The New York Jetshave been having a nightmare 2016 season so far. After beating Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills 37-31 during week two, the Jets seemed to go on a deep slide, losing their next four games. Over that period, starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick only threw for three touchdown passes and currently leads the NFL in interceptions with 11. Desperate to turn things around, head coach Todd Bowles announced in a news conference that second string quarterback Geno Smith would take over during week seven's match up against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Game

Smithhad to prove himself versatile at the start of the game.

It was his first start since Dec. 28, 2014, which was a 37-24 winover the Miami Dolphins in the final game of the regular season. The Ravens were the first to strike after punter Lac Edwards fumbled the ball, which was then snagged and picked up by wide receiver Chris Moore, who ran it to the end zone. It was then followed by a 50 yard field goal from kicker Justin Tucker to put the Ravens up 10-0. With 1:12 left,after getting sacked for a loss of three yards and on second down with 18 to go, Smith threw to Quincy Enunwa, who ran 69 yards for a touchdown. After another field goal from Tucker, the Ravens appeared to keep the Jets contained. Early in the second quarter, Smith had trouble looking to pass, and was sacked by defensive end Matt Judon, which ended Smith's day,as he appeared to be hurt, and had to be helped off the field.

That prompted head coach Bowles to put Fitzpatrick into the game as a reliever.

Fitzpatrick immediately began to show why he shouldn't have been benched to begin with, throwing a pass to Brandon Marshall for 21 yards and a first down, which after two more plays, set up a pass to Matt Forte, who ran for 13 yards to the endzone, and along with the extra point, gave the Jets a 14-13 lead.

With time expiring in the second quarter, Tucker kicked a 44 yard field goal to put the Ravens up by two points, just in time for halftime. The Jets struck back in the second half, with kicker Nick Folk nailing a 22 yard field goal that put the Jets up by one. Everything was quiet until the end of the third quarter, when with 56 seconds left and with thirdand goal near the one yard line, Fitzpatrick handed off to Forte, who squeezed his way in for the touchdown.

The touchdown sealed the deal for the Jets, as the defense managed to keep quarterback Joe Flacco at bay, as the Jets won 24-16, which ended the Jets four game losing streak. Fitzpatrick finished the day completing nine out of 14 passes for 120 yards and touchdown, despite getting sacked three times. Smith ended the day completing four of eight passes for 95 yards with one touchdown andgetting sacked twice.


After the game, Smith told reporters he didn't think the injury he sustained would be serious, but it was other way around. It was discovered the Smith hada torn the ACL in his right knee, which effectively ended his season. This was just more bad news for the Jets and their fans, pertaining to another quarterback.

The Jets have drafted eight quarterbacks since 2006, but six of them have not been the high caliber player the organization had hoped for. Backups Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg will now be given a chance to prove themselves, though they haven't been tested yet as of now. With the Jets nowtrying to get on the winning side, they will have to step up their play on the field if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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