Posted October 27, 2013

Geno Smith throws two pick-sixes in embarrassing performance against Bengals

AFC East, AFC North, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets
Geno Smith looked very much like a rookie QB against the Bengals.

Geno Smith looked very much like a rookie QB against the Bengals. (David Kohl/AP)

Like most rookie quarterbacks, Geno Smith of the New York Jets has been hot and cold this season. When he’s at his best, as he was against the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, he seems to be the easy future for the Jets at the game’s most important position. When he’s not? Well, there was the no-touchdown, three-pick debacle against the Patriots earlier in the season, and there is what he did against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Bengals offense set a lofty pace (it put up 28 points in the first half alone), but Smith didn’t help — he became the first quarterback this season to throw two interceptions for opponent touchdowns in the same game.

The first one came with 14:54 left in the third quarter, when Smith threw to nickel cornerback Chris Crocker, who returned it 32 yards for the score:

Then, with 13:21 left in the game, Adam Jones took Smith’s second pick to the house on a 60-yard play:

(Thanks to Bleacher Report for both GIFs.)

At that point, Smith had completed 20-of-30 passes for 159 yards, no touchdowns and two picks, and the Jets were losing, 49-9. On the next series, backup Matt Simms replaced Smith under center.

Smith is an evolving quarterback with potential, but he hast to be quicker and more decisive on certain throws, especially shorter throws that can easily be jumped. This was an expensive lesson.

6 comments
TimFerrell
TimFerrell

Spending time with the fam tonight and needed to phone one in, Doug?  The Bengals offense destroyed one of the top defenses in the NFL and held the Jets to no touchdowns.  Andy Dalton had his third straight 300+ passing game and threw five touchdown passes -- leading all NFL quarterbacks in the past three games.  Marvin Jones had four touchdown receptions and had a breakout game.  Did you even watch the game?  Lazy and irresponsible journalism at its finest.  Way to collect a check, Doug.

Matthew53
Matthew53

The Jets gave it their all in the "Super Bowl" against the Pats last week. 


They've got nothing left in the tank....

Stick a fork in the fat foot man, he's done! 

cozmikrebl
cozmikrebl

Not one mention of Andy Dalton's complete domination of the Jet's third ranked defense huh? 19/30 325 5 TD passes. Four of those were caught by Marvin Jones. Yet this gets the headline? Heads up, those pick 6's were just "icing"..they had no bearing on the outcome of this game. Your reporting is pathetic. 

me1
me1

@Matthew53 and they can thank a pretty iffy call to give them the final FG

FrankieBeirne
FrankieBeirne

@cozmikrebl and TimFerrell

 Agreed. I'm a diehard Jets fan and this game was over soon after it began. I don't understand why the article wasn't led with how well the Bengals played (especially Dalton) and made it all about the Jets and their failures. Sorry attempt for a grab at a headline. Bad article.

No pass rush = no D, the Jets are reliant on their ability to sack the QB and we saw what happened today when they don't.

cozmikrebl
cozmikrebl

@FrankieBeirne @cozmikrebl Your Jets didn't play well today but I think they have a bright future. It was just 1 game. Get Geno some weapons and more experience and I think you guys will be in good shape.