Nov 24, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterbackGeno Smith
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Time for another session of “Geno Smith Redux”. Over the last week or so, we have been reviewing the season of Geno Smith, two weeks at a time. Where were the highs? Where were the lows? We have been talking about those and everything in between. Most recently, we started the second half of Geno’s season with weeks nine and eleven.
Now, we move on to week twelve and thirteen. This was a critical juncture in the season, as the Jets went into this stretch 5-5, still with a shot to make a playoff run. Just as important, was the chance to see where Geno Smith was in his development. Let’s get to it.
WEEK TWELVE: AT BALTIMORE
Rex Ryan headed into Baltimore to face his old team, the Ravens. Always a tough opponent, this was set to be a true watermark game, to show us where Geno was at this point in 2013.
Well, this was not a great day for Geno Smith. Following up the performance in Buffalo, he threw two more interceptions in Baltimore, again both in Baltimore territory. The trend was troubling, because Geno was getting into a pattern of these interceptions in enemy territory. He was not putting the Jets in a position to win, which started a lot of the Matt Simms talk. No touchdowns for the Jets in this one, as they lost 19-3.
For the game, Geno was 9-22 for 127 yards and the two interceptions.
WEEK THIRTEEN: VS MIAMI
Miami came to down with the Jets in desperate need of a win to keep their small playoff hopes alive. This was late for the Jets/Dolphins rivalry to begin, as normally there is one matchup early in the year. But this year, this was the first of the two matchups between these two teams. Losing two in a row, the Jets needed to get back on track at home against the Dolphins.
Well, it didn’t turn out like that now, did it?
It was another week of no touchdowns for the Jets’ offense, as the Dolphins won this one, 23-3. Two Ryan Tannehill touchdown passes, one to Brian Hartline, the other two Mike Wallace, put the game out of reach after a 6-0 first half.
Geno Smith was only picked one time in this one, mainly because he didn’t have time to throw any more. Matt Simms came on in relief in the second half, but wasn’t much more successful as he couldn’t end the touchdown drought.
For the game, Geno was 4-10 for 29 yards and one interception.