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Monday, September 23, 2013
Green Day: A historically ugly win

By Rich Cimini

Guard Willie Colon said it best: "We can't go cheering or painting the town red." Or even green.

The New York Jets became the first team in 62 years to win a game despite 20 penalties, a rare feat that warrants no celebration. Any team that commits 20 penalties for 168 yards has some issues with focus, concentration and poise. They were lucky to beat the Buffalo Bills, 27-20, but they won't be that fortunate against better teams.

Rex Ryan tried to put a positive spin on it, vowing to correct the penalty problem. He'd better; there's nothing more damaging to a coach on the hot seat than an undisciplined team. Under Ryan, the Jets haven't been a high-penalty team, so maybe this was an aberration. We'll see.

The penalty problem overshadowed a lot of positives. Suddenly, the Jets developed a vertical passing attack with impact performances by their wide receivers -- yes, the maligned receivers. Geno Smith overcame a couple of big mistakes and played another solid fourth quarter, shades of Week 1. The defense was dominant with eight sacks, harrassing rookie EJ Manuel throughout the game.

A lot of good came out of the game. But as Colon noted, hold the parade.