Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass during the second half of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Patriots 30-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
I don’t think Geno Smith will be a good NFL QB and I certainly would not want him as my QB. However, I have to eat a little crow when it comes to Geno Smith. So far, he has been better than most thought, and much better than I thought.
But, lets’ not get carried away here – his completion percentage is under 60% (58.3%), he has a rating of 74.3, a QBR of 35.8, more INTs (11) than TDs (8), 6 fumbles and is on pace for 39 turnovers (25 INTS, 14 fumbles). On the other sideline is Dalton with a 24-15 career record, 2 playoff appearances and 709 yards, 6 TDs, and 1 INT in his last 2 games. Advantage, Dalton.
While the Jets are 11th (124.3 ypg) and the Bengals 18th (102.7 ypg), the teams are actually much closer when it comes to their backs – the Jets stats are a little skewed by Smith running. The Jets top 2 backs (Powell and Ivory) have accounted for 585 yards on 158 carries (3.7 ypc), nearly a mirror image of the Bengals top 2 backs (BJGE and Bernard) – 583 yards on 166 carries (3.5 ypc).
However, where the Bengals have the advantage is: 1) TDs from their backs (7-1), and 2) the receiving game – Bernard has 25 receptions for 233 yards and 1 TD, or 9 receptions, 98 yards, and 2 TDs more than Powell and Ivory combined. Because of the receiving capability, the Bengals backs get the edge.
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