Jets Overcome Injury to Smith; Fitzpatrick Steps Up in 24-16 Win Over Ravens

Baltimore Ravens v New York Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Geno Smith and led the Jets on three scoring drives, and a rejuvenated defense came up with two rare interceptions in a 24-16 comeback victory over the Ravens on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick came in for Smith in the second quarter and led the Jets on a go-ahead drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte. Fitzpatrick finished 9 of 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown as the Jets (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Smith injured his right knee while taking a sack from Baltimore’s Matthew Judon. Fitzpatrick was efficient after losing his job earlier in the week.

Coach Todd Bowles decided to start Smith over Fitzpatrick , who had thrown an NFL-leading 11 interceptions and just five touchdown passes. Smith was 4 of 8 for 95 yards and a TD to Quincy Enunwa.

Justin Tucker put the Ravens (3-4) back up 16-14 as time expired in the first half with his third field goal, a 44-yarder.

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Ravens vs Jets NFL Week Seven Inactives

Ravens: CB Shareece Wright, LB Terrell Suggs, LB C.J. Mosley, LB Elvis Dumervil, LB Marshal Yanda, OT Ronnie Stanley, WR Steve Smith

Jets: DE Maurice Wilkerson, LB Darron Lee, QB Bryce Petty, QB Christian Hackenberg, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, OL Brent Qvale, WR Jeremy Butler

Ravens vs Jets NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS Past 8  
COACHES VS. OPP. John Harbaugh: 3-0 Todd Bowles: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 27-23 at New York Giants L 28-3 at Arizona
LAST GAME 11/24/13: Jets 3 at Ravens 19. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco passes for 273 yards & TD. Ravens S Corey Graham records 3 PDs & 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/13/10: Ravens 10, Jets 9. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco passes for 248 yards. Ravens WR Anquan Boldin has 7 receptions for 110 yards & RB Willis McGahee rushes for TD.
REFEREE Walt Anderson
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Bal), 133 (NYJ). XM: 380 (Bal), 229 (NYJ).


PASSING Joe Flacco: 164-264-1589-5-4-78.9 Ryan Fitzpatrick: 127-223-1441-5-11-63.4
RUSHING Terrance West: 88-414-4.7-3 Matt Forte: 102-360-3.5-3
RECEIVING Dennis Pitta (TE): 34-295-8.7-0 Quincy Enunwa: 30-336-11.2-1
OFFENSE 347.0 331.5
TAKE/GIVE +3 -11
DEFENSE 294.8 (3L) 375.5
SACKS Terrell Suggs: 5 Leonard Williams: 5
INTs C.J. Mosley: 3 (T2L) Marcus Williams: 2
PUNTING Sam Koch: 47.5 Lachlan Edwards (R): 43.2
KICKING Justin Tucker: 53 (8/8 PAT; 15/15 FG) Nick Folk: 41 (8/9 PAT; 11/12 FG)


RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO has won all 3 starts in career vs. NYJ. Incl. playoffs, is 42-6 (.875) when he has 100+ rating…RB TERRANCE WEST has rushed for 295 yards (98.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3. Rushed for 87 yards & 2 TDs last week…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. ranks 9th in NFL history with 14,242 rec. yards. Needs 12 catches to reach 1,000 in career. Smith & HOFer TIM BROWN are only 2 in NFL history with 900+ catches & TD via run, catch, PR & KR. WR MIKE WALLACE has TD in 3 of past 5 vs. Jets. Had 4 catches for 97 yards (24.3 avg.) last week. TE DENNIS PITTA has 34 catches, 2nd most by NFL TE…LB TERRELL SUGGS is franchise leader with 111.5 sacks. LB C.J. MOSLEY has INT in 3 of his past 4. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 3.5 sacks in 3 career meetings & aims for 4th in row vs. NYJ with sack. LB ZACHARY ORR has 18 tackles, 2 FRs & FF in past 2…K JUSTIN TUCKER has made all 15 FGs in 2016. Made all 4 FGs, incl. 53-yarder in last meeting…JETS: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 382 yards & 4 TDs in last meeting (10/24/10 with Buf.). Has 19 TDs vs. 7 INTs in past 8 at home…RB MATT FORTÉ had 125 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 42 rec.) & rec. TD in last game vs. Bal. (11/17/13 with Chi.). Since entering NFL in 2008, has 13,171 scrimmage yards (8,962 rush, 4,209 rec.), most in NFL…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 7 100-yard games in past 12. Has 16 TDs in 22 games with NYJ. Has 11 TDs in 10 home games with NYJ…DT LEONARD WILLIAMS has 7.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 11. Has 4.5 sacks in past 4 at home. DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has 8.5 sacks in past 14. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 7.5 sacks in past 6 at home. CB MARCUS WILLIAMS has 6 INTs in past 9 at home. LB LORENZO MAULDIN has 5 sacks in past 6 at home. LB DAVID HARRIS had 35-yard INT-TD vs. Bal. on 10/2/11.

