New York Jets Week Fourteen: Earning Their Wings

By Alan Schechter

Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) celebrates after scoring on an 8-yard touchdown run against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 37-27 Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It finally happened gang. We have talked about it all day, the Jets won yesterday, beating the Oakland Raiders by a score of 37-27. With the win, the Jets keep themselves mathematically in the playoff race for the final Wild Card spot. Let’s see who earned their wings this week:

GENO SMITH: Geno Smith had the rebound game that Rex Ryan boldly predicted this week. Not only did he throw it to a line of 16-25 for 219 yards and one touchdown and one interception, he ran the ball five times for fifty yards and one score. He rebounded from his one interception to play well, and topped Mark Sanchez for the most passing yards by a quarterback in Jets’ history. A big day for Geno.

JEREMY KERLEY: Going to give a pair of wings to Kerley upon his return to the lineup yesterday. He caught four passes for 41 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown was a terrific jump ball that Kerley came down with. Jeremy was a safety net that Geno Smith definitely needed yesterday.

ANTONIO ALLEN/ED REED: I give wings to our young and old safety pairing as a duo. Ed Reed was facing a lot of criticism this week. He answered his critics yesterday with an interception. Antonio Allen came up big on special teams, with a blocked punt that he recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. Great job by these two.