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Monday night performance nets Geno Smith AFC offensive player of the week

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What a difference a week makes for Geno Smith.

At this time last week, all the talk about the Jets quarterback centered on whether or not the Jets would be forced to make a quarterback change at some point this season because of Smith’s proclivity for handing the ball over to the opposition. This week, he’s the AFC offensive player of the week.

Smith didn’t fall victim to turnovers on Monday night against the Falcons, avoiding them entirely while completing 16-of-20 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-28 win that boosted the Jets to 3-2 on the season. Smith didn’t throw a touchdown pass to win the game, but he did complete four passes and scramble for a first down to set up Nick Folk’s second walk-off field goal of the regular season.

Smith joins Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as the only rookie quarterbacks in the last 20 years to win player of the week honors in the first five weeks of the regular season.

It has been a roller coaster start to Smith’s NFL career as he’s sandwiched a pair of dismal performances in the team’s losses between three wins that saw the Jets take the lead for good in the fourth quarter thanks in large part to Smith’s efforts. Those high points have lifted the dark cloud that hung over the Jets’ head for the entire offseason and replaced it with some hope that they may have taken a step forward at the most important position on the offense.

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42 Responses to “Monday night performance nets Geno Smith AFC offensive player of the week”
  1. jetsclaps says: Oct 9, 2013 10:53 AM

    Expect plenty more of these out of Smith.

  2. revischrist16 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:54 AM

    Congrats Geno! The future is looking bright.

  3. twilson962 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:54 AM

    New York media bias. He puts up so-so numbers against an injury wracked Atl defense. Look at the numbers put up by Peyton, Dez, sheesh even Alshon Jeffery.

    Sorry NFL. Keep trying.

  4. maevinj says: Oct 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    Really???? I mean it was against the Falcons defense?
    I guess just another reason to talk about the Jets every effing day…

  5. golforepar says: Oct 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    A couple more games like this and the New York media will start talking about Canton.

  6. jetset24 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:56 AM

    Good Job GENO!!! Keep up the good work!

  7. 5wide says: Oct 9, 2013 10:56 AM

    Yea, Geno’s day was much better than Peyton Manning’s day.

  8. coltzfan166 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:56 AM

    16-20 for 3 TDs and no picks. Well deserved.

  9. twilson962 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:57 AM

    Derp award to me…. AFC player of the week. M’bad.

    Peyton still had a much better game…
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    New York media bias. He puts up so-so numbers against an injury wracked Atl defense. Look at the numbers put up by Peyton, Dez, sheesh even Alshon Jeffery.

    Sorry NFL. Keep trying.

  10. stealthjunk says: Oct 9, 2013 10:58 AM

    Can’t give the award to Peyton every week I guess. But if there’s one other player I would want to win it, it’s Geno. Congrats, Geno — well earned!

  11. Iain says: Oct 9, 2013 11:03 AM

    Peyton played well and the decision was no doubt close, but you can’t argue too much against the league’s highest rated QB of the week who pulled off a big road upset under the lights.

  12. alexb1234 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:06 AM

    people hate the jets so much that they don’t give credit to Geno Smith when he has a killer game and leads the jets on a last second drive after the defense lost the lead….he showed maturity and poise on that final drive it was impressive…not to mention he’s playing on a team that was supposed to be the worst in the league

  13. sarcasm says: Oct 9, 2013 11:07 AM

    4 out of 5 weeks it should have gone to Manning.
    I’ll concede Week 2 to Rivers, but the other 4 it should have been Manning.

  14. FinFan68 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:08 AM

    He had a good game but there were other AFC players that were more deserving.

  15. CKL says: Oct 9, 2013 11:09 AM

    I’m a Pats fan but I really like Geno. I think the way he handled having that bad game last week by going to each of his teammates on defense and apologizing to them for putting them in a bad spot then went out and played a very cleanand efficient game in a tough place to win showed me he has some mental toughness. He also is very calm and poised. Congrats to him! Just hope he doesn’t win any against my team. :)

  16. ryann252013 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:10 AM

    New York media bias. He puts up so-so numbers against an injury wracked Atl defense. Look at the numbers put up by Peyton, Dez, sheesh even Alshon Jeffery.

    Sorry NFL. Keep trying.

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    Look at the people he was throwing to

    – Clyde Gates
    – David Nelson
    – Jeff Cumberland
    – Kellen Winslow

    I think they got this one right..lol..

  17. s0merand0mguy says: Oct 9, 2013 11:12 AM

    Wait for it…. Wait for it……

    Geno>Bob

    Why? He will have a longer career…… plain and simple ;)

  18. awdlmd says: Oct 9, 2013 11:12 AM

    Congrats on winning the weekly best AFC offensive player not named Peyton award.

  19. jetsmmt says: Oct 9, 2013 11:13 AM

    Need to credit Marty Mornhinweg for calling a masterful game as well.

  20. lightcleric says: Oct 9, 2013 11:13 AM

    Peyton did have a monster game(as usual) but for a rookie QB to have a game-winning drive on the road on Monday Night Football was awesome.

    Also you can say ATL’s defense is banged up(which it is) but Geno didn’t have Santonio Holmes due to injury, either.

  21. zeke2517 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:17 AM

    I laugh at you haters.

