Game Recap: Jets 25 – Bengals 17

Result: The Jets beat the Bengals 25-17 in Cincinnati on Saturday night.



Need to Know: Geno Smith went 10-13 with 98 yards and one interception. He also rushed for one touchdown, with four carries and 20 yards.

Chris Johnson had 10 carries for 63 yards, while Bilal Powell had 41 yards rushing with a touchdown.

Greg Salas led the team with 31 yards receiving. Clyde Gates had one catch, a 17-yard touchdown. Jace Amaro had two catches for 24 yards.

Darrin Walls had one interception, the only turnover from the Bengals.

Michael Vick had five completions for 70 yards and one touchdown.

In an experiment, the Jets moved safety Antonio Allen to cornerback and had him cover A.J. Green. It didn’t go well at all – Green caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 35-yard catch after he pulled away from Allen down the sideline.

Ikemefuna Enemkpali blocked Kevin Huber’s punt out of the end zone for a safety.

The Jets had seven penalties for personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness. Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini got two of them – one for shoving cornerback Terence Newman after his interception, another for a roll block. Guard Brian Winters also got flagged for two.

Game Ball: Calvin Pryor, who punished Bengals with two bone-jarring hits.  The first was a hit on Cobi Hamilton with the twos in which he dislodged the ball for a forced fumble.  The second was a tackle for loss on running back Rex Burkhead.  Pryor forced Burkhead out of the game with a thigh contusion.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It wasn’t pretty when the ones were in and while many will focus on the first team’s struggles against the Bengals first team, that is not what will bother me most.  It was the penalties.  The Bengals and Jets don’t like each other very much and it seemed to bubble over tonight.  The Jets were flagged 12 times for 133 yards and far too many of them were personal fouls, from fighting and chippy play.  Refereee Ed Hochuli got a little whistle-happy at times (Demario Davis penalty) but it was clear he was keeping the peace in the game.

The depleted secondary starters struggled, but Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman didn’t do much to help them — just as we expected.  The Jets defensive staff wants to see just what they have before they head into the regular season, and setting traps and exotic coverages doesn’t help them gauge their readiness.

Geno took a while to get the offense rolling, but he had an otherwise productive night despite the poor judgement or miscommunication on his interception.  Geno will be able to rely on this running attack and adding Decker to the gameday roster will surely help.

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What’s Next: The Jets and Giants link up and battle for New York supremacy on August 22 at 7:30 p.m.




38 comments
xboozer32
xboozer32

Kyle Wilson......mid-season form....

ramble914
ramble914

The interception was not Geno's fault, and most of the penalties against the Jets were BS!

williamg1
williamg1

The Pryor Effect:


"What didn't show up in the stat sheet were two jarring hits -- one on wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, the other on running back Rex Burkhead. Neither player returned to the game."

--Cimini

harvlis
harvlis

CJ is the real deal. Wait til Marty opens up the playbook. This offense will be fine. Pryor is a beast. Amaro gets yds after the catch. Bilal Powell looks ready. Wilson was disappointing. Ik will help on D. Geno wasn't bad but, I still want Vick to start. With Vick at the helm, we could be very dangerous. Come on Marty!

idothis2
idothis2

how was the int poor judgement by Geno? Nelson was open. Geno threw him the ball in a catchable spot. nelson didn't get his head around quickly enough and the ball went whizzing by his head. how was that poor judgement by Geno? Nelson was open and Geno put the the ball on him

jdb4
jdb4

That was quite a preview from Pryor -- easy to see why Idzik and Rex loved him.

jdb4
jdb4

Brian, I vehemently disagree that Allen covering Green did no go well at all.  His performance was average at a position he never played before against arguably the best receiver in the NFL.  Remember one catch came when Wilson blitzed off Green and Harris was chipped, unable to get underneath Green.


Allen also suffered from Green pushing off on that 35 yard catch, otherwise he was in a good trail position leading up to that.

MoSacks MoSnacks
MoSacks MoSnacks

First off, I'd like to say that I completely disagree that the AA experiment at CB was a failure. Green's first catch was due to Harris not picking him up in time. And the big catch by Green on the sideline with AA in coverage was a blatant and obvious offensive PI. AA had great coverage on the play and Green clearly pushed off, and the officials should be censured for missing it. With regard to the penalties, they were overwhelmingly in favor of the Bengals and there were far too many blown calls that didn't go in the Jets favor, which seems to be a continuation from last season. The officiating was horrible, period. I thought Lankster looked great in coverage, on a positive note.

dylan_f
dylan_f

Love to see Enemkpali keep making impact plays. He's really earning himself a roster spot.

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

Okay this game made me feel well.. encouraged. 


I like what the offense looks like, i would like to see it even more with a healthy Decker and Ivory.


Pryor and Amaro looked good. Thank god. 

I think Geno is the real deal. I think that pick was miscommunication more than geno sucking. He looks damn good and really smart. He kind of reminds me of Big Ben, in the fact that so far in both pre season games, he has not gone down easy. Damn imagine if the Jets would have drafted Cooks to go along with decker cj2k and amaro lol. That would be LEGIT. 


