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.

42 responses to “Monday night performance nets Geno Smith AFC offensive player of the week

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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. 🙂

  8. 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..

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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 .

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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