The New York Jets offensive futility reached a new low in Week 13 as starting quarterback Geno Smith struggled mightily against a stout Miami Dolphins defensive unit. The Jets rookie was benched in the second half in favor of Matt Simms after completing just 4-of-10 pass attempts for 29 yards and an interception. Smith has amassed 11 interceptions and just one touchdown over the past seven games and Gang Green is currently mired in a three-game losing streak. New York holds claim to the league’s No. 31 ranked passing offense and its young gunslinger has fallen on some hard times.
Trailing just 6-0 at the start of the third quarter, Simms had the Jets on the move at midfield, but running back Bilal Powell mishandled the handoff and fumbled the football over to the Dolphins. Miami capitalized on the miscue as Brian Hartline caught a short pass from Ryan Tannehill on the second play of the drive and slipped through Antonio Cromartie’s tackle to race 31 yards for a touchdown.
On the Jets ensuing offensive possession, they finally got on the scoreboard as Simms marched his unit 63 yards on 11 plays before stalling at the Dolphins’ two-yard line and settling for a 20-yard field goal.
Unfortunately for New York, Miami displayed more offensive firepower as Tannehill connected with Mike Wallace for a 28-yard score to extend the Dolphins lead to 20-3. Miami would add a field goal late in the fourth quarter and there wasn’t much to speak of from Gang Green’s offensive unit. The Jets had only 78 passing yards and 99 rushing yards for the contest compared to the Dolphins 328 passing yards and 125 rushing yards.
The Jets drop to 5-7 on the season and have watched their postseason hopes fade following Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.