Full Week 3 Stat Predictions for New York Jets' Offense
The New York Jets' offensive travesty raged throughout a dismal defeat against a stagnant team led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady in Week 2.
Rookie QB Geno Smith endured enormous struggle in the fourth quarter of a winnable football game, chucking three interceptions into the teeth of a mediocre defense.
Brady's frustration was symbolically relative to the Jets' inefficiency on offense. The game was a straight-up defensive struggle between two highly inefficient offenses.
The Jets' defense forced Brady to throw more incompletions (20) than completions (19) for the first time in the Rex Ryan era, but failed to earn a victory.
Smith needs to vastly improve for the Jets to right the ship in a divisional showdown with the Bills in Week 3.
In addition, the Jets need to re-think their offensive concept. Pass-happy offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg forced an unnecessary amount of pressure onto Smith in the fourth quarter of the Jets' matchup with the Patriots.
The run game needs be to a priority as the rookie signal-caller steadily learns how to functionally operate an offense in the NFL.
The following slideshow highlights full Week 3 stat predictions for each positional unit on the Jets' offense:
Kellen Winslow Jr. was a major factor in the Jets' season-opening win over the Buccaneers, but netted just 16 receiving yards against the Patriots.
The knee-laden tight end is going to be a pivotal key for the Jets' offense in 2013.
Smith needs to reignite the chemistry he seemingly developed with Winslow in Week 1 to propel the Jets' passing attack.
Winslow has turned into the Jets' top tight end in the early-going, although it's about time for Jeff Cumberland to get involved in the offense.
The Jets need maximum production from the tight end position to succeed on offense this season. It became blatantly known that the Jets feature a decrepit band of "playmakers" on offense in Week 2.
The team's receiving corps are lackluster, fueling a need for Cumberland and Winslow to perform at a high level on a week-to-week basis.
Smith will continue to heavily target his receivers as part of Mornhinweg's West Coast offense. However, the tight ends need to become more relied upon to move the chains.
Kellen Winslow: 4 reception, 55 yards, 1 touchdown
Jeff Cumberland: 2 receptions, 22 yards
The Jets' rush attack averaged 4.0 yards per carry against the Patriots, but became an absent element in the fourth quarter when Smith unraveled.
Mornhinweg needs to make a concerted effort to focus on the ground game. This season marks the first time in the former failed head coach's career that he's starting a rookie quarterback on offense.
Smith is destined to endure growing pains, which were on display in the fourth quarter of the Jets' first defeat of the season.
The ground-and-pound is virtually dead in New York, but the Jets still need to be reliant upon their rush attack for production on offense.
Chris Ivory finally showcased some upside in Week 2, rushing for 52 yards on 12 carries. Look for the dread-locked back to break loose for a big gain against the Bills in Week 3.
Bilal Powell will likely continue to feature consistent, albeit moderate, production.
Powell heard his number called 12 times on Thursday night, racking up 48 rushing yards. Powell's receiving prowess shouldn't go unnoticed, as he supplies Smith with a safety net in check down situations.
The Bills are currently yielding 141.5 rushing yards per game in the early-going of the new season. The Jets need to expose a beatable Bills' front seven and set the tempo for Smith on offense.
Chris Ivory: 13 carries, 70 yards, 1 touchdown
Bilal Powell: 12 carries, 75 yards; 3 catches, 30 yards
The Jets' receiving corps were awful in the team's three-point road loss to the arch-rival Patriots.
Dolphins' reject Clyde Gates was hugely talked about when training camp commenced, but has plummeted into the depths of mediocrity since.
Gates failed to catch a deep ball that hit him in the chest on a perfectly timed pass by Smith. The play would have set up the Jets with a go-ahead touchdown opportunity.
Santonio Holmes isn't an elite No. 1 receiver anymore, but he's still the best receiving target on the Jets' roster. The former Super Bowl MVP hasn't reached paydirt since Week 2 of last season against the Steelers. That could change in a crucial divisional matchup against the Bills.
Look for Holmes to bust open for a red-zone touchdown against Buffalo.
Second-year receiver Stephen Hill remains vastly inconsistent. He led the team with four receptions and 86 receiving yards on eight targets against the Patriots, but committed a ghastly mistake, fumbling the football on a big gain that eventually resulted in three points in the other direction.
Hill will continue to be heavily targeted because of his speed burst ability, which enables him to gain separation on defenders. He needs to take advantage of clear-cut playmaking opportunities to help his team win.
The Jets' offense should also benefit from having slot receiver Jeremy Kerley back on the field, who missed Week 2 with a concussion.
Santonio Holmes: 4 receptions, 70 yards, 1 touchdown
Stephen Hill: 5 receptions, 45 yards
Jeremy Kerley: 2 receptions, 32 yards
Rookie QB Geno Smith needs a solid bounce-back game after tossing three interceptions in the fourth quarter against the Patriots.
It's highly likely the Jets would have upended the Patriots if Smith had committed one fewer turnover.
The inexperienced signal-caller remains confident and unfazed by his dismal 15 for 35 performance in Week 2. The Jets didn't need to force his hand while down just three points in the fourth quarter. However, it's apparent that chucking the ball downfield is a major component of the team's new-look offense.
Smith will continue to hurl 30-plus passes per game, which is why it's crucial for his supporting cast to maximize big play opportunities. Smith's all-around performance was hindered by drops, but three bad throws ultimately cost the Jets a win.
Smith needs to quickly learn how to better read the field to cut-down on game-changing mistakes. The Bills have surrendered 228 passing yards per contest in their first two games.
That number will likely remain relatively static in Week 3.
Smith should feel more comfortable on his home turf. The rookie has a solid chance to rebound from a poor performance and lead the Jets to their second win of the season.
The Jets struggle early-on behind up-and-down QB play, but explode for two second-half touchdowns in Week 3. Smith connects with Holmes and Winslow inside the red zone, leading the Jets to a 24-16 win over the Bills.
Geno Smith: 20 for 35, 254 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception