Check below for grades and analysis for each of the Jets' positional units in the ugly defeat.
New York: 14
|Positional Unit||First-Half Grade||Final Grade|
vs. Bills Week 11
Final Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith went from bad in the first half to worse in the second. The Bills defense feasted on the rookie quarterback, constantly pressuring him in the pocket and jumping routes. Smith threw two more interceptions, including a pick-six, in the third quarter, and he was benched in favor of Matt Simms. Simms was solid in garbage time, but the offensive line was horrid throughout.
Run Offense: Chris Ivory had a huge 69-yard run and a short touchdown in the second half, but the Jets running game was mostly ineffective. Apart from Ivory's long run, the Jets recorded just 75 yards on 23 carries. The offensive line was continually pushed back by the Bills defensive front, and the running backs couldn't find any holes.
Pass Defense: Despite playing without both Steve Johnson and Robert Woods, EJ Manuel picked apart New York's secondary. The rookie signal-caller completed 20 of 28 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Buffalo had several huge passing plays, as New York's corners couldn't handle the explosiveness of the Bills' backup receivers. The secondary is a major issue going forward for the Jets.
Run Defense: Even as every other unit on the team fell apart, the Jets run defense held strong. New York's front seven limited Buffalo to just 68 yards on 38 carries for an ugly 1.8 yards per carry average. The "Sons of Anarchy" look to be all headed to the Pro Bowl in January.
Special Teams: After a disastrous first half, the Jets special teams did nothing of note in the final 30 minutes. Josh Cribbs continued to disappoint in the return game, and Folk did not have the opportunity to make up for his missed field goal in the first quarter.
Coaching: The Jets are somehow still in the playoff hunt, but the team is not going anywhere as long as they can't win two consecutive games. The inconsistency has to be put on the shoulders of Rex Ryan. Ryan also kept Smith in the game too long, as the ugly loss would of been a great time for the team to see what Matt Simms could do over an entire half.
First-Half Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith was hit hard and hit often in the first half, and it led to a great deal of mistakes by the rookie quarterback. Smith completed just three passes, fumbled twice (one was lost) and threw an ugly interception. The offensive line was horrific, allowing three sacks and three quarterback hits, and the receiving corps couldn't get open.
Run Offense: The Jets have run the ball well against the Bills in the past, but they weren't able to muster anything on the ground in the first half today. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell combined for just 29 yards on nine carries, as the two running backs weren't able to find any holes up the middle.
Pass Defense: A rookie quarterback playing in rough weather conditions without his top two receiving targets shouldn't have a 117.1 passer rating in the first half. EJ Manuel shredded the Jets cornerbacks, who consistently played well off their men, as he completed 11 of 15 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. New York's front was also inconsistent bringing pressure.
Run Defense: New York's run defense was the lone bright spot in the first half. The unit was once again phenomenal, limiting the Bills to just 28 yards on 19 carries for a measly 1.5 yards per carry. Gang Green's run defense is virtually unpenetrable.
Special Teams: The Jets were a disaster on special teams in the first 30 minutes. Nick Folk missed for the first time all year in the first quarter, and Leger Douzable committed an inexcusable penalty on fourth down that led to a Bills touchdown.
Coaching: When will the inconsistency stop? The Jets go from world beaters one week to scrubs the next. New York is a better team than Buffalo. In a game as a big as this one, and coming off a bye, you would expect the Jets to show up. The team's inability to string any decent play together for an extended period of time has to be squarely placed on Rex Ryan and the coaching staff.