Here are the quick hits:

1) Geno Smith’s ball security was terrible – In the first half Smith threw two bad interceptions and lost a fumble when he did not protect the ball with two hands. In the second half he tried to switch the ball from one hand to the other while he was being sacked behind his back and lost it for a Tennessee touchdown. Smith’s turnovers let the Titans have 28 points off of those turnovers as the defense could not bail them out. Smith was almost sacked for a safety when a screen went bad and he was not outside of the tackle box. He did not have an awareness of where he was on the field just like in the Giants preseason game. He also got forced out of bounds on a 3rd down scramble that he could have made more of an effort to get by cutting back inside and taking the hit. These are the ups and downs of a rookie quarterback as he had 3 really good 3rd down throws for completions on 3rd and longs but he needs to get past this because he gave the Jets no chance to win with his play.  Smith was 23/34 for 289 yards with one TD (Cumberland) and two interceptions. Holmes only had one catch on five targets for 25 yards and left with a hamstring injury. Winslow had 6 catches for 72 yards. Kerley had 4 catches for 65 yards.

2) Defense cannot stop Jake Locker - Locker lit the Jets up in the first half to the tune of 16-19 for 130 yards and three touchdowns. That included a backbreaking touchdown on the last play of the 1st half to blow the game open. When his first read was open his decisions were immediate and correct. He has still not had a turnover this season in stark comparison to Geno Smith’s 10 for the year. As good as the Jets were at taking Chris Johnson out of the game and as good as the pass rush continues to be with two more sacks in the first half (Barnes, Pace) the Jets are not covering well in the secondary with Walls getting torched especially as well as the fact they are not forcing turnovers. Smith needs the help of having short fields and the defense needs to help him out. Wilkerson knocked Locker out of the game in the 3rd quarter with a semi-late hit that seemed to break Locker’s hip. That brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick who was terrible but even he threw a 77 yard touchdown to Nate Washington that was aided by the referee not getting out of the way and Cromartie getting beat on a double move.

3) Bilal Powell continues to impress - Bilal Powell had 9 carries for 51 yards in the first half as well as a catch on a check down that he turned into 36 yards on his own. A lot of the yardage was up the middle then cutting back the same as last week. He looks like one of the top backs in the league right now and a very pleasant surprise. However score and situation took him away in the second half as he finished with 66 yards on 14 carries and 3 catches for 42 yards.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Ugly was an understatement. Growing pains for Geno Smith, rookie mistakes that were expected, The offensive line played poorly in pass protection once again. I was hoping Walls would make a showing for himself, but was burned badly. The secondary has been exposed for its weakness, and even a good pass rush couldn’t help them out. It’s way too early to give up on Geno Smith, but on some sites the fans are already calling for Simms! He’s a rookie and cost them a game with rookie mistakes, he’s not the first rookie to struggle in his first year, nor the last. Calm down Jet fans, this season is going to have its bumps along the way.