Sunday, November 17, 2013
Halftime: Pathetic start for Jets
By Rich Cimini
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The New York Jets trail the Buffalo Bills at the half, 20-0:
1. A flat effort: The Jets looked lifeless in the first 30 minutes, outgained by the Bills, 141-57. Under Rex Ryan, the Jets usually struggle after the bye week -- a 1-3 record. They couldn't get their running game started, they couldn't protect Geno Smith, they committed a dumb penalty on a punt, and their defense allowed long drives. Remember, the Bills are playing without their top receiver, Stevie Johnson. This was predictable. The Jets are an up-and-down, and this was their "down" week. They could become the first team in NFL history to alternate wins and losses for the first 10 games.
2. Oh, no, Geno: Smith was drilled by Marcell Dareus on the fourth play of the game (it looked like he had the wind knocked out of him) and he never found a rhythm. Smith went out for a play. He lost a fumble on a strip sack and threw an interception on a play in which he never saw Jairus Byrd as the single-high safety. This was regression for Smith, who now has 18 turnovers. This had a Tennessee kind of feel, because he seems rattled by the Bills' pass rush. Smith is 3-for-9 for 44 yards, including an underthrown, 33-yard completion to Santonio Holmes that caught up in the wind.
3. Ed Reed starts: In a surprise, newly signed safety Ed Reed started the game and played every snap in the first half. He was involved in one key play. On EJ Manuel's 34-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Graham, Reed blitzed and hit Manuel. The Jets were in zero coverage, meaning no deep safety. Manuel's pass was a floater, but he adjusted. Cornerback Dee Milliner, in coverage, didn't. If Reed had been in his usual centerfield position, it could've been picked off.