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Team Grades: Geno, Jets Find A Way To Lose Third Game In A Row

By Tyson Rauch

Good teams find a way to win, and bad teams find a way to lose. Right now the New York Jets (1-3) are the latter as Gang Green cannot get their act together on offense or defense. New York performs well enough to stay in the game, but poor enough to come up short as evidenced again in the Jets 24-17 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Offense Grade: C-

The Jets offense, led by running back Chris Ivory, came out firing on their first drive with a smash mouth approach. After kicking a field goal the offense then gained 5 yards over the next 5 series. The play calling, which included benching Ivory for 2 series, has become mind boggling as it does not maximize the resources on the roster. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was never established with the quick passing game and the tight ends went relatively unnoticed until the second half. Add in mediocre play from quarterback Geno Smith and you have a recipe for ineptness on offense.

Defense Grade: D

As expected, the New York Jets were able to stifle the Lions running game holding the team to only 88 rushing yards. Unfortunately for Gang Green they were burned by the passing game as quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns. With Calvin Johnson limited, Golden Tate torched the Jets secondary for 116 receiving yards as the New York defense struggled to get off of the field on third down.

In the fourth quarter with the Jets only down by 7 the defense proceeded to give up a 14-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that pretty much sealed the team's fate. A disappointing performance by a unit that likes to consider themselves one of the best in the NFL. To make matters worse both Calvin Pryor and Antonio Allen left the game with injuries.

Quarterback Grade: D

Another disappointing performance from quarterback Geno Smith as he struggled with accuracy and turned the ball over twice. Smith seemed to get rattled in the pocket and started to make terrible decisions with the football. Geno's inconsistency sucks the life out of the offense at times and he is walking a fine line in terms of getting benched.

Special Teams Grade: B

Nick Folk contributed a 27-yard field goal while punter Ryan Quigley had his first quality game of the season averaging 49.3 yards. Walter Powell returned kicks and seems to take far too many risks instead of fair catching the football.

Starts with the coaching

The New York Jets problems begin with the play calling on both sides of the football. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg tries to get too cute with his formations and personnel changes and that hurts the rhythm of the offense. On defense there are far too many blown assignments and mistakes made in pass coverage. As a team the Jets are playing sloppy and inconsistent football and that is the primary reason New York leaves MetLife Stadium as a 1-3 team.

For more Jets news and updates, visit Jets Central.

Tyson Rauch is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on

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