New York Jets Week 5: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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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:

Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) celebrates in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Jets won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

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.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Well covered Craig. This game didn’t need to be this close, but glad to have the win. I’d add special teams were much improved and provided a spark. Cro and Walls upped their game for this one, but the secondary tackled poorly adding some extra yards to the Falcons receptions. Geno proved he can be a huge plus for this team, the addition of a healthy backfield helped as well. The Jets still need to find a way to cover a TE, last night they struggled, though given they were up against a future hall of famer. Lots of good to be taken away from this one though!