Former Mountaineer Geno Smith has finally lost his butterfingers, or at least for one game. After game after game of fumbles galore, Geno had a turnover-less night, and the Jets won a thriller, 30-28.
Smith had a marvelous performance, compiling 199 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 147.7. Although his offensive line was obviously stunned by the power of Atlanta’s strong defensive line (headlined by Osi Umenyiora), he continued to not be fazed by the oncoming rushes. He never looked worried, or upset about anything. He was, for the most part, calm, cool, and collected. He looked like, for the first time, a professional NFL quarterback, not the fun-loving and immature college kid he used to be.
Geno seems to have made quite the connection with his tight end, Jeff Cumberland, who had 79 yards and a touchdown on the night. Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was also targeted multiple times, having 68 yards and an additional touchdown.
The Jets defense, however, gave up a touchdown to Matt Ryan and the Falcons with 2 minutes left. This left Geno and his offense with under a minute to try to get in field goal position to win the game. And they did just that.
They exceptionally quickly, and dramatically, zipped up the field. Nick Folk kicked in the winning field goal, and Geno had won his biggest game of his career. Even Mark Sanchez looked happy after the win.
The Jets are now 3-2, and in prime contention for the AFC East title. We here at Hail WV will continue to give all updates on his chase for the postseason.