What an exciting first half of football with the Jets leading the Bills 17-6. Geno Smith is airing it out against a beat up Bills secondary, the Jets defense is trying to out-do the 2009 team, and this offense is actually portraying a real aerial NFL offense. With all of these nice things, the Bills are still right in this game thanks to a Geno Smith interception and Calvin Pace missing key tackles. Let’s run down a wild first half of Jets-Bills football.
Airin’ it out early: Geno Smith came out slinging the ball, hitting Stephen Hill on a 45 yarder and a couple of nice quick passes to Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley. The rookie is taking advantage of the Bills beat up secondary. What’s more impressive is his mobility, including a beautiful quarterback draw in the red zone that went for six on the opening drive.
Tone’ Looking Healthy: Santonio Holmes looks much quicker than the previous two weeks. Even on Geno’s early second quarter interception, Holmes had burned his man. Unlike Mark Sanchez, Smith has a very strong arm and will begin to take advantage of the former Superbowl MVP getting open.
Where’s EJ?: The Bills had a huge Fred Jackson run on a missed tackle in the backfield by Calvin Pace, but the rest of the offense has been relatively quiet. The Jets contained EJ Manual quite well in the first half, as Rex Ryan continues his reputation for being a rookie quarterback’s worst nightmare.
Stephen “the Bills killer” Hill: Hill surpassed 100 yards in the first half, catching two bombs from Geno Smith with one going for a score. He is having a stand out game, displaying all the talent the fan base gets worked up over. He’s fast, physical, and muscles his way to catch the ball.
The Rise of Demario Davis: Around the league not a lot of people know about Demario Davis, but they will soon. The Jets are fielding one of the best defenses in all of football, led by the “do it all” Davis. He’s vicious against the run, rock solid in coverage, and is even showing promise as a pass rusher on situational downs. Not bad for a former 3rd round pick in his second season, right?