Fitzpatrick missed some opportunities, both in terms of not seeing open receivers and also with a series of off-target throws. Still, about halfway through the second quarter, he had completed two-thirds of his passes and had a quarterback rating of over 90. From that point onwards, his number reflected his performance more accurately though.
As noted, Fitzpatrick misfired on several throws. He was also unable to connect on several long passes, had too many passes batted at the line and generally seemed to throw too many short passes early on. It's the interceptions that were the real killer though, even though they didn't factor into the 24-point deficit.
On each of the three interceptions, he had some bad luck, but was still at fault. One was a deep ball which maybe could have been contested a little better by Devin Smith, but at the same time was slightly underthrown. The next one was tipped at the line, but he had hesitated a beat too long and, from the replay, it looks like Byron Maxwell was in position to jump the curl route to Brandon Marshall, so it might have been picked off anyway. On the last one, it went through the hands of Marshall, but was again a makeable throw that was high and wide. He was also lucky to not be intercepted one other time when he threw an ill-advised deep ball and two Eagles more or less fought each other to be the one who dropped it.
In terms of passes he missed, there was one play where Quincy Enunwa got off the jam at the line and had a step deep over the top, but Fitzpatrick couldn't get the throw off cleanly because he was hit as he threw. On another one, he misfired badly with Smith open in the end zone, initially stepping up well, but then failing to step into the throw and seeing it sail on him. On another third-and-short play, Enunwa was completely uncovered on a slant route from off the tight end's shoulder for an easy dump-off underneath, but Fitzpatrick instead scrambled and was lucky to get the spot for the first down.
While Fitzpatrick ended up with 283 yards and two touchdowns, so he did generate some production, plenty of it came with the Eagles playing off, with his two touchdown drives coming late in the first half on a two-minute drill and early in the fourth quarter.
For some reason, presumably in an effort to slow down the Eagles pass rush, Fitzpatrick varied up his cadences at the line much more than he did in either of the first two games. I wonder if this perhaps over-complicated matters and affected his focus - or that of other offensive players.
While he didn't pass the ball that effectively, Fitzpatrick was directly responsible for four first downs, one on a hard count and three as a rusher. One of these was on a quarterback sneak, which prompted me to look up some numbers on Jets quarterback sneaks because it seems like they never do that any more. Sure enough, they had done it just eight times (for 13 yards) in the previous four seasons - and, yes, that includes the Tim Tebow season. Prior to that, they did it 16 times in 2009 and 2010 combined. While Brett Favre perhaps unsurprisingly only did it once in 2008, they did it 21 times in 2007. Is the sneak a dying art or a high percentage play that they have neglected for too long?
Anyway, we should see how Fitzpatrick plays next week before we should even entertain reverting back to Geno Smith. If anyone is calling for Smith already, they must have short memories, because the Smith of 2013 and 2014 has had many performances as bad as or worse than this one and Fitzpatrick hasn't had even two bad games in a row, yet.
If he does have a second consecutive bad game in London, though, you know they're going to be under pressure to make that move with two weeks to mull the decision over. If they do, Jets fans will have to hope that Smith is going to be the "New and Improved Geno" many people within the organization portrayed him as before his injury, because if he's the "Same Old Geno," then you don't need me to tell you what that means for this team.
Next up...struggles on this line as the Jets fail to step up to their toughest challenge so far up-front...