Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the field before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Monday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

Well, the Jets DID enter the record book yesterday. No, it wasn’t in any way something we wanted to see, but still. For anyone who doesn’t remember what I am talking about, the Jets set a record yesterday when the became the first team to alternate win/loss over the first ten games of a season. Sometimes to deal with this team, you have to try to find that silver lining, though it isn’t very bright.

It was a total debacle yesterday afternoon from Orchard Park, NY, as the Bills absolutely pummelled the New York Jets by a score of 37-14. Frankly, the score wasn’t as close as indicated. The Jets didn’t have a chance from the moment it began, and it ended with Geno Smith being benched in favor of Matt Simms. They couldn’t run, pass, or stop anyone. Otherwise, the Jets did what they had to do.

There isn’t a lot to break down here. The Bills ran 20 points on the board in the second quarter, and never looked back. The offense of the Bills did all of that without their top two wide receivers, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods. At 20-28, 245 yards and two TDs, E.J. Manuel was efficient. Did the Bills have E.J. control the game with his arm, throwing it up and down the field? No, but he made the throws he had to make, and THAT was what made the difference yesterday afternoon.

And then there was Geno Smith. His growing pains were felt all over the roster yesterday, as Geno took a major step backwards against the Buffalo Bills. Geno did not look good. Part of the problem was pressure on the quarterback, as Geno had no time to throw all day. He was sacked four times, and were in his face the entire game. His stats for the game were just bad: 8-23 for 103 yards and three interceptions. Geno continues to make bad decisions , and it is what makes you worry. Matt Simms had some success coming into the game in relief, but the game was far out of reach.

The run defense was its normal self, allowing only 68 net yards rushing. You would think that would have made a recipe for success against a team without its top two wide receivers. The problem was how bad they played against the pass. The Jets had the ball go over their head on deep balls too many times. I still believe Antonio Cromartie is hurt, watching him get beaten like a drum yet again. Something is not right.

I guess this means we beat the Ravens next week, though, right?

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  • Paul Newbold

    Just growing pains. The offensive line is anything but consistent in their play. The quarter back play has been sub par, but Geno is a rookie project, and we all knew that going into the season. The highly touted depth at corner back hasn’t produced and the safety position remains an issue. This is a young team, with a ton of new starters, being led by a rookie quarterback. The ups and downs are to be expected, on both sides of the ball. They have flashed and shown the potential this team can achieve when firing on all cylinders. It’s going to take need to be patient. The calls for Simms to start are premature, Geno needs the reps to grow and mature, and the Jets need a full season of Smith to realistically evaluate the position. This is still a rebuilding season, even though they got us excited in the playoff race. They will improve as the season goes on, and the Jets are in a good position for next season. Hang in their Jets fans….we’ve been here before!

  • Joe Willie

    I hate to say it but Im having major doubts about Geno and for the 1st time –having said that our O-line played like crap—PFF says Mangold is on the decline bigtime—I been a jet fan 46 yrs and Ive never seen CB play this bad—bring back Arron Glenn and Rosco Word—Millnier is scary bad.