By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
Week 3: Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets
Jets Team Grades
Passing Offense Grade (B+)
Jets Quarterback Geno Smith had his best game of his young career against the Buffalo Bills, as Smith threw for a career-high 331 yards passing on 16 for 29 passing with two passing touchdowns. The one downside for Smith in this game was the turnovers yet again, as he threw teo interceptions to former Jet Jim Leonard, and Kiko Alonso. The Jets receivers also had very good days along with Smith, as the Jets looked to actually have an explosive offense at points during this game. Santonio Holmes was the Jets leading reciever with five catches for 154 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown catch, which gave the Jets the lead in the fourth quarter. Stephen Hill also put together one of his better games as a Jet with three catches for 108 yards, and a 51-yard touchdown.
Rushing Offense Grade (A)
The ground game for the Jets was extremely effective in the win over the Bills, as it was their best rushing day so far this season, which allowed them to control the time of possesion by nearly 10 minutes. After an early injury to Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell really stepped up with one of his best games as a pro, as he rushed for 149 yards on 27 carries, with his longest run going for 27 yards. Geno Smith didnt run the ball very much in this one, but he did get his first career rushing touchdown in the first quarter, which capped off a great opening drive from the Jets offense.
Passing Defense Grade (A)
Going against rookie E.J. Manuel, the Jets pass defense was pretty good in this game, and a lot of that had to due with their ablity to sack Manuel eight times in the game. Mo Wilkerson led the Jets in their sack party with two sacks, but he had a lot of help, as Calvin Pace, David Harris, DeMario Davis, Dawan Landry, Sheldon Richardson, and Antonio Allen all got to the Bills Quarterback. Manuel finished the day throwing for 243 yards on 19 for 42 passing, with one touchdown pass.
Rushing Defense Grade (B)
The Jets run defense did a pretty good job in this game against two pretty good Running Backs in C.J. Spiller nd Fred Jackson, and a mobile Quarterback in Manuel. The run defense had one mistake, which allowed Fred Jackson to rip off a 59-yard run, but besides that held him to six carries for 13 yards. Spiller was completely shutdown on the ground, as he had 10 carries for just nine yards. Manuel did have his best game on the ground going for 40 yards on six carries.
Special Teams Grade (B)
Special Teams was pretty solid for the Jets against the Bills, as they didnt do anything exceptional but there wasnt very many mistakes. Nick Folk's good season continued, as he went two for two on his field goal attempts, with his longest being a 47-yard kick. New Punter Ryan Quigley got a lot of action in his debut with the Jets, as Quigley punted seven times, averaging 42 yards per punt, and had two punts inside the 20, with no touchbacks.
Coaching Grade (C-)
Rex Ryan and his staff seemed to do a great job during the week preparing the Jets for this game, as they got a nice win, but on the field the Jets discpiline was awful, which looks bad on the coaching staff. The Jets were pentalized a Franchise record 20 times, but even though they had lots of mental laspes, which cost them 168 yards in pentalites, they were still able to win by seven points.
Next up for the Jets will be a trip to Tennesse to play the Titans, who are also (2-1) in 2013, as this game seems to have some early importance with both teams that as of now have a shot for a Wild Card spot.