The New York Jets got run over by the division rival Buffalo Bills on Sunday, losing 37-14 and sliding back to .500 at 5-5. The Bills, a team that New York had defeated seven out of the last eight times, before Sunday's game, dominated the entire matchup.
Many thought this would finally be the week when the Jets put together two straight wins this season and show some signs of consistency. Plus with AFC east division leading New England going into Carolina Monday Night (and eventually losing), Week 11 could prove to have been a huge one for Gang Green to make up some ground in the division race.
However, Buffalo had the game in hand by halftime. Head coach Rex Ryan and his squad was down 20-0 after two quarters, giving up all 20 points in the second quarter. Rookie quarterback, Geno Smith was sacked three times, threw one interception and loss one fumble, by the midway point.
Rex Ryan is now 1-4 coming off a bye week as the Jets head coach and with perhaps taking the team to Dave and Busters the night before the game didn't help. Coach Ryan pointed to the battle at the line of scrimmage as being one of the major reasons for Sunday's loss.
"They were attacking us. No question about it. They disrupted us, disrupted our running game, disrupted our protection. We weren't comfortable back there," Ryan explained.
Ryan avoided putting all the blame on the West Virginia star, Smith. >[?"I recognize that he's a young quarterback and things and we've made mistakes, but again I think in that game, this particular game, it wasn't about just one guy," Rex said.
Gang green's head coach added that wide receiver play and lack of protection played factors in Sunday's disappointing loss.
"Everything starts with protection, first with any quarterback. And then, there's times where quite honestly, we have to get open. We weren't getting separation. A lot of things contribute to a poor performance like that," noted Ryan. The Jets secondary also struggled. Both cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Dee Milliner gave up huge plays to Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. The secondary was once the Jets strength, but it may prove to be the defense's Achilles heel.
"That's usually a strength. They want to throw it out there, we usually go down and catch it. We're not getting the takeaways and that's frustrating to me, without question," Ryan admitted.
The Jets fell to 1-3 on the road this season, with their only victory coming in a two point win against the 2-8 Falcons.
"That old saying, ‘You've got to bring your defense with you,' but you've got to bring a good team. You want to win on the road, you've got to bring a good team with you and we've just been an inconsistent team to this point," he explained.
The team's road woes will certainly be tested as they travel to Baltimore, safety Ed Reed's and coach Ryan's former club. New York's head coach is steadfast in his belief that Smith will remain the starter in Week 12.
"No, because I've watched the tape," said Ryan on any quarterback controversy. "I put myself through it again. I think without question Geno's going to start this game."