Geno Smith went 4 for 12 with just 27 yards and a Hail Mary interception in the first half before being benched for Michael Vick.
“It was definitely a pathetic showing on my part,” Smith said. “I don’t think I helped at any part of the game.”
Neither did Vick, who went 8 for 19 for 47 yards, leaving the Jets with 151 total yards to the Chargers 439.
The good news is that Smith’s 7.6 passer rating was only the 11th worst in Jets franchise history (minimum 10 passing attempts). The bad news is that Jets fans can expect more of the same next week.
Eddie Lacy is back
Before Thursday’s matchup against Minnesota, Lacy was averaging 3.05 yards per carry for a total of 161 yards on the ground – a surprising low amount for the 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
In the Packer’s 42-10 win over the Vikings in Week 5, Lacy only ran 13 times but finished with a season-high 105 rushing yards (8.1 yards per attempt). Almost half those (3.8) came after contact.
“I thought he was a beast in the open field,” Coach Mike McCarthy said after the game. “We blocked well and Eddie ran very well.”
Lacy now has 16 broken tackles while rushing and another five when catching passes out of the backfield.
The Browns’ offensive line is winning them games
According to the game charters at Pro Football Focus, Cleveland has the second highest pass blocking unit in the league, anchored by left tackle Joe Thomas.
Thomas played all 78 snaps for the Browns and did not yield a sack, hit or hurry to the Titans pass rushers. The line as a whole allowed quarterback Brian Hoyer to be pressured just six times on 41 pass attempts, allowing the Browns to score 26 unanswered points for the victory.
It’s time to worry about LeSean McCoy
McCoy is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry and has not displayed the explosiveness that led him to a 1,600 yard season just a year ago. He has just four runs of 15 yards or more this season on 94 attempts (4.3 percent) compared to 26 on 314 attempts last year (8.3 percent).
He is not elusive as he was last year, either. This season, just 11 broken tackles, a pace of 44 for the season, versus 57 in 2013.
And now McCoy is taking himself out of games.
Philadelphia’s defense is playing great, but if the running game is going to sputter, then the passing game might never get back on track.
Don’t get too excited about Houston’s takeaways
The Texans got their third forced fumble of the season after safety Kendrick Lewis and linebacker Justin Tuggle combined to pry the ball from Dallas running back DeMarco Murray. Houston now has 12 takeaways on the season after just 11 last year.
But that might not last. Research has shown that fumble recoveries, on the whole, tend to be mostly random acts. If those dry up, they could start to sink n the AFC South.