Jets' grades: Solid performance by every department

Jets inside linebacker DeMario Davis (no. 56) tackles

Jets inside linebacker DeMario Davis (no. 56) tackles Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (no. 28) during the first half. (Sept. 22, 2013) (Credit: Lee S. Weissman)

OFFENSE

B In typical rookie fashion, Geno Smith looked both confident and confused depending on the quarter. He single-handedly gave the Jets a 7-0 lead on a quarterback draw and threw the game-winning touchdown with 9:23 to go in the fourth. He also was intercepted twice. But the performances of Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Bilal Powell -- and their 411 yards gained -- helped offset the rookie's struggles. It also helped to overshadow the four penalties (for 35 yards) on offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse.

 

DEFENSE

B Without the play of the defense, the final score could have been much different. The Jets' front seven sacked EJ Manuel eight times and limited the Bills to four field goals until the fourth quarter when a breakdown by cornerback Kyle Wilson aided Buffalo's only touchdown -- a wide-open, 33-yard scoring pass from Manuel to Scott Chandler. The unit also gave up a 59-yard run by Fred Jackson. Asked about the missed tackles on the Jackson run, outside linebacker Calvin Pace said: "I asked him if he had Vaseline on him."

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

B+ Nick Folk connected on both field goal attempts (47 and 34 yards) and punter Ryan Quigley netted 41.4 yards on the day. Quigley, who was re-signed to replace Robert Malone earlier this week, pinned two of his seven punts inside the 20. On the Bills' final drive, Quigley punted the ball 40 yards and Ellis Lankster helped down the ball at the 1-yard line by tossing into the arms of Isaiah Trufant before it rolled into the end zone.

 

COACHING

C Holmes, Hill and Powell had breakout days thanks to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's play calling. But Rex Ryan's decision-making could have cost the Jets dearly. The coach lost two challenges in a matter of minutes late in the third quarter. As a result, he couldn't challenge what should have been a fumble by Manuel and a recovery by the Jets. Ryan also took the blame for his team's 20 penalties -- as he should.

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