This despite the fact that Jones leads the league with 481 receiving yards and Gonzalez is coming off a monster game. The fact that White has been ineffective while dealing with a bad ankle seems to have thrown Ryan and the Falcons offense for a loop but that's not acceptable.
Even with a banged-up White, Ryan has more weapons at his disposal than anyone not named Peyton Manning.
"They're big, fast. It's definitely going to be a huge challenge for us," Jets coach Rex Ryan said when taking about Atlanta's skills players.
The Jets defense has been able to make most teams one-dimensional by allowing just 79.3 rushing yards per game and that figures to continue here because Atlanta remains without injured running back Steven Jackson (hamstring). His replacements, Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers, haven't generated anything on a consistent basis.
On the other side of the ball, the Falcons are giving up 26.0 points per game, which is 22nd in the NFL and a sharp dropoff from 2012 when the defensive unit allowed just 18.7 ppg.
The big culprit has been the lack of a pass rush. Atlanta has only seven sacks on the season and clearly misses veteran sack-man John Abraham, who is now in Arizona, and the injured Kroy Biermann.
Smith, though, probably isn't the guy to take advantage of a reeling group. Like most freshman, the West Virginia product holds onto the ball far too long and has performed much better at home then on the road.
The noise at the Georgia Dome will almost surely affect Smith, who is tied for the NFL lead with 11 turnovers (eight interceptions, three fumbles) and has been sacked 14 times.
"It's just taking ownership to your mistakes and manning up," Smith said when discussing is troubled. "A lot falls on my shoulders as far as taking care of the ball, but that's something I have to do. No one wants to make those mistakes.
"It's something that has to stop now in order for us to progress and to get better as a team."
Atlanta hasn't lost three in a row since a six-game skid in 2007, the year before Smith and Ryan arrived. Since then the Falcons have posted a 34-8 record at home over the last six seasons, a gaudy .810 winning percentage.
"Playing on a Monday night with their crowd, we know it's going to be a very hostile environment," Ryan said.
Expecting a rookie QB who could be without his top two receivers -- Santonio Holmes (hamstring) and Stephen Hill (concussion) -- to get it done in that kind of atmosphere against a desperate team is a little too much to ask.
"Obviously, we're not where we want to be," said Ryan. "We've got to claw ourselves back to where we want to be. It's a long haul. There's still a long way to go."
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Falcons 30, Jets 13