Who will come out on top out between Geno Smith or Joe Flacco?
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As the patience among New York Jets fans wears thin, two things have remained consistent — the team’s overall inconsistency and the erratic play of Geno Smith.
There also have been calls to bench Smith, but Ryan plans to stick with starting his rookie quarterback — at least through Sunday — as the Jets visit the struggling Baltimore Ravens.
New York (5-5) is the first team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games, seemingly going from contender to pretender week by week.
After stunning New England 30-27 in overtime October 20, the Jets were blown out 49-9 by Cincinnati the following week. They bounced back with a surprising 26-20 victory over New Orleans on Nov. 3 before being routed 37-14 by last-place Buffalo last Sunday.
It’s also not tough to discern that Smith, who tossed three interceptions against the Bills, needs to get better. He’s thrown one touchdown and eight picks over the last five games, and he completed 38.1 percent of his passes over the last two before giving way to backup Matt Simms — who went 4 for 6 for 60 yards and a touchdown last week — in each contest.
Smith’s 16 interceptions are one fewer than Eli Manning’s league-worst total and his 20 turnovers are the most in the NFL, but he contends he’s still progressing.
The Ravens (4-6) have lost four of five after falling to Chicago 23-20 in overtime of a game that was delayed more than two hours because of severe weather. It marked their fourth loss by three points or fewer and their seventh straight contest that was decided by no more than six.
Part of that falls on quarterback Joe Flacco, who hasn’t lived up to the six-year, $120 million contract he signed after last year’s Super Bowl run. He ranks 26th with a 75.3 passer rating, and his 13 interceptions are the most he’s thrown in his career with six games still remaining.
Flacco finished 17 of 31 for 162 yards, a touchdown and two picks last week, including one returned for a score.