GIF Breakdown - Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Let's watch a few plays!

Hi folks. Last week, we looked at some of the best plays from various different players. Today, we're going to look at the four plays the New York Jets had of 40+ yards.


Q1, 14:00 remaining. Stephen Hill runs a corner-post route, and the cornerback is caught watching Geno Smith as Hill does a double-move, running towards the post. Smith underthrew the pass, which could have gone for six if he had put a little more air under it.


Q2, 7:06 remaining. Look at the routes here to see a beautiful play design. The two outside receivers are running fly routes, while the slot receiver is running a dig. There are two receivers in the backfield, and while one stays in to protect the quarterback, the other releases into a route in the flat. It's a little difficult to see in this clip, but Smith gets walloped as he releases the ball. He's still able to step into the throw, showing absolutely no fear.


Q3, 12:27 remaining. This play is remarkably similar to the first one. Down to the double-move, and the same cornerback making the same mistake.


Q4, 9:34 remaining. This is the exact same play as the second play (both went for touchdowns). The only difference is the slot receiver flipped sides of the field. It doesn't help the Buffalo Bills that they had their #3 cornerback on the Jets' #1 wide receiver in one-on-one situations. Despite this, Smith recognizes the coverage and freezes the safety long enough to allow his receivers to win their matchup. Santonio Holmes ends the play with a Marshawn Lynch-like throw down. This is truly perfect ball placement by Smith and a perfect read of the ball by Holmes.


Watch these plays a few times and you'll notice they're all remarkably similar. The play design is phenomenal in all of them, as it clears out space to force the one-on-ones on the outside, while giving Smith options in the middle of the field. The two touchdown plays are nearly identical, and the other two plays are nearly identical with each other as well. Marty Mornhinweg appears to be thinking, run it until the defense stops it.

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