Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Geno Giveaway

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Geno Giveaway

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Geno Smith's last pass of the night Monday was caught by a teammate.

Unfortunately for the Jets, Jeremy Kerley was out of the end zone when he made a leaping grab of Smith's pass on fourth-and-5 from the 9. And Chicago held on for a 27-19 victory at MetLife Stadium.

Chicago (2-1) used a 12-play, 46-yard drive that resulted in a 45- yard field goal by Robbie Gould for a 27-19 lead with 3:10 left. The Jets then took over at their 20 after a touchback and Smith converted a fourth-and-3 at the 27 with a 3-yard pass to rookie tight end Jace Amaro, three plays after Chicago linebacker Jonathan Bostic dropped a sure interception.

On third-and-11 from the 29, Smith hit Greg Salas on a catch-and- run for 51 yards to give the Jets a first down at the Chicago 20. But the Jets (1-2), who had problems throughout the game getting into the end zone, couldn't capitalize with the touchdown they desperately needed. Smith threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

"We know we can play with anybody in this league,'' Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "We've just got to find a way to win against good teams.''

The Jets started terribly. On the second play from scrimmage, Smith threw a screen intended for running back Chris Johnson. But the pass was well off the mark and went right to ex-Giant Ryan Mundy, who returned it 45 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

"I feel good about this football team and I feel good about Geno Smith,'' said Ryan when asked if he might give backup Michael Vick more playing time.

The Jets got one first down on their next possession but were forced to punt. The defense held the Bears to a three-and-out, but Patrick O'Donnell's punt was muffed by rookie Jalen Saunders, and Ahmad Dixon recovered for the Bears at the Jets' 40. On the next play, Jay Cutler tried to hit Alshon Jeffery deep down the right sideline. Jeffery got tangled up with cornerback Darrin Walls, who was flagged for pass interference, giving Chicago a first-and-goal at the 7. On third down, Cutler threaded a 7-yard touchdown pass to another former Giant, tight end Martellus Bennett. …

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