New York Jets Week Six Report Card

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Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

We know it was a rough day yesterday from MetLife. No need to dwell on the final score, let’s just get right to the grades.

QUARTERBACK: C+ Yesterday was a step back for Geno Smith. 19-34 for 201 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. Not only did he have two interceptions, but they were the worst kind, red zone interceptions. They weren’t the long bomb interceptions that work out like punts. The team didn’t move the ball consistently, and they gave the ball up in the red zone. I’m not calling for Simms, but we have to call it as we see it with Geno’s play.

RUNNING BACKS: C+ The Jets worked hard to establish the run early in this one. Rex Ryan admitted that the playbook was a bit more “conservative” this week. The group never really took control, early in the game, when they had a chance. Bilal Powell led the way with 30 yards, Mike Goodson with 29, and Chris Ivory with sixteen. They didn’t establish well early in the game, and by the time the second half came around, the lead expanded and the Jets had to leave the running game alone a bit.

WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: B This group suffered greatly without Santonio Holmes and Kellen Winslow. Geno Smith was lacking weapons that were getting open for him consistently. But, when they were open, they did catch the football. Clyde Gates actually led the team in receptions! I never thought that sentence would be uttered in the history of mankind. Jeff Cumberland is also becoming quite the weapon from the tight end position. Although he didn’t catch a touchdown, he did four receptions for 59 yards.

For what they had, they performed pretty well.

OFFENSIVE LINE: B+ The offensive line did not perform that badly. The running game did average over four yards per carry. Geno Smith did have time, for the most part, to make his throws. The Jets’ offensive line is improving each and every week. Brian Winters played much better than he did last week as well, proving he will be a welcome addition, as opposed to our ex, Mr. Ducasse.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    I see the haters, negative fans, clowns are all out in force again after a Jet loss. They come out after a Jets win as well but tend to hide it better. You know where you guys can go right?

  • Paul Newbold

    I think your grades were fair. It was a tough loss for this team. Marty called an “odd” game I thought, Holmes was missing last week and Winslow was quiet except for the big TD in the back of the end zone. So basically Geno had the same tools as last week, the offense just never hit full stride. Defensively, the front line is really coming on, while the secondary seems to have been exposed. Cromartie may have been better sitting this one out, he surely wasn’t even close to 100%. The rest of the bunch didn’t cover well and Big Ben took advantage. They did tackle better then last week, but this group needs an upgrade. Geno made some more rookie mistakes, but it is to be expected. Tough one to watch, but this team is still growing up.

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