Coming into Week 11 the New York Jets held the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs and the Buffalo Bills had lost three of their last four. We all know this was the second matchup between the first two quarterbacks taken in the NFL draft. Here are five things we learned from this week 11 game.
The Geno-coaster continues
Geno Smith has been up and down all year. The Jets have alternated wins and losses in fact because of his lack of consistency. This week was Smith's down week throwing for 103 yards and 3 interceptions before being pulled for the second time this season for backup Matt Simms. Smith must become more consistent if the Jets are going to keep teams from stacking the box against the run.
The Jets wanted the record for most alternating wins and losses
That's the only explanation for the offensive showing New York put on the field. Smith missed open receivers. Chris Ivory had 98 yards on the ground but 70 of those yards came on a run late in an already decided game. The defense did everything they could to keep the record from becoming theirs, but they could not get out there and play quarterback as well.
E.J. Manuel played like a first-round draft pick
Manuel played really well against a very stout Jets defense. He was able to take advantage of a weak secondary that knew he would be throwing due to the Bills inability to run against their defense. Antonio Cromartie was burnt on a long pass to Marquis Goodwin and first rounder Dee Milliner looked confused most of the day. Manuel threw for two touchdowns and 245 yards on his way to a turnover-less afternoon.
The Jets defense is tough against the run
The "Sons of Anarchy" continue to put on a show. Muhammed Wilkerson, Damon Harrison and Sheldon Richardson continue to gobble up opposing runners. They came into this game on top of the league in rushing defense and held C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson in check in this matchup. If the Jets are going to make the playoffs this season then it will be on the backs of their defense.
C.J. Spiller has not lived up to the hype
Spiller came into this season with high expectations from himself and his coaching staff. Spiller kept trying to bounce runs outside and was met by a hostbof Jets defenders on his way to yet another poor showing for a player that was expected to carry this team to many victories.