After Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched for the Jets’ week 7 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, the Jets quickly had to call his name again after Geno Smith hurt his knee in the first half. When Fitzpatrick entered the game, the Jets were losing 13-7, but Geno Smith did not play bad at all. Fitzpatrick ended up leading the Jets to a 24-16 victory, throwing for 120 yards and a touchdown.
The team as a whole played a solid game against a banged up Ravens team. The defense forced turnovers, and Fitzpatrick did not turn the ball over, as a result the team was successful. They were able to establish the run with Matt Forte, and the team picked up a much needed victory.
After the game, there was still a question of who would start next week between Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Smith ended up tearing his ACL on that injury in the first half, ending his season and potentially his Jet career. We will never know who they would have named the starter for week 8 against the Cleveland Browns if Smith was healthy, but I think it would have been Geno Smith.
Well, we’re back with Ryan Fitzpatrick again. Whether you like him or not, it seems like the players like him, and he is a great leader in the locker room. He had a great 2015 season, so Jets fans have an expectation of him to at least put up similar numbers. I think he could find some success, especially with the Jets’ upcoming games against the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Rams. The team got back to the ground and pound, and that’s where Ryan Fitzpatrick will find success. I expect the same from them against the Browns. They should beat the 0-8 Browns, and get some confidence back with a 3-5 record. For now, the team has to take it 1 game at a time. On the other hand, if Fitzpatrick continues to struggle and the team lays an egg against Cleveland, look for the Jets to start Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg.