Jets’ fans—and Jets’ bettors—have to wonder each week as the pomp and ceremony of an NFL contest unfurls, which New York Jets team will charge onto the field from the tunnel under the corner of the stadium stands. Will it be the team that pulled off three straight victories and looked to have turned the proverbial corner?
Will it be the team that upset the then high-ranked Dallas Cowboys team in Week 5, the team that dismantled the Wild Card-competing Oakland Raiders in Week 12? Will it be the ferocious defense of hard-hitting Jamal Adams that leads the league in fewest rushing yards allowed? Or will it be the New York Jets that inexplicably lost to the 0-7 Dolphins? The team of the struggling and growing Sam Darnold, he of interceptions and sacks and bad reads, the head-shaking young quarterback seeing ghosts in the defense?
The Jets that took to the Paul Brown Stadium field versus the O-for-the-season Bengals were definitively the latter. They were undisciplined and unfocused. While the stat lines and numbers may be inconsistent with the story, the scoreboard tells the truth. Final score: Bengals 22, Jets 6. These high-flying Jets, flashing wins in their last three, engraved themselves in the record books as the first team to have ever lost to two teams in season, who were winless with seven or more defeats. No other team has granted winless teams and coaches their first victories so late in the year.
Both the Jets Offense and Jets Defense Were to Blame Plus Jets Odds Preview for Week 14
The game started to script, an opening drive once again resulting in points for Gang Green, a 42-yard Sam Ficken boot. The heart and soul of the Jet defense, Jamal Adams, injured his foot on the first defensive series; he played all but one snap, but his effectiveness was clearly compromised. The Bengals were led by Andy Dalton, retaking the starter’s spot after a failed three-week experiment with rookie QB Ryan Finley.
Dalton’s passes looked sharp and on target, befitting his nickname of the “Red Rifle.” The second quarter belonged to Dalton and his newly-energized team, sandwiching a field goal in between two touchdown drives for a 17-3 lead. Another Ficken score brought in the halftime at 17-6.
The Jets’ game play is best described by a third quarter series. After stopping Cincy at midfield, the punt was downed by the Bengals special teams at the two-yard line. False start on the next snap, followed by a two-yard carry for Le’Veon Bell. A short pass was completed from the three, but another flag, holding, was enforced in the endzone, giving the Bengals two points on the safety and the ball back. That drive ended with a field goal to finalize the game’s score.
Darnold was a respectable if unspectacular 28 of 48 for 239 yards, but with four sacks. Bell carried ten times for only 32 yards. Robby Anderson snagged seven passes for 101 yards. The defense surrendered only 44 yards on the ground and gave up 243 passing yards, but sacked Dalton only once. Overall, the Jets were flagged for 10 accepted penalties for over 100 yards, many nullifying big gains on offense. New York’s odds to win the Super Bowl have dropped to +100000.
The Jets welcome the Miami Dolphins to the Meadowlands this week, sitting as a five-point favorite at -110 in a potential revenge game. Miami has been playing much better, competitive football of late, winning three of the last five, including a thrilling back-and-forth victory over the Eagles that featured a trickeration touchdown toss from their punter to their placekicker out of a unique spread formation. Which Jets team will emerge from the tunnel?