Monday Morning Quarterback: New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
By Alan Schechter
Nov 17, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the field before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Well, the Jets DID enter the record book yesterday. No, it wasn’t in any way something we wanted to see, but still. For anyone who doesn’t remember what I am talking about, the Jets set a record yesterday when the became the first team to alternate win/loss over the first ten games of a season. Sometimes to deal with this team, you have to try to find that silver lining, though it isn’t very bright.
It was a total debacle yesterday afternoon from Orchard Park, NY, as the Bills absolutely pummelled the New York Jets by a score of 37-14. Frankly, the score wasn’t as close as indicated. The Jets didn’t have a chance from the moment it began, and it ended with Geno Smith being benched in favor of Matt Simms. They couldn’t run, pass, or stop anyone. Otherwise, the Jets did what they had to do.
There isn’t a lot to break down here. The Bills ran 20 points on the board in the second quarter, and never looked back. The offense of the Bills did all of that without their top two wide receivers, Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods. At 20-28, 245 yards and two TDs, E.J. Manuel was efficient. Did the Bills have E.J. control the game with his arm, throwing it up and down the field? No, but he made the throws he had to make, and THAT was what made the difference yesterday afternoon.
And then there was Geno Smith. His growing pains were felt all over the roster yesterday, as Geno took a major step backwards against the Buffalo Bills. Geno did not look good. Part of the problem was pressure on the quarterback, as Geno had no time to throw all day. He was sacked four times, and were in his face the entire game. His stats for the game were just bad: 8-23 for 103 yards and three interceptions. Geno continues to make bad decisions , and it is what makes you worry. Matt Simms had some success coming into the game in relief, but the game was far out of reach.
The run defense was its normal self, allowing only 68 net yards rushing. You would think that would have made a recipe for success against a team without its top two wide receivers. The problem was how bad they played against the pass. The Jets had the ball go over their head on deep balls too many times. I still believe Antonio Cromartie is hurt, watching him get beaten like a drum yet again. Something is not right.
I guess this means we beat the Ravens next week, though, right?