Jets Make the QB Switch; Geno Smith to Start Sunday for Ryan Fitzpatrick

Geno Smith

The decision has finally been made – the Jets are making a switch at the quarterback position.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles made the move after another awful outing for Ryan Fitzpatrick during the 28-3 Monday night loss to the Cardinals in Arizona.

Bowels gave Fitz a vote of confidence after the 25-point loss, but decided after speaking to coaches to make the move to Geno Smith, a former Jets second-round pick.

Smith went 4 of 6 passes for 31 yards and an interception in mop up time during the loss to the Cardinals.

In 32 games (29 starts), Smith has thrown 27 touchdowns with 36 interceptions. The Jets are 1-5 on the season after missing the playoffs by a game last season with a loss to the Bills in the final game of the season.

Former Jets DL Dennis Byrd Killed in Car Accident in Claremore, Oklahoma

Dennis Byrd

It’s a tragic day for Jets fans, as former lineman Dennis Byrd, best remembered for coming back from a serious spinal injury, has died following a car accident in Oklahoma.

Here’s the details from Pro Football Talk:

Dennis Byrd, a former Jets defensive lineman best known for battling back from a serious spinal injury and recovering to walk again, has died at the age of 51.

Byrd was killed in a car crash in Claremore, Oklahoma, today. According to Fox 23, Byrd was driving down the highway when his vehicle was struck head on by another vehicle, which had crossed the center line. A 12-year-old passenger in Byrd’s vehicle was hospitalized, as was the 17-year-old boy driving the vehicle that hit Byrd’s vehicle. Byrd was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thoughts and prayers to Dennis’ family.

Jets vs Cardinals NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS Past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Todd Bowles: 0-0 Bruce Arians: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 31-13 at Pittsburgh W 33-21 at San Francisco
LAST GAME 12/2/12: Cardinals 6 at Jets 7. New York QB Greg McElroy throws games only TD pass. Jets RB Shonn Greene rushes for 104 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/28/04: Jets 13, Cardinals 3. Jets’ defense holds Arizona to 137 total net yards. Jets WR Santana Moss has 5 receptions for 109 yards & TD.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harland, Kurt Warner, Max Starks. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NYJ), 81 (Ari). XM: 226 (NYJ), 225 (Ari).


PASSING Ryan Fitzpatrick: 111-192-1267-5-10-64.7 Carson Palmer: 90-153-1150-6-5-81.9
RUSHING Matt Forté: 93-341-3.7-3 David Johnson: 91-457 (3L)-5.0-5 (T3L)
RECEIVING Quincy Enunwa: 27-294-10.9-1 Larry Fitzgerald: 31-361-11.6-5 (T1L)
OFFENSE 351.8 363.2
DEFENSE 370.8 308.0
SACKS Leonard Williams: 5 Markus Golden: 6 (T3L)
INTs Marcus Williams: 2 Marcus Cooper: 3 (T2L)
PUNTING Lachlan Edwards (R): 43.6 Ryan Quigley: 42.4
KICKING Nick Folk: 38 (8/9 PAT; 10/11 FG) Chandler Catanzaro: 31 (13/14 PAT; 6/7 FG)


