Geno Smith played like a true rookie turning the ball over 4 times in the Jets 38-13 debacle against the Titans on Sunday afternoon. Tennessee used those 4 turnovers very effectively turning them into 29 points.
Geno wasted no time throwing an interception to Alterraun Verner on the 2nd play of the game on a pass intended for Stephen Hill. Hill was drilled in the head area on the play and would not return. That was pretty much the story of the game for the Jets.
Five plays later, Jake Locker found Delanie Walker for a touchdown as the Titans took the lead. Then with the Jets driving early in the 2nd quarter, Smith fumbled on a 3rd down scramble, and Verner recovered it for Tennessee.
Six plays later, it was Nate Washington hauling in a Jake Locker touchdown pass to make the score 17-3. The Jets defense buckled up after that keeping the Titans off the board. But after getting the ball back on offense, Geno was intercepted on the first play of the drive, again by Verner who was all over the place in this one.
On the final play of the half, the Titans had another music city miracle as Locker found Justin Hunter in the end-zone as time expired, a flat out back breaker for the Jets.
The only real negative play for the Titans came in the 3rd quarter when Locker was hit by Mo Wilkerson and had to leave the game on a stretcher with a hip injury.
The severity of the injury is not yet known, but it could very well be a season ender which would put a huge damper on the Titans season. Locker had been playing terrific football prior to being injured, and back-up Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn’t bring nearly as much upside as Locker brings to the huddle.
But back to Geno and his turnovers. His 4th turnover came at the Jets 16-yard line when Karl Klug stripped Smith as he was backpedaling, and recovered the ball in the end-zone for a touchdown. Geno now has a league high 11 turnovers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick then showed off his arm throwing a 77-yard strike to Nate Washington to un-doubtedly put the game away as the Titans took a 38-13 lead.
The Jets fall to 2-2 on the season while the Titans improve to 3-1. The bottom line for the Jets in this one is that if you turn the ball over 4 times, you’re going to lose, plain and simple. Geno Smith must start making better decisions with the football because the defense can’t and won’t consistently bail him out.
While the Jets got destroyed on the scoreboard, the game wasn’t nearly as lopsided as it appears. The Jets defense actually played well considering all the tough spots they were put in, and New York had 8 more yards of total offense than the Titans. Chris Johnson was a complete non-factor rushing for 21 yards on 15 carries.
The Jets now begin a brutal month of October and early November that includes games against the Falcons next Monday night, the Steelers, Patriots, Bengals, and Saints in a 5-game stretch that will either make or break the teams season.