The New York Jets were trounced yesterday by the (4-7) Buffalo Bills 37-14, causing the Jets to fall to (5-5) and are now tied with the Miami Dolphins for the 6th seed in the AFC.
Most teams during their bye week get healthy, refocus and improve as a football team. However, for the New York Jets, the bye week seemed to put this team in reverse. After winning two big games against the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints, the Jets looked as worse as they have all year yesterday. The Jets offense was embarrassing and Geno Smith looked like he had regressed during the bye week. Smith was benched in the second half after 8 of 23 for 103 yards, 3 interceptions and a fumble. In the meeting between these two teams earlier in the season the Jets rushed for 182 yards but struggled running the ball on Sunday. Chris Ivory had 98 yards rushing but 70 of those came on one play. The offensive line for the Jets struggled as well. Geno Smith was sacked four times in the first half. The question is if Smith continues to turn the ball over will Rex Ryan decide to make a change at quarterback ? Fans can’t forget this isn’t out of the question. Ryan’s head coaching job is on the line this season and if Matt Simms gives the Jets a better chance of making the playoffs, Ryan may need to pull the trigger.
The Jets defense was put in tough positions all day due to the turnovers from the offense. The Jets front seven did look spectacular holding C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to a combine 40 yards on the ground. Ed Reed looked good in his Jets debut running and reacting to the ball well and smoothly. Corner back Dee Milliner struggled however, getting beat on two long passes for touchdowns. The Bills cashed in 10 points of Geno Smith turnovers and another score was the result of a pick six. The defense will keep the Jets in a position to win as long as the offense doesn’t give the opposition easy points.
With a loss on Sunday the Jets remain right where the are in the playoff hunt. With loses from San Diego, Cleveland, Baltimore and Tennessee, the Jets could of capitalized but missed the opportunity. A big game against Baltimore this week will go along way of outlining expectations fans can have for the rest of the season.