The Giants defeated the Jets 35-24 to win the Snoopy Bowl. However the Jets starters played their most complete game of the preseason and although many questions still remain the 2014 New York Jets are taking shape.
1) Geno Smith extremely sharp – Geno Smith finished 9/14 for 137 yards with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. He also ran for 17 yards on three carries. Smith had exceptional ball placement with none even close to being intercepted, stayed in under pressure and went through progressions making good choices. He didn’t try to force things on 3rd and long and would have put up more points if it weren’t for a very weak holding call on Winters before halftime that negated a 20 yard pass to Kerley and two drops in the red zone (Sudfeld, Decker). The Jets have their starting quarterback and one that is significantly improved over last year.
2) The offense gets in rhythm in the 1st half – The Jets unleashed an arsenal full of screen passes, intermediate 20 yard routes along with some crossing routes. Smith completed his nine passes to seven different receivers, including three to Jace Amaro, one of which was a touchdown. Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory combined for 62 yards on 11 carries, which is around 6 yards per carry. Smith was sacked once and under pressure a couple of other times but the offensive line for the most part held up in both the running and passing game. The Jets can beat you running the ball or with multiple tight ends or by isolating players in good match ups, all of which Marty Mornhinweg showed tonight.
3) Jets play great defense for 28 minutes – The Jets owned the line of scrimmage and pressured Eli Manning constantly. Babin and Wilkerson both had strip sacks. Richardson, Coples, McIntyre, Pace and even Damon Harrison had pressure. What is most important is that the pressure came from the front 7 and did not require heavy blitzing to get to the quarterback. Antonio Allen did a good job in coverage before injuring himself colliding with Demario Davis on a tackle. Darrin Walls played well, he jumped a route and should have had a interception for a touchdown. Kyle Wilson is still getting torched and might get replaced by a healthy Patterson, if there is such a thing.
4) The Jets 2 minute defense was terrible – The Jets played off coverage and dropped back into zones thus allowing Eli Manning to go 91 yards on 11 plays in less than 2 minutes. They stopped rushing the passer and their secondary was exposed. The prevent defense only prevents you from winning and this is further proof. Victor Cruz was able to consistently get open for 18-20 yard chunks. Antonio Allen was out of the game at this point with Lequawn Lewis back there so take some of it with a grain of salt.