Big win for the Jets yesterday, staying in the playoff race, at least for the time being. Let’s get right to the grades for this week. Needless to say, they are a bit better than what we had to report last week.
QUARTERBACK: B+ Yesterday was a great comeback game for Geno Smith. 16-25 for 219 yards and one touchdown is the efficient outing we have been waiting for from this young man. Other than the one interception, he made good decisions, and was accurate with his throws. He used his legs to the tune of five carries for 50 yards and one touchdown as well.
His touchdown that came in the drive after his INT showed a lot. He didn’t get down, he fought back and played a terrific game. The only thing preventing the “A” was the one interception. Hey, I have to give him something to work for, can’t let him rest on his laurels.
RUNNING BACKS: B- Isn’t it fun to watch Chris Ivory work? I said it in the off-season, he runs like he is mad at the turf. He ran like an angry man yesterday, to the tune of 18 carries for 76 yards and one touchdown, from 15 yards out. Bilal Powell was not so lucky, running it eight times for 14 yards, 11 of them coming on one play. But Ivory’s performance was good enough to bring the grade to a “B”.
WIDE RECEIVERS AND TIGHT ENDS: B- It’s great to actually have receivers on the field. Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley actually being active was already a plus. And, they both played well. Kerley made a beautiful catch on his touchdown pass, pulling down the jump ball in front of multiple defenders. Santonio Holmes looked healthy and up to his old tricks. Kellen Winslow posted 61 yards on three catches, showing us what he can do when he is feeling healthy. Nobody had a “great” game, so I kept the grade to a “B”, but make no mistake, it was a step up for this group this week.
OFFENSIVE LINE: A- Got to give the big guys up front a big grade for their performance this week. Geno was sacked only once, giving him pretty much a clean game. He had sufficient time to play an efficient game that we outlined earlier. The running game averaged 4.5 yards per carry, led by Chris Ivory’s 18 carries for 76 yards. All in all a great afternoon for the line.