Let’s get right to the grades from yesterday’s win over the New Orleans Saints from MetLife Stadium:
QUARTERBACK: B- It’s hard to grade Geno on this one, because he wasn’t asked to do very much. 8-19 for 115 yards is not a great day through the air. What brings the grade up, however, is what ISN’T in the recap. He didn’t throw an interception, nor did he lose the ball via fumble.
Simply put, Geno Smith didn’t turn the ball over.
Geno played well yesterday, in that he managed the game well. He didn’t make mistakes, and when he had to, he made plays. He scrambled for 18 yards on the ground and one touchdown, all in key spots. He made the throws that he had to make as well. He took two sacks, but didn’t lose much on them at all. It was a mature performance for Geno Smith.
RUNNING BACKS: A The running attack pushed its will on the New Orleans Saints yesterday. The leader was clearly Chris Ivory, but when you average 5.5 yards per carry on the ground, and rush for nearly 200 yards (198), your running game has done something good.
Ivory led the way, making his best case to the Saints that they should have kept him around, running the ball 18 times for 139 yards and one score. Bilal Powell added nine carries for 29 yards. Geno Smith got in the act, scrambling six times for 18 yards. The backfield just looked terrific, and hopefully they can continue this momentum after the bye week.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: B- This was also a tough group to grade this week, only because they weren’t asked to do very much. Geno Smith only attempted 19 passes, which we all know from watching this team all year is a low number. But when they were asked to perform, they got it done.
Greg Salas made two huge catches, as did Zach Sudfeld. They posted 57 and 46 yards respectively, on two catches each, averaging over 20 yards per catch. When these guys were asked to play, they played well, which brings his grade, like Geno Smith’s, to a “B-”.
OFFENSIVE LINE: A I am not known to give out a lot of high grades, as you all know. However, one is more than deserved here. The offensive line, to me, had its best game in quite some time. For the most part, they kept Geno Smith clean. They gave up two coverage sacks, but the Jets didn’t lose any yardage on them. And on the ground, they posted 5.5 yards per carry, and 198 yards total. These are dominating figures that force us to give credit to the offensive line.