The New York Jets‘ entire preseason was a circus. It was one joke after another, one embarrassment after another. It’s only appropriate that they’d win the season opener after a string of boneheaded twists and turns.
Geno Smith actually did show tremendous composure in the pocket. His numbers weren’t spectacular, as he went 24-of-38 for 256 yards, with one touchdown and one pick, but it was the lack of rookie mistakes that really set him apart.
After a horrific preseason in which Smith threw three painful picks in one game prior to Mark Sanchez being hurt, very little if anything was expected out of the rookie out of West Virginia.
That being said, he exceeded expectations.
As stated, he didn’t shine with any spectacular plays, but that’s what made him effective. He made very little if any stupid mistakes and that was enough.
The mistakes came on behalf of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who practically handed the game to the Jets on the last play of the game. Geno Smith got the ball after the Bucs took a late two-point lead with only 38 seconds left. He then maintained his composure and drove the Jets to around midfield. On a basic scramble, he was pushed while out of bounds by second year linebacker Lavonte David.
And just like that, the Jets were in field goal range following the penalty to win the game.
The Buccaneers played the role the Jets were born to play. Geno Smith is likely to be anointed the Messiah in New York, but we’ll just have to see how he does next week.