The New York Jets snapped their three game losing streak Sunday with a 37-27 win over the (4-9) Oakland Raiders. The win puts the Jets at 6-7, one game behind the Baltimore Ravens for the 6th seed in the AFC.
Geno Smith bounced back after a tough stretch with a solid performance. The rookie quarterback responded to the New York media criticism with 219 yards on 16-of-25 passing with a touchdown. Smith did throw an interception but bounced back and was better protecting the football. Smith added 50 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
The Jets 37 points were the most they scored in a single game this season.
The Jets offensive line protected Smith only allowing one sack on Sunday. The offensive line was physical and had their way with the Oakland front 7, resulting in 143 rushing yards. More impressively, the Jets were 7-of-13 on third down. During the three game losing streak the Jets had trouble keeping drives alive and converting on third down.
However, the Jets’ defense wasn’t very good on Sunday. Matt McGloin and a below average Raiders offense tallied 383 total yards and put up 27 points. The Jets recorded 3 sacks but let the Raiders rush for 150 yards. The defense let up some explosive plays on Sunday, including a 63-yard run by Marcel Reese and a 48-yard touchdown catch by Rod Streater.
The Jets’ special teams gave gang green a lift with a blocked punt that they returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Ed Reed had his first interception and first win since last year’s Super Bowl.
Sunday was a big step for Geno Smith. Facing adversity and criticism Smith played well. After an early interception, he shook it off and had his best game in awhile. Sunday’s performance resulted in a 87.3 Quarterback Rating, the highest of his career. The addition of Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and Kellen Winslow definitely helped Smith feel more comfortable this week.
A win on Sunday makes every game the rest of the year a must-win. The Jets travel to Carolina this week which will be a very tough matchup for gang green. The following two weeks against Miami and Cleveland are must wins. 8-8 and a little magic might be enough to make the playoffs for the New York Jets.