Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWhile this might be one of the biggest exercises in obviousness, we’re going to hand out some game balls to players after each game this season.
Geno Smith — Smith (24-38 for 256 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT with 47 rush yards) never lost his composure in the midst of a tough stretch during the first half. While he had a pick and a fumble, it was the 31 yard touchdown drive coming off the Dawan Landry interception right before the half that demonstrated that he was not going to let the defense get the best of him. Geno ran only two times in the first half, but ran four more times in the second half and drew that costly penalty from Lavonte David that set up the game-winning field goal. More than all that, it was refreshing to see a QB who knew how to scramble and slide effectively and to throw away the ball when he needed to.
Muhammad Wilkerson — While his stat line might not jump out, we have to expect that a site like PFF will grade Mo out extremely well. WIlkerson had two tackles, but had a tackle for loss, a QB hurry and a sack and penetrated the line on countless occasion, along with his band of thieves Damon Harrison and Sheldon Richardson. The Jets won’t play as saggy interior line for a couple of weeks, but just think about how good this group could be whenever Quinton Coples does return .. ** shudders **
Nick Folk — A 48 yarder with the game on the line and time running down? Nails. Aside from the game-winner, Folk had two more field goals (43, 30) that were key to the Jets staying in the game.