The Jets reached the halfway point of the season 4-4 which was better than most prognosticators gave them a chance to be. Today they got blown out by a tough Bengals team on the road 49-9. Here are the quick hits:
1) Andy Dalton dominates the Jets – Dalton was 19/30 for 325 yards with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. He was 5-8 on 3rd down. Other than a goal line stand and an amazing interception by Wilkerson on a screen pass the Bengals scored a touchdown on every possession. He is averaging a huge 10.8 yards per attempt. The Bengals averaged 7.9 yards per play in the 1st half. The Jets could not cover Marvin Jones (the receiver not the former Jets linebacker) as he had 8 receptions for 122 yards and 4 touchdowns. Dee Milliner could not cover him and then after they pulled Milliner Walls couldn’t cover him either. AJ Green bested Antonio Cromartie for 3 catches and 115 yards including 2-53 yard bombs. There was no pressure by the defense with 1 coverage sack by Wilkerson and 1 quarterback hit. The Bengals starters averaged 3.3 yards per rush and got stuffed on a goal line stand.
2) Geno Smith pulled after 2 interceptions for touchdowns in the 2nd half – The Bengals had 3 sacks and 5 quarterback hits on Geno Smith as well as a few pressures that resulted in throwaways. This time Smith kept his footwork in the pocket, took what the defense gave him and did not turn the ball over in the first half. In the 2nd half Smith threw a pick six on his 1st throw on a ball where Kerley gave up on the route and let Crocker jump it and Smith looked furious. The second interception for a touchdown was a late throw across the field that was completely Smith’s fault and should have never been thrown. Smith could not get the Jets past the Bengals 25. He had 3 cracks and settled for field goals each time and that wasn’t going to get it done against the potent Bengals offense. He finished 20/30 for 159 yards with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Smith was pulled after the second interception for touchdown. The Jets offensive game plan pretty much got destroyed with how quickly the Bengals jumped out to a 14-0 lead but Mornhinweg started the game passing and running with Powell instead of going with Ivory who had the hot hand from last week. Powell was going to have increased playing time because of his pass block ability but Ivory needed to get more time.