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Jets grades: Poor marks all around

Jets quarterback Geno Smith watches his team play

Jets quarterback Geno Smith watches his team play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in East Rutherford. Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

OFFENSE: D How bad was Geno Smith? He finished with a 0.0 QB rating. His three first-quarter interceptions doomed the Jets and Michael Vick's three subsequent turnovers didn't help. The Jets outrushed the Bills 175-67 and Chris Ivory recorded his first multi-touchdown game since 2010 with the Saints, but the passing game left much to be desired. Vick, who replaced Smith with 4:32 left in the first quarter, jump-started the offense early and rushed for a team-high 69 yards. But he finished with a 49.9 QB rating, Jeremy Kerley dropped a pass on a two-point conversion attempt, Chris Johnson was invisible and Eric Decker averaged 5.7 yards per catch.

DEFENSE: D The unit was put in an unwinnable position thanks to their quarterbacks, but the defense gave up 43 points, 238 passing yards and four touchdown passes to journeyman Kyle Orton. The Jets' cornerback situation is bad (like, really bad). The Bills had scoring drives of 92 and 76 yards and Orton completed passes of 84 and 61 yards to rookie Sammy Watkins. Wide receiver Saalim Hakim made the best tackle of the day, tripping up a showboating Watkins en route to the end zone on the 84-yard catch.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C Percy Harvin opened the game with a 35-yard kickoff return. Nick Folk's 55-yard field goal gave the Jets life right before halftime and tied the franchise record for longest home field goal. But the Jets tried to outsmart the Bills with a trick play on a kickoff return featuring Harvin -- and failed miserably.

COACHING: D If Rex Ryan mentions the Jets had a "good week of practice" one more time . . . The effort may be there, but the Jets are still a 1-7 team. Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg strayed from the team's strength early (running the football) in an effort to force the ball into Harvin's hands more. Smith's play has regressed and the team hasn't gotten any better.

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