The New York Jets were embarrassed on the road by the previously-winless Cincinnati Bengals as the team tasted defeat once again.
The New York Jets are an embarrassment again. It feels like it’s been so long since we’ve been here, yet so short as well.
While it still feels like yesterday that the Jets were getting blown out by the winless Miami Dolphins it also feels like it had been a long time since we had seen a performance like this out of this team.
But alas, this is the New York Jets we are talking about. And any semblance of optimism must be followed by a crash-and-burn letdown soon after.
It’s football law.
The Jets traveled to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday to take on the 0-11 Cincinnati Bengals. Gang Green had won their last three games and were riding a wave of momentum while the Bengals had a two-game lead behind any other team for the worst squad in the NFL.
And as anyone who’s followed this team for any amount of time could have seen coming, the predictable happened.
The Jets came out and laid an egg falling flat on their faces en route to a 22-6 loss. The offense couldn’t get anything going against the 32nd ranked defense while the defense folded against the 29th ranked offense.
There was no energy, no heart, and no fight as the Jets squandered any opportunity they had to remain competitive and simply keeled over and surrendered.
Sam Darnold finished 24-of-48 from the air for just 239 yards as the second-year quarterback was running for his life all game. An offensive line that had made strides in recent weeks fell apart with countless backbreaking penalties and numerous poorly-timed sacks.
Head coach Adam Gase was outcoached and out-schemed by a Bengals coaching staff that had been heavily criticized up until this point. Against a poor run defense, Gase decided to put the ball more in Darnold’s hands and questionably stay away from the run.
And instead of calling some outside zones or any sort of outside run, Gase chose to run directly into the meat of the Bengals defense despite them being the worst team in the league defending outside runs.
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After a few weeks of improved play-calling, Gase absolutely shoulders some of the blame for this loss.
On defense, Gregg Williams’ unit completely fell apart after impressing over the past few weeks. The Jets couldn’t muster up any pass rush against one of the worst offensive lines in football and the secondary finally came back down to earth.
Overall, the Jets became the first team in NFL history to lose to two different teams with an 0-7 record or worse in the same season. And if that isn’t indicative of the season the Jets are having I don’t know what is.
The Jets will return home next week as they look to get their revenge on a surging Miami Dolphins team. And if recent history is any indicator, it’s hard to see them pulling out the win.
But who really knows with this team anymore.