Dec 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) jumps into the stands after a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in the second half during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Week Sixteen: Earning Their Wings


The Jets brought the their home schedule to an end yesterday, and did so in exciting fashion. They topped the Cleveland Browns by a score of 24-13, running their overall record to 7-8, and their home record to 6-2. Here are the guys that “Earned Their Wings” this week:

GENO SMITH: Hats off to the quarterback this week, who may have played his most complete game of the entire season yesterday. He made quality decisions, the entire way. He didn’t take a sack, nor did he turn the ball over. When it wasn’t there, he either ran, or got rid of the football. He went 20-36 for 214 yards through the air with two touchdown passes. He added 10 rushes for 48 yards and the game-icing touchdown.

CHRIS IVORY: Chris Ivory was doing his thing yesterday, running like he was mad at the grass. And this time, Marty let him get it done, with 20 carries for 109 yards. It was a great job out of him.

DAVID NELSON: David earned his wings not just for what he did on the field, but what he did off of it as well. For the game, he caught four passes, two of them for touchdowns. But off the field, he hosted a 15-year-old orphan, whom all he wanted was a family, on a trip to NYC to take in Christmas in New York. For all of the bad stories we hear in sports, this is one that is a great story, and one worth emphasis.

DEE MILLINER: How could we not be proud of the game Dee Milliner had? It was like he “got it”, all at once. He played quite well, often taking on Josh Gordon, breaking up six passes. He also recorded eight tackles and one interception. Great job.

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