Jets' spirits riding high headed to Carolina

Overcoming his mid-season slump, Geno Smith is coming off of a stellar performance on Sunday against Oakland. His success on the run and creating plays with his legs has given the Jets' coaching staff a bit of faith. He hopes that the team can set the tone early, in order to come out of Carolina with the win.

Geno Smith looked sharp in Sunday's win, by putting up a pair of touchdowns in Week 14. Connecting with Jeremy Kerley through the air and one rushing score, he snapped his six game scoreless streak. Smith credits the return of teammates Kellen Winslow, Santonio Holmes, and Jeremy Kerley to his success as the offensive weapons have not been on the field together since the beginning of the season.

"It's important to have those guys out here," said Smith. "It's just good to have Kellen and that leadership that he brings, as well as Santonio and Jeremy."

Smith did most of his damage while rolling out of the pocket, hitting the open man with an accurate strike. The execution of his passes on the run gave the Jets' coaching staff faith in Smith, and his ability to create plays.

"Marty dialed up a few of those plays where I was able to use my legs more and get outside the pocket and read some plays downfield," noted Smith.

Gang Green hopes that the first year quarterback carries over last week's success into Carolina, as New York tries to make a push for the postseason. The tenacious defense of the Panthers has posed a great challenge to other teams throughout the season but Smith believes that his team can bring home a win.

"I think they lead the league in pretty much every defensive category," said Smith, referring to the Carolina Panthers' defense, "so it's going to be another tough game for us," admitted Smith. "We just have got to continue to prepare and go out there and fight hard," to get the win.

Smith also said that the team's spirits are higher this week, following the win at home, and that the team needs to have success early. The running game needs to set the tone, especially on first down.

"When we're able to run the ball and control the line of scrimmage, obviously we do better as an offense," explained Smith.

The Jets are flying high into this week's road trip to Carolina, riding on Smith's success. The Green and White look to get the win on the road, hoping to put together a string of wins to reach the postseason.


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