This is what you get when you start a rookie. Through four weeks he's been up, he's been down, he's been up, and now he's back down again. His performance in each individual game can also be characterized by inconsistency. Geno Smith set a sloppy tone early by throwing a pick on his first pass of the game, then followed that up with an even-worse fumble. At the end of the day, his 79.2 passer rating (68% completion percentage, 2 INTs and 1 TD) did not reflect the fact that his 4 turnovers (2 INTs and 2 fumbles) led directly to 21 points for the Titans-- that the game had been given away midway through the 3rd quarter due mainly to Geno's ineptitude. For what it's worth, Geno apparently went around the locker room and told each individual teammate that he will 'get better' and that 'this will not happen again.'
So far this season Geno Smith is 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road. It's certainly no coincidence-- he's looked skittish and indecisive on the road, forcing throws and trying to make plays that aren't there, whereas the game has seemed to come much easier to him on the Jets' home field. The Jets could have gone toe to toe with the Titans in a low-scoring game. They were completely shutting down Tennessee's run game while finding success on the ground themselves. To continue to develop as a quarterback, Smith must learn that each game, each drive is not the same. He needs to manage the game better, especially on the road where things can get out of hand quickly.
Insult to injury
As mentioned earlier, things aren't about to get easier for the Jets. They head into Atlanta to play a desperate 1-3 Falcons team on Monday Night Football, but they may have to do so without two of their top three receivers in Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill. Hill suffered a head injury when he was leveled by the safety immediately following an interception, and Holmes exited later in the game with a strained hamstring. Their status for next Monday is up in the air, leaving the Jets dangerously thin at WR.
Powell pushes on
Powell looks to be maintaining the burst he's flashed over the first 3 weeks of the season, averaging 4.7 yards per carry against the Titans this week. Though the Jets couldn't hand the ball off too much after falling behind early in the game, Powell is beginning to resemble a real weapon out of the backfield and can make even more noise if the Jets put themselves in a position to run the ball.
The Titans' win over the Jets may have been an extremely costly one, to put it lightly, as Jake Locker could be out for as much as 8 weeks with a hip injury. He had to be carted off the field after taking a shot from Muhammed Wilkerson and being bookended by Quinton Coples. It's something you wish on no opponent as Locker was having a very strong start to his season, and seemed to be building towards some legitimate success for the first time in his career.