No one is happy at 5-4, general manager John Idzik told reporters this week.
"But I can say that the way our guys compete, that's been our mantra," Idzik continued. "I think you've witnessed it, too. It could happen within a series, it could happen game to game, it could happen over a period. Now we have first half/second half. I think we're pleased with the way our guys compete. I think we're pleased with the way our guys have come together. We've got a real cohesive team here, and by team, I mean our staff, our players. We care about each other, we fight for each other, we have each other's backs. You feel that in this building. So I’m very pleased with that."
Maybe "happy" is not the word, but maybe "crowd-pleasing" better captures the following five moments that we are calling the top five highlights of the first half (well, 9/16ths) of the season.
You can find moments 6 through 10 here. And in two days, Charlie Frankel's Special Teams Saturday blog will reflect on the top five special teams moments from Games 1-9 not involving
5. SMITH-TO-HOLMES TD STRIKE vs. BUFFALO
Tied at 20 with nine minutes and change remaining in Game 3 vs. Buffalo, QB
4. DEFENSE'S GOAL LINE STAND @ ATLANTA
Then came Jason Snelling's run to the right for a yard loss,
Atlanta coach Mike Smith wasn’t settling for the chip-shot field goal. An incomplete pass for Tony Gonzalez had the Green & White ecstatic — until that dreaded yellow flag made an unwelcome appearance. Defensive holding. Automatic first down. One second remaining.
The Falcons sent Jacquizz Rodgers right. Harris and Richardson met him there. Goal line stand accomplished.
3. TWO-MINUTE DRIVE, FOLK GAMEWINNER @ ATLANTA
After driving from our 20 to their 25, the table was set for Nick Folk once again. The 43-yarder as time expired was good and the Jets scored a hard-fought first road win of the year, 30-28.
“Every time he goes out there,” head coach Rex Ryan said, “I just call him ‘Folk Hero.’ Go get it, nail it. I feel good every time I say it because he hasn’t missed when I’ve said it.”
That was a month ago. Folk still hasn’t missed.
2. ALLEN'S PICK-SIX vs. TOM BRADY AND THE PATRIOTS
Seconds later, S
“It was huge,” Geno Smith said, “to put points on the board, to cut the deficit to four. The defense came out that second half and played a phenomenal game. My hat goes off to them because they really sparked us.”
1. SMITH SCRAMBLE, LATE HIT, FOLK GAMEWINNER vs. TAMPA BAY
After moving 25 yards on a completion to TE
Nick Folk knocked it through the uprights, the Jets won their season opener, 18-17, and the Green & White were off and running in 2013.
First-Half Highlights — Honorable Mentions
Game 1 vs. TB:
Game 1 vs. TB: Robert Malone’s 84-yard punt
Game 3 vs. BUF:
Game 5 @ ATL: Antonio Allen’s blocked punt
Game 6 vs. PIT: