New York Jets Week Three: Earning Their Wings

By Alan Schechter

Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass before the game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Monday after a game cannot end without us passing out this week’s “wings”. Especially when it is a Monday after a win. So, let’s see who earned their wings this week.

GENO SMITH: He didn’t have a perfect day, but did have a good one. 16-19 for 331 yards and two touchdowns is certainly a good day. But, he earned his wings by the way he responded following his two interceptions. After the first one, he responded with the touchdown pass to Stephen Hill of 51 yards, and after the second one, he came back late to throw the 69 yard game winner to Santonio Holmes.

So, he responded with two of the biggest TD plays we have seen from this team in quite some time. That is why we give Geno his “wings”.

BILAL POWELL: After Chris Ivory went down, Bilal was huge. He led all rushers with 27 carries for 149 yards, by far the best day of his career. THAT is how you take the pressure off of your rookie quarterback. You run the football like that.

SANTONIO HOLMES/STEPHEN HILL: Both of these guys were so good, they deserved a duel set of wings. These guys helped their quarterback in huge ways, with big conversions, and big play touchdowns. Between the two of them, they accounted for 262 yards receiving, and two touchdowns of over fifty yards (51 for Hill, 69 for Holmes). They also minimized the dropped passes. Good work.

DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN: These guys had a great afternoon as a unit. They combined to sack E.J. Manuel eight times, and they recorded 16 hits as well. Simply put, they were all up in E.J. Manuel’s grill all day, the way you must perform to get to a rookie quarterback.

Who do YOU give wings to?