Win or lose, the New York Jets seem to always make it interesting.
In Geno Smith’s first career game he kept his composure like a seasoned veteran and led the Jets down the field for the game-winning drive.
He was given 34 seconds to change the outcome of the game and with his arm, legs, and a little help from linebacker Lavonte David on a late hit Smith set up Nick Folk’s 48-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining.
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a 17-15 lead on a Rian Lindell field goal it looked like the Jets were going home with a loss. New York refused to go down without a fight, though, and came out on top, 18-17.
The game started off sloppy. New York took a 2-0 lead when Bucs’ quarterback Josh Freeman kicked a loose ball out of the end zone. The pressure on him continued all day. The Jets’ defense played fast and tough, sacking Freeman three times and forcing an interception.
The defense never gave Doug Martin room to run, holding him to 64 yards on 24 carries. In fact, the entire offense never really got it going. Tampa Bay only sustained two drives of 50 yards or more.
The Jets’ offense was also far from stellar, but with a rookie under center was still able to move the ball when it was time to step up. Smith completed 24 of his 38 pass attempts for a total of 256 yards, one touchdown and an interception. In addition, he was the team’s leading rusher with 47 yards on six carries. Bilal Powell chipped in with 29 yards on 12 rushes and Chris Ivory added 15 yards on 10 attempts.
In Kellen Winslow’s first game as a Jet he became Smith’s go to guy. The veteran tight end caught seven balls for 79 yards and scored the Jets’ lone touchdown.
Darrelle Revis’ return to MetLife Stadium was quiet. The cornerback recorded one tackle and two passes defensed.
New York snuck away with a win on Sunday. They only have a few days to prepare for the New England Patriots, but for now the Jets are at the top of the division.
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Written by Matt Brody