  22. blue18hutthutt says: Oct 9, 2013 11:18 AM

    How did this award not go to Peyton this week?

    All Peyton did was lead 2 back-to-back game tying drives in the 4th Q (one of which required a TD), had zero help from his D, carried his team with 42 attempts (versus a game-managing 20), had more yards, more TDs and led his offense to 51 points

    I guess you can’t give it to Peyton every week, but at least be honest about it

  23. olhockeypop says: Oct 9, 2013 11:33 AM

    This is not easy here but as a Bills fan I must give props he deserved it . Watched the game hopeing to see him fall flat on his face . Boy did he dissapoint me . LOL The kid looked good . Looking forward to him and E.J having a long and healthy rivilrey for a long time .Good job Geno .

  24. rocamob says: Oct 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    A rookie 2nd round pick QB has a 148 QB rating on the road with no offensive weapons. Throws 3 TD’s and leads his team to a final drive win. Yeah, he doesn’t deserve it.

  25. realfootballfan says: Oct 9, 2013 11:35 AM

    Said it all offseason, there will be alot of teams who haven’t had a franchise QB in years who will be regretting passing on this guy. He has had some high turnover games, but you can see the willingness to make those high-pressure throws even in the infancy of his career and him getting better and better every week for the most part.

  26. rybridian says: Oct 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    Romo 506 passing yards 5 tds. With a loss this is still a commendable performance

  27. rocamob says: Oct 9, 2013 12:11 PM

    A. Romo plays in the NFC
    B. You can’t give it to a guy who threw a pick on the final drive while someone else brought his team from behind to win.

  28. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 9, 2013 12:11 PM

    Suck it up Haters! Put it in perspective…
    In 44 years the only other rookie besides Marino to win on the road on primetime MNF… but also to lead the game winning drive in Q4 & having a QB rating of 148 3 TDs 0 Ints spreading it around to our supposed 2nd hand receiving corps.
    Pretty great accomplishment given all things considered & all the adversity he & the team has had to overcome since draft!!
    Appropriate that it trumps Manning’s game and that he is acknowledged with the weekly honors.

    Still lots of work to do but Great job Geno this week & congrats!!!

  29. whodeybacker says: Oct 9, 2013 12:14 PM

    Its New York folks. Sorry Peyton, its getting old you winning it every week, deservidly so.

  30. qdog112 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:15 PM

    That sound was Greg Cosell running to catch the band wagon. He’s not alone.

    You’ll hear them all on Geno’s next int.

  31. j0esixpack says: Oct 9, 2013 12:39 PM

    Kindof takes you back to 2010 when Mark Sanchez was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week

    (after that he was just offensive)

  32. abxyer says: Oct 9, 2013 12:43 PM

    LMAO @ Jets fans…..first they wanted Gino out of there and now they are performing oral sex on him! In a matter of a week.

    Bandwagon at its finest!

  33. jetslakersfan says: Oct 9, 2013 12:45 PM

    I love listening to the haters. Keep it up Geno.

  34. pisano says: Oct 9, 2013 12:56 PM

    Good for Geno, he put the previous game behind him, and he’s moving forward, which is all you can ask for. As long as he’s afforded protection, he can throw the ball with anyone. The kid has great arm strength, something that Sanchez never had, and never will have. All in all, I would say Geno has a bright future.

  35. pftfan says: Oct 9, 2013 1:51 PM

    Jets haters demand an explanation!

  36. jimjets says: Oct 9, 2013 2:10 PM

    this must be so much fun for all the jet haters….so much fun.

  37. richiebburg says: Oct 9, 2013 2:57 PM

    I don’t even wanna talk about Geno Smith. Lets talk about #PeytonManning

  38. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    I’ve been critical of Geno Smith since day one. It’s only natural since I am a Dolphins fan. He played very well on Monday night, though. I didn’t believe him to be capable of that kind of performance. That being said… I can’t help but feel like the only reason he got this award is because the NFL would find it unfair to give the award to Peyton Manning every week, even though he’s deserved it every week so far, including this last Sunday. I think that the player with the best performance each week should get the player of the week award, regardless of how many times they’ve already gotten it. So, here’s the question. Was Geno Smith’s performance good? Yes. Here’s another question. Was Geno Smith’s performance better than Peyton Manning’s? Nope.

  39. pftfan says: Oct 9, 2013 3:32 PM

    shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    Here’s another question. Was Geno Smith’s performance better than Peyton Manning’s? Nope.

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    Here’s a more relevant question: Was Geno Smith throwing to Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker….or Clyde Gates, Shawn Hill, and David Nelson?

  40. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:43 PM

    pftfan says: Oct 9, 2013 3:32 PM

    Here’s a more relevant question: Was Geno Smith throwing to Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker….or Clyde Gates, Shawn Hill, and David Nelson?

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    Last time I checked, these awards were given out based on performances and stats. Not based on how well a person can play with a bad team.

  41. nyjetsfan08 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:58 PM

    I’m a huge Jets fan but this is wrong. He played well. But how can you pick anyone over Peyton Manning this week? Who cares about fairness or Manning one it last week? If Manning does what he does, week-in and week-out, THEN he should get the AFC Offensive player of the week nod EVERY week.

  42. beg24fan says: Oct 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    What about Tyrell Pryor 18-23 221yds 2 td 0 picks

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