The Jets were destroyed in Cincinnati by the Bengals 49-9. It was a brutal day all the way around and not too many bright spots but we will highlight what was. So without further adieu here is the good, the bad, the ugly & Dee Milliner for Week 8:
1) The game only counts as one loss in the standings – Despite how ugly, embarrassing and terrible Sunday’s loss was it still only counts one game in the standings. Big picture the Jets are 4-4 and almost to the end of the toughest part of their schedule. This is where a young team struggles normally and the Jets are young all over the place not just at quarterback. The New England game was a very emotional game for this team so some sort of let down was inevitable and the players learned today that if you let down in this league it will get ugly against a good team and it did.
2) David Nelson – Nelson quickly became Smith’s favorite target with the Bengals taking Jeremy Kerley out of the game and Nelson delivered with eight catches for 80 yards. He ran good routes and was able to beat man coverage as well as find soft spots in the zone. Nelson’s play will improve as Holmes returns so defenses will focus more on Holmes and give Nelson easier match ups.
3) Muhammad Wilkerson - Wilkerson had a sack, a quarterback hit, a tackle for loss and an interception of a screen pass in a game where he was one of the few who came to play or were competent today. Each week Wilkerson continues to grow into more and more of a star and has blossomed into the dominant talent we hoped he would become. He now has seven sacks in eight games after having just five sacks all of last year. Damon Harrison also had a good day against the run with seven tackles (three solo).
4) Nick Folk’s field goals – Three more field goals for Folk Sunday. One from 45, another from 47 and a third from a season-high 50 yards. Folk has still not missed on the year and is 19-19. He has also kicked three game-winning kicks in the 4th quarter and overtime in the 1st half of the year.
5) No major injuries – David Nelson and Stephen Hill both left the game briefly with leg injuries but both returned and the Jets left the game relatively healthy. If Santonio Holmes is able to return next week the Jets should be full-strength and can work on resting the nagging minor injuries during the bye week. In a league where almost each game has season-ending injuries the Jets have avoided the major injury unlike last year.