The Snoopy trophy has transferred to the Giants locker room, as the Giants took the “Snoopy Bowl” last night by a score of 35-24 over our New York Jets.. Despite that, there were a great deal of positives that came out of the game, along with some obvious negatives, so let’s talk about it.
First of all, Geno Smith cemented his position as the starting quarterback, as was announced by Rex Ryan last night during his press conference. He made smart decisions with the football, which was already a big step over last season. Also, his throws were great. None of them were in a spot to be intercepted, but they all were where his guy could make a play on the football. It’s not his fault that Stephen Hill stinks, which we will talk about in a minute.
Let’s talk about Chris Johnson for a minute. How is exciting is he to watch with the football out in open space? Does anyone remember having a weapon like him? Certainly not in the last few years, that’s for sure. Watching him take a screen pass for over 17 yards per reception is a thing of beauty. Chris has not lost a step at all, and he can still rush the football as well.
On the reverse side of things, if I never have to watch Stephen Hill play another down of football, it will be too soon. I am sick and tired of watching passes go through his hands, and him giving up on pass routes. Yes, he made one catch, but if you throw it enough times to someone, they will catch one. I was hopeful due to his great speed, but he is not an NFL quality wide receiver, and everyone knows it. John Idzik, please cut the cord with Stephen Hill. Everyone in the land of the Jets will be much happier.
There is no reason to be upset with the offensive line for the Jets last night as well. They paved the way for 146 yards rushing. Geno Smith was not sacked at all, and Michael Vick was sacked once (Geno Smith sack nullified by penalty). It wasn’t perfect, as they got to Matt Simms twice in the second half, but the starters are very much starting to gel, which is an exciting prospect.
The other standout for me on the offensive side was Jace Amaro. He seems to be getting the offense down quite nicely. Last night, his routes were crisp, and he looked great catching the football. Congratulations Jace on your first NFL touchdown, may it be the first of many, preferably all for the New York Jets.
We will talk some defense on the next page.