3) The rest of the 2013 draft class – In addition to Geno Smith’s success the other 4 starters from this year’s draft had good games. The much maligned Dee Milliner had his 2nd straight really good game limiting Mike Wallace to five catches for 25 yards and a touchdown. Wallace had 12 targets and Milliner was credited with five pass defenses as well as two interceptions. Milliner was beaten quickly on Wallace’s touchdown and was beaten twice on double moves but the passes were incomplete. He wasn’t perfect but he was an above average NFL corner today and that is more than he has been this year. Sheldon Richardson helped stop a 4th and 1 by Miami in the 3rd quarter and notched his second touchdown of the year playing the “Refrigerator Perry” role for the tying touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Richardson has had a season worthy of Defensive Rookie of the Year, and I hope he gets it. Brian Winters’ play has come on the past few games as he has progressed from someone who is not a capable NFL player to someone who could blossom with a full offseason. He missed time in training camp making his transition from tackle to guard even more difficult, couple that with the fact he played at a small school and the speed of the NFL was a problem for him. The game is just now slowing down for him. Even Tommy Bohanon had two carries for 12 yards during the 2 minute drill that led to Geno Smith’s go ahead touchdown run.
4) Marty Mornhinweg called a great game – From designed runs for Geno Smith, to a halfback pass out of the Wildcat, to passing 28 times and running 42 to controlling the tempo with the no-huddle for spurts it was an inspired game called by OC Marty Mornhinweg. The Jets rolled up 374 yards today compared to less than 200 the last time these two teams met. The team had 5 passing plays over 20 yards with three over 30 yards. Despite Chris Ivory leaving the game after five carries for 19 yards, Bilal Powell picked up the slack with 76 yards on 21 carries as well as a 30 yard pass to Jeff Cumberland on a halfback option. David Nelson had five catches for 66 yards, Santonio Holmes had three for 41 yards, Jeremy Kerley had five for 40 yards, Kellen Winslow had a 34 yard catch and Jeff Cumberland had a 30 yard grab.
5) None of the offense would have been possible without the stellar play from the offensive line – The offensive line played inspired football today notching their second straight game without a sack allowed. Smith was given a good amount of time to throw and had a clean area to set his feet for the most part. It was a terrific effort from the line as a whole against a difficult front. The Jets also rushed for 154 yards and was able to win the time of possession battle by almost five minutes. This was a group that was embarrassed the last time the two teams played so kudos to Mike Devlin, Anthony Lynn and Marty Mornhinweg for getting such a remarkable turnaround.