New York Jets Week Seven: Earning Their Wings

By Alan Schechter

Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) stops a pass to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

The Jets got it done yesterday, beating the Patriots in overtime by a final score of 30-27, putting them one game out of first place in the AFC East.

Let’s see who earned their wings:

GENO SMITH: Going to award Geno Smith with wings for yesterday’s game, despite the pick six. Why? Because of his ability to be resilient. There have been many other quarterbacks that crawl into a hole after throwing a pick six. Not Geno Smith. He was on point for most of the football game, and even scored a touchdown with his legs. He got it done in the air and on the ground. It wasn’t flashy, 17-33 for 233 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. But, he got the job done.

Antonio Allen: Kudos to this second year safety on an excellent game. He was matched up one-on-one with tight end Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio more than held his own. Yes, the “Gronk” put up a career high of eight interceptions, but he never got in the end zone, which is a huge victory when going up against Rob. Antonio knocked down a couple of passes, and took one back for a pick six. Allen was in Gronk’s face all game long, and the Gronk did not become the difference in the game.

CHRIS IVORY: Wings for Ivory, finally getting the hot hand and rushing for 104 yards on 34 carries. He got rolling, and he stayed rolling, including clutch yardage late in the game and in overtime when the Jets needed it most. The Jets’ running game gets that much tougher to stop if Ivory can get going on a consistent basis.

NICK FOLK: Have to give one to the “Folk Hero” for winning a ball game once again.

Who earned wings for all of you?