Don’t write off Geno Smith’s career just yet. The rookie out of West Virginia led the Jets to a 37-27 win over the Raiders, the Jets first win since November 3rd and the most points the team has scored since week 1 of the 2012 season.
Geno even threw a touchdown, his first since October 27th against the Patriots, and ran for another. His 88.6 rating was his highest since week 3.
For the game, Geno completed 16 of 25 passes for 219 yards, and ran for 50 more.
Defense, Geno, and special teams carried the Jets in the first half. Smith hit Jeremy Kerley for a beautiful 25-yard touchdown late in the first quarter that made the score 10-0.
Then with 4 minutes left in the half, Antonio Allen blocked an Oakland punt and recovered it in the end-zone for a touchdown to make the score 20-3 going entering halftime. Allen’s block punt returned for a touchdown was the Jets first since Joe McKnight against the Cowboys in week one of the 2011 season, and the first special teams score of the year.
Oakland came out firing in the 2nd half beginning with a Marcel Reece 63-yard touchdown run. Reece became the first player to run for 100 yards against the Jets this season.
Geno came right back though executing a 10-play, 72-yard drive capped off by his 8-yard touchdown run that brought the Jets lead back up to 17.
The Jets defense continued to break against Matt McGloin. McGloin found Rob Streater for a 48-yard hook-up to keep the Raiders in it. Streater had a monster game catching 7 passes for 130 yards.
A Chris Ivory 15-yard touchdown run though with 9 minutes left virtually sealed the deal. The Raiders added one more score, but the Jets recovered an onside kick ending Oakland’s hopes of a comeback.
Kellen Winslow was the Jets leading receiver with 3 catches for 61 yards. With the win, the Jets season has been temporarily saved, but have to face an excellent Panthers team next week in Charlotte.