Now tbh our defense has not looked as i hoped it would. I feel like we have not gotten much pressure on qbs in both games. And honestly they havent even looked that dominant against the run. I know its just preseason and i hope its just me being paranoid.


Seriously though, im all in on Geno Smith. You heard it here first he will be a top 10 qb this season as long as decker and kerley both play 16 games. 

rkymtnjet
rkymtnjet

CP BOOM looks like the real deal. I am excited to watch this kid FLOURISH in Rex's system.


Hopefully having a healthy Decker will help out the first team offense. 

bklyndude
bklyndude

I thought this years rookie draft picks except for Tajh Boyd looked pretty good in the game.  

The OL played nasty and don't put up with crap,  they aren't going to be pushed around.  They need to cut out the personal fouls during the regular season obviously. 

boomer
boomer

There has to be a reason the Jets O always starts so damn slow. I put that on the coaches.


It would be great if the O started the game at the gun instead of sometime in the 2nd quarter.

hawkeye
hawkeye

I've got to agree with the announcers. If receivers can push off like Green did to Allen there is no way you can cover.

williamg1
williamg1

No serious injuries. Only injury I'm aware of was Ras-I Dowling leaving game with an injury. But that was expected. 

__fense
__fense

Honestly, a lot of the penalties were bad calls, or they were borderline stuff that both teams were doing, but only the Jets were getting called for for some reason. But of course the storyline is going to be penalties for the rest of the week.

odovacer
odovacer

"Darrin Walls had one interception, the only turnover from the Bengals."



The Bengals also fumbled twice, one of which we recovered iirc no?



Ups: Pryor, Running game, O-line (besides penalties), Geno (The interception is hard to say who was at fault, but otherwise excellent game.)

Downs: Passing game (Receivers), Corners, Pass Rush (what rush?)

Bent
Bent moderator

No sacks and 169 rushing yards at five a pop.  Good OL numbers...

__fense
__fense

@williamg1 He also knocked one of the QBs out of the game for a play or two before he could go back in. And none of the hits were even borderline. He's really good at aiming correctly so that he doesn't draw a penalty. 

__fense
__fense

@idothis2 It looked to me like Geno thought Nelson was going to stop and turn around earlier, or maybe turn around the other way. Nelson put his hands up like he was going to catch a ball that was going right to him, and didn't react until the ball was past him a yard to his left. I'm pretty sure it was a timing route and one other them messed up how far the route was or something. And judging by Geno's reaction, it was Nelson. 

__fense
__fense

@JCuratola3 I don't know what you're talking about RE: the run defense. We've been like a brick wall on most plays, especially inside. The secondary didn't look good, but what are you going to do with both CBs out? 

hawkeye
hawkeye

I like your enthusiasm.

a57se
a57se

@boomer 

It got better when the bengals took out most of their starters...

Brendan
Brendan

@odovacer Yup, Pryor recovered a fumble. They also blocked a punt for a safety. 

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

WQhat were the numbers v the Bengals 1st team D?

dylan_f
dylan_f

@Bent The penalties, on the other hand, are not so good OL numbers. I'm hoping it's just overaggressive refs in the preseason.

idothis2
idothis2

@__fense i agree, i'm just trying to understand why Bassett thinks it was poor judgement by Geno. I didn't see poor judgement on that play. poor execution, not poor judgement

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

@hawkeye Well the defense scares me.. but Geno and the offense man boy am i hyped up about it. Look at this article and you will understand why i am excited about Geno. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2165621-geno-smith-showing-signs-of-development-with-both-arm-and-legs


Also Amaro looks really good, kid gets open .. idc if he is stupid or not. CJ looks awesome. Decker is great. Kerley is awesome. Salas and Nelson will hold it down on the other side. Hill idek anymore, although he does look more muscular for what its worth. 


Lets go jets baby!! a team is only as good as its backups and depth players

rkymtnjet
rkymtnjet

@idothis2 To be fair, Bassett said "the poor judgement or miscommunication on his interception."

__fense
__fense

@JCuratola3 @hawkeye Hill had a pretty great catch today, too. Going up for it, using his hands everything. It was textbook. Maybe that's a sign of things to come from him. I certainly hope so, at least.

hawkeye
hawkeye

I've got faith that one Rex game plans for a team we'll look much better on D. Rushes and coverage have been basic so far as a way to judge the talent level. Stunts, traps, and blitzes will give opposing qbs something to worry about.

idothis2
idothis2

@rkymtnjet that wouldn't be fair since watching that play unfold it was clear that it wasn't a poor decision by Geno, but rather poor execution by Geno and Nelson which is an important distinction. Geno had quality ball placement most of the night and he had good ball placement on that play from what i saw.

__fense
__fense

@rkymtnjet @idothis2 He edited the post to say that. Originally it just said poor judgement. (By the way, I'm totally fine with him doing that. It must be hard enough as it is to get posts with any insight up so fast.)

idothis2
idothis2

@__fense i'm fine with the edit also and wasn't going to mention it i just disagree with the suggestion that it was poor judgement.