1) Geno’s one big mistake – Smith had a perfect 1st drive for a touchdown and then had the team at the Patriot’s 20 on drive number two but on 2nd and 10 he inexplicably threw to David Nelson who was locked down man to man by Logan Ryan who intercepted the pass and returned it for a touchdown. The Jets aren’t good enough on most days to overcome a 14 point swing like that. Give Smith credit he does not pout after his errors. He seems unfazed and continues to attack. He definitely improved from the 1st to the 2nd matchup with the Patriots and that is the sign of a good quarterback.
2) The defense cannot finish again – Week 1 they allowed a Tampa field goal with less than a minute remaining before winning, Week 3 they allowed a penalty filled drive that allowed Buffalo to tie a game the Jets dominated before the Jets won it later, Week 5 they allowed Atlanta to come from behind with two 4th quarter touchdowns giving up a 13 point lead before driving for the winning field goal and today they could not stop the Patriots who they were dominating with two minutes left, up three points with the Patriots at their own 16 yard line. As soon as the team stops attacking it becomes vulnerable and once it becomes vulnerable it is hard to get back on track. They have been lucky to be able to have covered up these mistakes so far but they need to reverse this trend immediately.
3) Penalties again – The Jets had nine penalties for 45 yards. Seven of those penalties were pre-snap penalties: five offsides (one declined), two false starts and one too many men on the field. The other two were an unavoidable defensive holding by Allen on Gronkowski preventing a catch and likely saving a touchdown and the other was a borderline offensive pass interference call against Stephen Hill that was a penalty just not one called that often. I understand the Jets are an EXTREMELY aggressive team but there is no excuse for five offsides penalties. Watch the ball and wait for it to move, that’s it.
There is no ugly when the Jets beat the Patriots!