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Need to know: The Jets said Smith had X-rays on his throwing shoulder, but did not reveal the results. ESPN reported Smith is the first quarterback since Rex Grossman in 2005 to have more interceptions than completions (two) in a game. His passer rating was 0.0.
It's the first time the Jets have lost seven in a row since 2005, Herm Edwards' last year as coach.
Vick provided a brief ray of hope after replacing Smith, leading the Jets on a 76-yard touchdown drive at the end of the first quarter. The Jets cut it to 24-17 at halftime on Nick Folk's 55-yard field goal, but Vick's three second-half turnovers helped the Bills pull away again.
Smith is the first quarterback since Rex Grossman in 2005 to have more interceptions than completions (two). His passer rating was 0.0.
Percy Harvin had 13 touches in his Jets debut -- four rushes for 28 yards; three receptions for 23 yards, six kick returns for 144 yards.
The Jets defense held the Bills to 280 yards. But Buffalo didn't need to move the ball far, starting eight drives at or inside the Jets 50, two inside the 15.
The Bills' Kyle Orton threw a career-high four touchdown passes.
Buffalo rookie receiver Sammy Watkins had an adventurous day. He was on his way to a touchdown in the first quarter and began to celebrate before the Jets' Saalim Hakim, a converted receiver, tracked him down to prevent a touchdown and stop Watkins after an 84-yard gain. Two plays later, the Bills made it 21-7. Watkins later scored on a 61-yard TD pass from Orton.
What's Next: The Jets visit the Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) next Sunday at 1 p.m.
Other than Geno Smith's first-quarter benching, the other big story of the day has to be the Jets' six turnovers (four interceptions, two fumbles) during their loss to the Bills.
Going into the game, it seemed the Bills might offer the Jets their best chance at turning around what has been a bad season. The addition of Percy Harvin seemed to invigorate the players and fans alike. But it was the way the Jets had been playing competitive football in their last two against the Broncos and Patriots.
Instead, the offense came out flat and Geno Smith's grasp of the game plan -- or maybe his overcompensation to connect with his new weapon Harvin --- seemed to fluster the second-year quarterback.
After a quick three-and-out by the Jets to start the game, Smith threw a bomb on a go-route to Harvin that was inside and short which defender Stephon Gilmore read all the way. The play resulted in a telegraphed interceptionand got the game off to a bad start. On the next series, Smith forced a pass to Jeff Cumberland which resulted in another interception corralled by linebacker Preston Brown. Before Smith's third and final interception, he called timeout due to the team's unreadiness. It ended up being a play that was one yard short of a Bills pick-six which Smith himself prevented at the goal line.
Vick inspired some life in the Jets offense, but his work was still not enough and anything but turnover-free. Vick threw an interception and had another overturned after a review showed Leodis McKelvin did not have possession. Vick also had four fumbles, losing two.
The other problem with Geno/Vick comes down to why Harvin was brought in at this point. One has to assume that part of the team's reasoning to get Harvin was to wipe the slate clean and give Smith a nine-game audition. Vick might have played semi-inspiring football, but the logical Idzik might want to stay the course with Smith by giving him the opportunity to redeem or eliminate himself the rest of the season. Benching Geno the rest of the way would be at cross-purposes with the larger goal.
Speaking of Harvin -- how did he play? He was a welcome addition to the offense but not a game-breaking playmaker in just his first week with little experience in the Jets system. Even so, Harvin was productive, notching 50 yards from scrimmage on seven touches and he had another play called back due to an unnecessary block in the back by Jace Amaro on a long first-down gain. Harvin's presence created space for Eric Decker and Amaro, and maybe with more time we can see better results from the offense ... but it is hard to look past what we just witnessed.
The short of Sunday's loss is that Vick brought some better veteran leadership and poise in the pocket, but he doesn't seem to have the ability to bring the Jets turnover issues to heel. Turnovers were a point of emphasis for Ryan and his coaches this summer, but the results have not been that different this year than last, and might not change substantially even if Vick starts next week. Harvin provided different looks for the Jets offense, but we'll need to see more and will have to reserve judgement.
Rex Ryan and Mike Vick discuss the Jets' 43-23 loss