Any given Sunday. If there were ever a team that that saying applied to it would be the 2013 New York Jets.
They go from defeating the almighty New Orleans Saints, to having two weeks to prepare for their next game, then having a dud of a performance against the Buffalo Bills.
One week the Jets look like they can beat any team, the next they look like they can’t beat anyone.
New York made mistake after mistake as they were pummeled 37-14 by the Bills.
Once again it came down to Geno Smith turning the ball over. He threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. It seemed as though Smith didn’t even see the defenders on a couple of the interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Da’Norris Searcy.
It came to the point where Rex Ryan pulled the rookie and brought in Matt Simms. The backup actually led the team on a 62-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland, granted it was in garbage time.
The turnovers put the defense in tough situations all day. They did their best to keep the team in the game, but when the Bills take over possession inside the five-yard line, like they did after Smith’s fumble, there’s only so much they can do.
New York’s defense played well against the run. They held Fred Jackson to 34 yards on 12 carries and C.J. Spiller to a pedestrian six yards on 13 rushes. It was the arm of E.J. Manuel that they couldn’t stop. Cornerbacks Dee Milliner and Antonio Cromartie each were beat on long passes of 34 and 43 yards, respectively, that resulted in touchdowns.
After the loss the Jets became the first team in NFL history to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games of the season. If history repeats itself the Jets should be in line for a win next week, which is the only thing New York should be excited about after this most recent defeat.
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Written by Matt Brody