Monday, December 9, 2013
Drive of the Game: Jets end TD drought
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A look at the key drive in the New York Jets' 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders:
The Drive: Geno Smith threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley in the first quarter, giving the Jets a 10-0 lead. It was a three-play, 58-yard drive.
The Situation: This was huge on a few levels. On the previous possession, Smith threw his 20th interception. Rex Ryan later said he was muttering to himself on the sideline, "You've got to be kidding me." The crowd was booing; the pro-Matt Simms contingent was getting ready to be heard again. The Jets had gone eight-plus quarters without a touchdown. These were desperate times.
What Happened: The Jets began the drive by throwing out of a run formation -- a play-action out of a three-tight end package. Smith rolled to his right and hit Kellen Winslow for 30 yards, taking a hit from linebacker Sio Moore in the process. After a run by Bilal Powell, the Jets employed a seldom-used personnel grouping -- no running backs, one tight end and four wide receivers. Smith threw into the end zone for the 5-foot-9 Kerley, who played big by winning a "jump ball" play for the touchdown.
The Impact: Big, big, big. It was Smith's first touchdown pass since before Halloween. The offense had 129 plays and 141 minutes, 19 seconds in elapsed time without a touchdown. It sparked the team, which went on to one of its better offensive days of the season.