Gang Green surprised many with its performance Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills. For a team that analysts claim has a lack of talent on their offense tallied over 300 passing yards against a decent defensive squad. Sunday's game was a result of a building trust and chemistry between the players and the Jets are hoping this performance will carry throughout the season.
This game showcased a lot of career-highs for the Jets' young offense. Rookie Geno Smith threw for 331 yards, while tallying up two touchdowns to go along with two interceptions. Smith also got his first rushing score on a quarterback draw; plowing through defenders to get the score. This game shows the rookie's progression from preseason until now as he continues to get better in each game. His teammate, Stephen Hill praised the rookie's performance and looks for him to continue the upward trend.
"He was great. When you throw for 300 yards, that is a great thing," noted Hill. "We're going to be looking for more of those. It's a long season so we'll definitely be looking for more."
This was an impressive game for the rookie, but the credit has to go to the receivers for turning the page on their horrible collective performance against the Patriots in Week 2. After dropping six passes last week, the receivers did a great job of holding onto the ball and getting yards after the catch against the Bills.
A big performance by Stephen Hill was much needed after he dropped one pass and fumbled the ball on a 33-yard pass last week; continuing his ball security troubles from last year. On Sunday, Hill racked up 108 yards on three catches and scoring once. His career-high of 108 receiving yards, as well as a career long reception of 51 yards which was a good sign for Jets' fans. Hill started off in on right foot on the first drive of the game, catching a deep ball for 45 yards.
"It was just a one-on-one matchup," said Hill. "I broke off into a corner route and it looked pretty good and I was pretty wide open. He (Geno Smith) gave me a chance to go up and get it."
The big catch by Hill set Gang Green up for its first score of the game, looking good not only to Hill but to the fans as well.The receivers as a whole did well, putting their horrible performance in week two and their poor preseason in the past.
"We've come far, mentally," said Hill. "We're starting to understand each other and we're starting to understand what Coach Marty wants. We just need to come on out there and do what we need to do. Like I said, we need to come out and make plays."
New York made plays to keep drives alive on third down by executing on two long touchdown receptions: 51 yards to Hill and 69 yards to Holmes. The Week 3 performance was a much-needed confidence boost for the young receivers, as well as for their rookie quarterback.
With a slow start to the season by the offense in the first two weeks, it seems like the team has made great strides to catch up to the dominant play of its defense. If the offense can keep focus and hang onto the football, while maintaining the superior play on defense, then this team will have the ingredients to contend for the playoffs this year.