The Jets went on the road and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 30-28 to run their record to 3-2 on the season. It wasn’t easy, it never is but a win is a win. Here is the good, the bad and the ugly from Week 5:
1) Geno Smith’s poise – Geno Smith finished 16/20 with 199 yards, 3 touchdown and no turnovers. He was extremely poised when he needed to be leading his 3rd game-winning drive in the 4th quarter this year. He threw touchdowns to Cumberland, Kerley and Winslow as well as leading the final drive for the game-winning field goal. He had no turnovers which is most important.
2) Defense slows Falcons just enough – The Jets defense got tired in the 4th quarter but they played well against a very good offense especially up front. Muhammad Wilkerson was dominant was 7 tackles, 2 for loss and a sack. David Harris had 14 tackles and Sheldon Richardson had 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass defense. Cromartie was excellent on Julio Jones covering him man for man with no safety help for a lot of the night.
3) Balanced running attack helps Smith – The Jets averaged 5.2 yards per carry and Goodson was electric during the 1st half and Chris Ivory ran well also. Bilal Powell had an off night by his standards.