Cincinnati, OH – The Jets three game winning streak came to a crash landing in an embarrassing effort against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jets were simply outclassed in every faze of the game, but once again it was the penalties that buried them. The offensive line got manhandled all day. Sam Darnold couldn’t get any time, space to roll out or find any open receivers downfield. But still it was the penalties that killed them.
A Kelvin Beachum holding penalty in the end zone resulted in a safety. Tom Compton inexplicably pulling a wrestling move on a defender, holding onto his leg, negating a 23-yard run by Le’Veon Bell. Giving the Bengals a new set of downs with pass interference penalties. How about two penalties on returns, backing up the offensive field position? The Jets finished the game with 10 penalties for 106 yards, but as usual the problem was the timing of the penalties.
Time and time again the Jets beat themselves and the Bengals capitalized enough to get their first win. Drive-killing penalties and drive-extending penalties, the Jets too often find themselves on the wrong side.
The Jets didn’t play particularly well when they didn’t commit penalties either. They got an all-around ass-whopping, but the penalties continually disrupted any hope at establishing a rhythm.
Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap had their way with the Jets offensive line. Yet, for some odd reason Adam Gase kept opting to try inside runs. Robby Anderson was one of the only players that showed up today, but even he had a dropped touchdown on the opening drive. If Darnold threw the ball earlier it would’ve been a layup of a touchback, but Anderson still had a chance at what would’ve been a touch catch.
After that missed connection the Jets settled for a field goal and the offense continued to stall. On the other side of the ball, Andy Dalton picked apart the Jets secondary. Dalton went 22 for 37 for 243 yards, one touchdown, no turnovers and a quarterback rating of 88.0. Dalton was barely touched or pressured (sacked just once) and had open receivers all over the field.
The three-game winning-streak is over, as are the calls of using for apologies from Gase critics. Once again the team came out flat, were out-coached, and had far too many penalties. Neither Gase nor Gregg Williams had any counters for the Bengals coaching staff and as result the entire team looked uninspired.
Hope you didn’t get fooled by the three-game winning-streak, the Jets are exactly who we thought they were.