Sooner or later, Devin Smith had to come up with a big play. The Jets had almost connected with him on end zone throws or deep passes multiple times this year, a number of them being plays he should have made. Smith's touchdown reception on Sunday was tougher than many of the ones he failed to make, as he made a leaping reception while tightly covered on a post route to give us our first viable glimpse at his potential. The reaction he got from his teammates spoke volumes, too.
Smith also made a good play earlier in the game when he came back to the ball to make a reception, then spun away from a defender to turn it into a 17-yard gain on second-and-18. It's just a shame he had to make these contributions in a game where the Jets would probably have won easily anyway, instead of in a game where those catches might have been the difference between winning and losing. Hopefully there will be more to come from Smith.
Smith's performance also happened on a day where it was overshadowed by a superb performance from Brandon Marshall, who had 131 yards and two scores on nine catches. Marshall, as was the case with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chris Ivory, looked much fresher and sharper in this game than he has in recent weeks. Maybe Fitzpatrick shaving his beard has restored everyone's mojo.