The Least You Should Know…
By the end of the third quarter, the Jets defense had already allowed 374 yards. That was 11 more yards than they had allowed in their previous high on Monday Night Football against the Falcons.
Geno Smith was removed from the game by Rex Ryan with 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter after Geno Smith was 20/30 with 159 yards with no touchdowns and two pick-six interceptions. Smith ended the day with a 51.9 rating.
In relief of Geno Smith, QB Matt Simms gained 35 yards on the ground in his first two series.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comOuch. That game didn’t take long at all to get out of hand for the Jets. Once down, Geno was never ever able to rise to the occasion against this Bengals defense.
Here’s a telling statistic: after two series in relief of Geno, Matt Simms was the team’s leading rusher. Underscoring that this Bengals run defense, is one of the league’s very best units and that the Jets were never going to run their way to a win, try as they might.
Since the Jets were always going to struggle to run the ball against this Bengals front, it was always going to come down to how Geno Smith played and whether the Bengals’ loss of Leon Hall would allow Geno to keep up with the Bengals offensive weapons, much as he had picked on the Patriots the week prior. If the Jets wanted to run it, they had to establish the pass first and foremost. While the Jets run game wasn’t pretty last week against the Patriots, it still worked, while it never did in Cincinnati today and that was the difference. In the end, the Jets one-dimensional offense was easy pickings for Mike Zimmer’s defense.
It was disappointing to see how badly the Jets were beaten in all three phases of the game, but what was most disturbing was how easy it was for the Bengals to move the ball through the air on this Jets team. The Jets offense didn’t do much to rush the ball, but the Bengals were similarly one-dimensional by gaining more than four times more yards through the air than on the ground.
AJ Green is a phenomenal player and made major plays despite just three catches (3 receptions, 115 yards), but it was the Jets lack of answer for Marvin Jones that was the most problematic. Jones is an ascending player and should he a force for the Bengals for a long time across from AJ Green, but this was his first ever 100+ yard and first ever multi-touchdown game of his career and they both came against a Jets defense that prides itself on defending the pass.
The only chance the Jets had against this Bengals offense was to stop the run and rush the quarterback. Up until Sunday, the Jets were tied for 5th in the league at sacking opposing quarterbacks. Unfortunately, the Jets were rarely able to reach Dalton, tallying just one sack on the day.