Jets grades: Geno Smith and offense get passing mark
B+ The rookie quarterback outplayed the future Hall of Famer. Geno Smith wasted no time getting the Jets on the board, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley on the opening drive. Smith threw a costly pick-6 on his second drive but managed to keep his composure down the stretch. Chris Ivory showed the type of punishing back he can be, pounding out a career-high 104 yards on 34 carries. Standout performances by Jeremy Kerley (eight catches, 97 yards) and David Nelson (four catches, 80 yards) rounded out a solid day.
B The Jets' pass rush was nonexistent early on, but the defensive line showed up in a big way in the second half. Second-year safety Antonio Allen regained the momentum for the Jets in the third quarter with a pick-6. Though Rex Ryan's defense gave up eight catches for 114 yards to Rob Gronkowski in his season debut and allowed Stevan Ridley to run in an easy 17-yard score, the unit clamped down in crunch time. Four different players sacked Brady, with Quinton Coples recording his first of the season.
B- What more can you say about Nick Folk? His 42-yard field goal in overtime marked his third game- winner of the season and his seventh since joining the Jets. Ryan Quigley had some shaky punts early but pinned the Pats at their own 8 with 2:10 left in regulation. A 38-yard punt return by Julian Edelman gave the Pats excellent field position and set up Ridley's 17-yard touchdown.
BMarty Mornhinweg did the smart thing by pounding the rock against the Patriots' depleted front seven. But he made the questionable decision to run the ball nine straight times on the Jets' final possession of the game instead of attempting a pass to get Folk in better field position. The Jets had to settle for a 56-yard field-goal attempt that Folk missed, but the play was negated by Chris Jones' pushing penalty. Perhaps Mornhinweg was afraid of seeing another fourth-quarter INT by Smith?