On Sunday the New York Jets (2-1) defeated the Buffalo Bills (1-2) 27-20 in a wild game at MetLife Stadium.
Offensive line dominates- One of the keys for the New York Jets offense was to control the line of scrimmage. The Jets offensive line did an outstanding job on Sunday as they did not yield a sack while leading the way to 182 rushing yards. It was a dominate performance by the line with the exception of some of the struggles experienced by Vlad Ducasse ( 4 penalties).
Powell explodes- Running back Bilal Powell had an excellent game on Sunday as he ran for a career high 149 yards. Powell ran with force and shiftiness and broke several tackles after initial contact. Chris Ivory left the game with an injury so it appears that Powell could be the feature back once again next week.
Tone time- Wide receiver Santonio Holmes had a career day on Sunday as he caught 5 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. Holmes helped put the game away with a 69-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Many wondered how Santonio would fit in Mornhinweg’s west coast offense. I think some of those questions were answered on Sunday.
Stephen shines- Stephen Hill had a solid bounce back game on Sunday as he caught 3 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Hill showed off some of his game breaking speed on his 51-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
Geno the gunslinger- Quarterback Geno Smith played very well against the Bills as he put up 331 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and a rushing score. Geno displayed excellent poise in the pocket and remained under control when the game was on the line. Smith displayed the willingness to take a big hit in order to make a play down the field. The rookie quarterback did throw two interceptions but was picked up by the defense as they only gave up 6 points on the corresponding drives.
Impressive output- The New York Jets racked up 513 total yards against the Buffalo Bills (best output since Rex has been head coach).
Front seven owned the line of scrimmage- The New York Jets defensive front seven absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage. The unit held the Bills to only 120 rushing yards which included a 59-yard run by Fred Jackson. The constant penetration at the line completely disrupted the Bills up tempo passing game.
Mo mauls - Mo Wilkerson had a tremendous game on Sunday as he led the team with 2 sacks. The Jets defense as a unit gathered 8 sacks and numerous quarterback pressures. Calvin Pace, Quinton Coples, and Antwan Barnes did a solid job getting pressure from the outside and collapsing the pocket.
Linebackers lead the way- David Harris and Demario Davis once again led a unit that made plays sideline to sideline. Harris is off to an excellent start this season as he appears much quicker to the ball carrier. Davis struggled a bit in pass coverage as tight end Scott Chandler made a couple of big grabs against him.
Under the radar players- Damon Harrison and Leger Douzable continue to play very well on the Jets defensive line. Both of these guys have been stout against the run and have contributed to the Jets pass rush. It is encouraging to see the Jets continue to develop young talent on the line.
Kyle Wilson struggles- Kyle Wilson had an awful day on Sunday as he had a total of 5 penalties in one series on four consecutive plays. Wilson’s meltdown resulted in a touchdown for the Bills and a temporary benching.
Flag on the play- The New York Jets were flagged a record 20 times for a total of 168 yards. It is truly remarkable that the team found a way to overcome this ridiculous amount of penalty yardage. Rex Ryan and his staff must clean up these mental mistakes as they cannot continue if the Jets want to remain competitive.
Aggressive playcalling- The Jets coaching staff was very aggressive on both sides of the ball. Marty Mornhinweg featured the vertical passing game on offense which kept the Bills defense off balance. Rex Ryan kept constant pressure on EJ Manuel which rattled the rookie quarterback and threw the Buffalo passing game out of rhythm.
A win is a win- It was not pretty with all of the penalties, but a win is a win in the National Football League. There were many encouraging signs on both sides of the ball which will lead to an interesting match-up this week against Tennessee.