LRU Roundtable: Turnovers Cost the Jets a Chance to Turn Season Around

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The Locker Room Update New York Jets writers Robert Melofchik and Christa Levitas give their recap of the Jets loss to the Bills 43-23.

Six turnovers and putting the defense behind the eight ball all game. The Bills were starting drives deep in Jets territory all game. Total rushing yards- Jets: 137; Bills: 67, and total passing yards- Bills: 213; Jets 137. First downs- Jets: 22; Bills: 12, and time of possession- Jets 32:17; Bills: 27:43. The Jets won in almost every stat except the turnover battle.

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Jets Player Bright Spot: 

Robert Melofchik: Quinton Coples

Christa Levitas: Chris Ivory

Play of the Game or Turning Point:

Robert Melofchik: Geno Smith, in the first quarter, throwing 3 picks in 7 minutes.

Christa Levitas: Play of the game was Nick Folk’s 55 yard field goal before the half.

Offense:

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Jet QB Report:

Robert Melofchik: The QB situation got so bad the Jets switched to Michael Vick after 10 minutes in the first quarter. What a terrible day for Geno Smith: 2 for 8 with 5 yards 3 interceptions. That may have been the worst game ever played by a quarterback. Smith was over-throwing receivers and missing open targets. He looked like he wasn’t prepared for the game. Then, he threw into coverage on 2 of his interceptions. Finally, he over-throws Decker, resulting in the interception that ended his day.

Michael Vick replaced him and gave the offense some energy. Vick went 18 for 36 with 153 yards, 1 interception, and 2 fumbles. Vick was using his legs running for first downs. I like the way he threw the deep ball. Vick had no first team reps in practice so his timing was off. Still, Vick had a good drive before the half with 33 seconds to work with. He got the Jets within 7 before heading to the locker room.

Christa Levitas: Geno Smith was extremely inconsistent, he looked uncomfortable against the Bills defense, and threw 3 interceptions during the first quarter before he got benched.

Michael Vick helped create a much-needed spark after a horrendous 1st quarter. He was able make plays and use his legs to move down the field which helped work to his advantage.

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Jets Ground Attack Report:

Robert Melofchik: The Jets lined Percy Harvin up all over in the slot, out wide, out of the backfield. Harvin was a bonus in the running game. On the ground, Harvin averaged 7.0 yards a carry with 4 carries and 28 yards. Mike Vick was the most productive on the ground. Vick had 8 carries for 69 yards, avg. 8.6 yards a carry. The speed on the field with Harvin and Vick gives defense a lot think about. Bilal Powell avg 7.0 yards a carry on 4 carries for 28 yards; Chris Ivory had 13 carries for 43 yards, 3.3 avg per carry.

Christa Levitas: Chris Ivory: took most of the snaps at running backs against the Bills. Ivory caught 13 passes for 43 yards and had 2 touchdowns.Chris Johnson: caught 3 passes for 7 yards.Bilal Powell: caught 4 passes for 28 yards and 1 touchdown.Overall, the Jets run game was effective at getting touchdowns against the Bills

Jets Passing Attack Report:

Robert Melofchik: The wide receivers struggled getting separations in their routes. Jace Amaro is continuing to improve with his 5 catches for 51 yards. Eric Decker had 7 catches for 40 yards. Jeremy Kerley had 2 dropped passes; he went 2 catches for 25 yards. Harvin had 2 catches for 22 yards,

Christa Levitas: Jets were able to incorporate Percy Harvin in a variety of different plays. Harvin had 3 catches for 22 yards. Eric Decker had 7 catches for 40 yards. Jace Amaro had 5 catches for 51 yards. Jeremy Kerley had 2 catches for 25 yards.

Offensive Trenches Report:

Robert Melofchik: It was a poor performance from the offense line. They are a huge part of why the Jets are 1-7.

Christa Levitas: Jets made a change at quarterback they benched Geno Smith after throwing 3 interceptions during the first quarter. The Jets than went with Michael Vick with the rest of the game who helped provided the offense the much-needed spark. He was able to take advantage of the run game against the Bills. Chris Ivory who had most of the starting snaps at running back had 2 touchdowns, while Bilal Powell had one touchdown. The offensive line was inconsistent, Vick was able to use his legs in order to move downfield.

Defense:

Linebacker Report:

Christa Levitas: David Harris had a great game against the Bills with 10 tackles. Both Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson were able to get the quarterback. Quinton Coples also had a great game, and was able to sack Kyle Orton twice.

Robert Melofchik: Quinton Coples was very active in the pass rush and tackles. He finished with 1.5 sacks and 5 tackles. He was one of the few bright spots. David Harris a solid 10 tackles. Calvin Pace with .5 sack as well. Demario Davis is a few keys plays in coverage, one coming on a third down.

Defensive Trenches Report:

Christa Levitas: The Jets defense played great against the Bills defense. The Jets defense were able to stop the Bills 3rd and long, making them settle for field goals. The defense was able to get pressure on Kyle Orton. However, the secondary is still a big weakness on the Jets defense. They continue to give up big plays.

Robert Melofchik: Sheldon Richardson had 5 tackles and had .5 sack. Muhammad Wilkerson had .5 sack too. The defensive line was solid.

Secondary Report:

Christa Levitas: Cornerback Kyle Wilson was able to sack the quarterback and had 3 tackles. Saalim Hakim played cornerback and was able to use his speed to catch Sammy Watkins near the 5 yard line.

Robert Melofchik: Kyle Wilson had a blitzing sack on third down. Saalim Hakim played well in the secondary. Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins celebrated too soon and thought he scored a long touchdown. The Jets speedster Saalim Hakim catch him from behind. Antonio Allen continues to get beat on plays, time for him to go back to safety. Calvin Pryor is struggling in angles and playing safety. The secondary gave Kyle Orton a career day with 10/17 for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns. Sammy Watkins had 3 catches for 157 yards and 1 touchdowns.

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