The New York Jets continued their bizarre, incredibly frustrating season with a 37-14 whipping at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. This is a team that can still find no measure of consistency and yet because of how weak the AFC is on the back end, remain right in the thick of the playoff race.
Geno Smith was awful today. He finished 8/23 for 103 yards, with a fumble lost and 3 interceptions. The offensive line did a poor job protecting him (it was a particularly rough day for Brian Winters and D’Brickashaw Ferguson), however the turnovers remain inexcusable. On all of the interceptions Smith showed poor recognition of the coverage, as he failed to notice the underneath safety or corner undercutting his targeted receiver. The Jets are nowhere near good enough to overcome turnovers, particularly at this high of a rate. Smith is going to remain the starter going forward but his play has been declining since the Jets knocked off New England and he hasn’t proven himself to be the guy in 2014 yet…not even close.
The entire offense was alarmingly ineffective. Stephen Hill remains on a milk carton. The running game never got going and Kellen Winslow Jr was invisible in his return to the line-up.
Defensively, Dee Milliner took a step back after his progress against the Saints. He showed terrible ball awareness when allowing a first half touchdown to TJ Graham and was then beat deep again in the second half. Antonio Cromartie had Marquise Goodwin run right by him for a touchdown and end any hopes of a Jets comeback, continuing his underwhelming season. The Jets defense allowed EJ Manuel to go 20/28 for 245 yards without his top two receivers. They also failed to force any turnovers, which has been an ongoing problem this season.
What else can you say at this point? We are ten games in and the Jets only seem prepared to play every other week. They don’t just lose every other game, they get dominated and extremely sloppy with the football. It is frustrating to watch but expectations need to be tempered after wins and every loss shouldn’t be turned into a catastrophe. This is what this team is. They are wildly inconsistent and have 8-8 written all over them.