Tuesday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (87) runs after a catch in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning Jets fans! What a great night, wasn’t it? The Jets stunned the Falcons last night with a 30-28 win, running their record to 3-2, just one game out of first place. Let’s get to the “happy” recap.

We have to talk about how Geno Smith grew up last night. The maturity that showed in this young man was exciting to watch. He was smart with the football, and when he went down for sacks, he protected the football. He had by far his best game of the year so far, going 16-20 for 199 yards and three touchdowns.

Aside from numbers, what Geno Smith did was make plays when they had to be made. In the first half, when the Falcons went down the field to go up 7-3, Geno and the Jets took the ball right back down the field on them, and he threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland to take the lead back. Geno kept his head on straight and got the job done.

And then, how about the drive at the end of the game? The Falcons go up 28-27 with two minutes to go, the crowd is going crazy, and the Jets take over. Does Geno get intimidated? Heck no. He hit three different receivers, even Clyde Gates, scrambled for another few yards, and set the Jets up for the game winning field goal by Nick Folk.

Three gold stars for Geno Smith for his play last night.

The Jets didn’t get a lot of yardage from any one running back, but they did get contributions from all three running backs, which added up to 5.4 yards per carry on the ground. Mike Goodson acquitted himself quite well in his debut three carries for 32 yards. Ivory had some burst on four carries for 27 yards, and Bilal Powell added 12 carries for 38 yards, including the big first down at the end of the game that set up the winning field goal.

By the way, there is a lot of talk about Matty-Ice on the Falcons, what about Nicky-Ice? It sounds like a Mafia name, but it definitely holds true. Nick Folk has not missed a big kick for this team, EVER! For anything I have ever said about this young man, I take it all back. Nick Folk is one heck of a kicker.

It was also a coming out party for Jeff Cumberland, with three catches for 79 yards and the twenty yard TD. Kellen Winslow added a beautiful TD near the sidelines as well. The position might just become a force for this team.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Geno and the offense played well, well Geno played spectacular. That performance should quiet the calls for Simms! Defensive line came to play, they dominated for the most part. The penalties continue and the tackling in the secondary was ugly at times. Glad to get the win! Marty and Geno are the stars of this game!

    • Alan Schechter

      Agreed with all of that Paul.