Geno Smith rebounds in win over Raiders

It's been a far from perfect rookie campaign for New York Jets signal-caller Geno Smith, but Sunday's outstanding effort against the Oakland Raiders, gave fans hope that No. 7 is starting to turn things around in the Big Apple.

Sometimes you wonder if a rookie quarterback is going to learn from his mistakes. Sometimes you wonder if the losing streak will continue, or can he finally change this current slide and put this team back into the win column.

Look at what happens when you learn from your mistakes and come out firing on all cylinders as Geno Smith took the reins and led the Jets to a 37-27 victory. At the same time having Jeremy Kerley back from an elbow injury was a major shot in the arm for Marty Mornhinweg's offense. Kerley made a great catch in the end zone in the first quarter to give the Jets a ten point lead.

"It was great to get a victory. (I'm) very proud of the way we all collectively came together this week, had one of our best weeks of practice and just came out and fought really hard." said Geno Smith. "I saw the intensity and effort from the first snap. It was just very pleasing to see that from all the guys. It also shows that if we play with that intensity, we can get wins."

And while that is true and it was missing the last three games, the truth is that Kerley was also missing and he does set the tempo to help Smith and the offense get into rhythm.

"Jeremy did a great job at just going up to make a play," noted Smith of his wide receiver's touchdown grab. "I gave him an opportunity and he went up and made a play. He had a great release off the ball, pretty much one-on-one coverage. A few guys got back there at the end but he went up and he snatched it out of the air and pulled it down for a touchdown."

You can also see how Smith used his legs a lot more to move the ball when no one was open down the field and when he does that, a lot of good things happen; like his touchdown run to make it a seventeen point lead.

"It's about learning when to pick your spots and when to pull it down," noted Smith. "Usually on every single play we have three or four reads and I'm the type of guy that's going to sit back there until the last second and find those guys because that's just my mentality as a quarterback."

But the Jets had a monster day running the football with 32 carries for 143 yards and both Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory really broke through with a couple of fantastic runs. Ivory who ended up carrying the ball 18 times for 76 yards including a touchdown. The Jets needed this win to get their energy back as well as positive thoughts for their next game down in Charlotte against the Panthers in Week 15


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