JETS: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 402 yards & 4 TDs in last start vs. Az. (12/15/13 with Ten.)…RB MATT FORTÉ has 529 scrimmage yards (132.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 on MNF. Since entering NFL in 2008, has 13,149 scrimmage yards (8,943 rush, 4,206 rec.), most in NFL…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 7 100-yard games in past 11. Has 16 TDs in 21 games with NYJ. Has TD in 5 of past 7 on MNF. Has 100+ rec. yards in 6 of past 9 on MNF. WR ERIC DECKER has TD in 6 of his past 7…DT LEONARD WILLIAMS has 7.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 10, incl. sack & FF last week. DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has 8.5 sacks in past 13. CB DARRELLE REVIS has 3 INTs (1 TD) in 2 meetings. In past 4 on MNF, has 4 INTs (incl. 100-yard TD) & 2 FR…CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER has 10 TD passes in past 4 vs. AFC…RB DAVID JOHNSON leads NFL in scrimmage yards (695). Is 1st Cardinal to have 100+ scrimmage yards in each of team’s 1st 5 games. Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with TD. Rushed for 157 yards & 2 TDs in Week 5… WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 6 receptions for 81 yards & 2 TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with 7+ receptions. Has 5 TDs in past 5 at home. Since entering NFL in 2004, ranks 1st in catches (1,049) & rec. yards (13,727) with 103 TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD aims for 3rd in row at home with TD… DEFENSE had 7 sacks, 2 INTs & safety in Week 5…DT CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 sacks, INT & safety last week. LB DEONE BUCANNON led team with 14 tackles in Week 5. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 2 sacks last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 6 sacks. LB CHANDLER JONES has 6 sacks & 2 FFs in 7 career meetings. CB PATRICK PETERSON had INT in last meeting.


What Has Happened To Ryan Fitzpatrick?


It’s a very good question and one that most Jets fans are struggling to answer. Last year, the New York running game was weak and Fitzpatrick had to more or less carry the offense – in a contract year; a crucial point to remember.

The Harvard graduate, who was drafted into the NFL by the Rams in 2005, has failed to live up to the hype this year since signing a one-year $12 million contract in July. A coincidence? Potentially but hear our thoughts on the Jets quarterback before jumping to any assumptions; it could be a deeper problem.

If you look closely at Fitzpatrick’s professional career, you notice a trend in his role and style of play – no matter where he has been. For the vast majority of his NFL tenure, he has been a capable backup and Fitzpatrick has always tended to perform well in somebody’s absence.

However, when the pressure is on and he has to carry an offense, he seems to crumble. And to be honest, it is hard to label this as a coincidence when it has occurred consistently for a decade or so…

Last season, Fitzpatrick threw 31 touchdown passes – a career-high total for the Jets signal caller. Meanwhile, he racked up 3,905 yards and 335 completions; two high totals compared to his previous years.

To be fair, he was throwing to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker – two reliable and competent pass-catchers. Nowadays, he should focus a lot more on using Forte out of the backfield and this could help to take some of the pressure off his shoulders under center.

As of October 7th, Todd Bowles’ side are priced at 50/1 to turn their form around and win the Super Bowl this season.

Whilst the New England Patriots look like they are set to retain the AFC East crown once again, New York could sneak a wildcard spot if Fitzpatrick cuts out the interceptions and focuses more on improving his own game. For more Jets news and odds in the run-up to the playoffs, visit Betting Sports’ website – they can keep you updated on the NFL standings and general postseason picture.

Who knows, Fitzpatrick could just be going through a phase; and Jets fans will be keeping their fingers crossed ahead of a difficult run of fixtures. If they fail to pick up their form in the coming weeks, they could slip out of playoff contention – and Fitzpatrick’s chances of earning an extended contract could be all but over.

The Ryan Fitzpatrick story is about to get even more interesting… watch this space.

Jets Can’t Stop Big Ben, Fall to Steelers in Pittsburgh 31-13

New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and four touchdowns and the surging Pittsburgh Steelers pulled away in the second half for a 31-13 win over the Jets on Sunday.

New York’s Ryan Fitzpatrick avoided the interceptions that have plagued him this season, completing 25 of 38 for 265 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Marshall. Yet the Jets also mustered little offense in the second half and couldn’t keep up as the Steelers put together clinical scoring drive after clinical scoring drive.

Pittsburgh (4-1) played without starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert, but had little trouble protecting Roethlisberger from one of the NFL’s top defensive lines. Roethlisberger was sacked just once and rarely pressured as he spread the ball around. Six Steelers had at least two receptions.

New York took a 13-7 lead in the second quarter on a 15-yard lob from Fitzpatrick to Marshall, but the Steelers took the lead back with a brilliant 11-play, 75-yard drive in the final 2 minutes of the half, ending with a flip from Roethlisberger to Jesse James.

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