5 things to know after Jets top Raiders 37-27
Rex Ryan stuck with Geno Smith, even when it appeared the New
York Jets might have needed a change at quarterback.
Smith got the message when he was benched last Sunday, and made
his coach look good by delivering his best performance in
The rookie quarterback threw a touchdown pass and ran for
another score as the Jets’ suddenly resurgent offense set a season
high for points and stopped a three-game skid with a 37-27 victory
over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
”I think the difference was just eliminating the indecision in
my game,” Smith said. ”A lot of things are happening to me for
the first time. That’s not to make an excuse, but sometimes I
second-guess myself and that always hurts, especially a
”You’ve just got to play with a bunch of feel and know what
Smith certainly showed that against the Raiders, leading the
offense to its best scoring day of the season.
He finished 16 of 25 for 219 yards, and ran five times for 50
yards – and was able to overcome his 20th interception of the
season, which led to a field goal for the Raiders.
Chris Ivory had a touchdown run, Nick Folk kicked three field
goals and Antonio Allen blocked a punt and returned it for a score
to help the Jets (6-7) avoid their first four-game losing streak
”Man, we needed that in the worst way,” Ryan said, ”to say
Matt McGloin threw two touchdown passes and fullback Marcel
Reece, starting because Oakland was down three injured running
backs, had a 63-yard touchdown run for the Raiders (4-9).
”Today is as bad as we played this whole season,” Raiders
safety Charles Woodson said. ”It was really embarrassing to be
part of it. We looked like the Bad News Bears out there.”
Here are five things to know from the Jets’ victory over the
GOOD GENO: Smith tempered the increasing calls for him to hit
the sideline, for a week at least.
The rookie misfired a few times, but was able to make plays with
his arm and legs as offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg opened
things up a bit for him. He had an 8-yard touchdown run, and got
his first TD pass since Oct. 20 against New England and his second
in eight games.
Despite the early interception, Smith maintained his confidence
after his teammates urged him to keep his head up.
”That’s the mark of this young man,” Ryan said. ”He’s a
resilient guy and has shown he can bounce back. It was an excellent
performance on his part, and really, the team in general.”
OFFENSIVE OUTBURST: The Jets had scored 20 points in their last
three games. Combined.
So, seeing Smith and the offense march up and down the field was
a bit of a stunner. It certainly helped that Jeremy Kerley returned
to the lineup after dislocating his left elbow on Nov. 3. He had
four catches for 41 yards, including a leaping 25-yard touchdown.
The game also marked the first time the Jets had Kerley, Santonio
Holmes and Kellen Winslow Jr. on the field together since Week
EAST COAST WOES: Oakland, on a three-game skid, has dropped 13
in a row in games played in the Eastern time zone.
The Raiders, who last won one of those games in December 2009 at
Pittsburgh, has been outscored 414-225 in such situations. They
came close in their previous two visits this year while losing
21-17 in the season opener at Indianapolis and 24-20 to the Giants
”Really, I don’t think it was an issue with the travel,” coach
Dennis Allen said. ”We were out here a couple of weeks ago and we
were able to start fast. We just didn’t do it in this game.”
RUNNIN’ REECE: With Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings and Jeremy
Stewart all inactive with injuries, the Raiders turned to their
fullback to carry the load.
Reece responded with a career high in yards and carries, ripping
off an impressive touchdown sprint in which he outran Jets
cornerback Antonio Cromartie. The Jets came in ranked No. 1 against
the run, but Reece put up the best day against them this
REED TASTES VICTORY: Jets safety Ed Reed went seven games
without a win while with Houston, and finally played in his first
win of the season in his fourth game with New York.
Reed also had his 62nd career interception and first with the
Jets to help set up a field goal. His role was a bit reduced from
previous weeks, coming off the field at times for Antonio Allen and
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org