Save for touchdowns by Eric Decker and Chris Johnson, the Jets looked abysmal. Much of the blame falls on quarterback Geno Smith, who committed two turnovers (including his fifth interception) and made several poor throws. There were some bright spots, though: The Jets outrushed the Lions 132-88 and averaged 4.9 yards per carry; the offensive line held its own against Ndamukong Suh (one tackle); rookie tight end Jace Amaro had a team-high five receptions and set career highs in catches and receiving yards (58); and Greg Salas had two catches for 60 yards, including a 32-yard reception. But five straight three-and-outs can't happen.
While Calvin Johnson (ankle) was a nonfactor, Golden Tate had a career-high eight catches and 116 yards. Even worse, the Jets allowed a backbreaking scoring drive for the third straight week. This one was a 14-play, 90-yard drive that made it 24-10.
Ryan Quigley impressed with punts of 61, 58 and 52 yards and kicker Nick Folk made a 27-yard field goal to give the Jets a 3-0 lead. Speedster Saalim Hakim had a 32-yard kickoff return, but Walter Powell, who replaced the inactive Jalen Saunders, averaged just 4.3 yards on punt returns.
Had it not been for the hapless Raiders in Week 1, the Jets easily could be 0-4 right now. Rex Ryan has drawn a line in the sand regarding his starting QB, but that decision could doom the team if Smith doesn't stop turning over the football. Also troubling is the fact that Ryan's secondary continues to give up big-play TDs. Meanwhile, Marty Mornhinweg said Thursday that he put a little too much on Smith's plate in the red zone. But once again, he strayed from Chris Ivory (17 carries, 84 yards), who clearly was the hot hand early.