The New York Jets marched into Cincinnati after coming off a divisional win against the New England Patriots, but the mood quickly changed after a 49-9 drubbing at the hands of the Bengals. The Jets (4-4) proved they’ve failed to get over their consistency issues and the Bengals (6-2) were able to fully display their dominance at home, winning their fourth straight game at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Jets were unable to muster anything offensively in the first quarter, finishing the quarter with just one total yard of offense. The defensive line of the Bengals constant manhandling of the Jets’ offensive front forced the Jets to deviate from their effort to run the ball. Gang Green’s two starting rushers combined for 30 yards on the day for an average of 1.8 yards per carry. That production forced the Jets to have two quick 3-and-outs, which put the ball in Andy Dalton’s hands.
Dalton picked apart the Jets’ secondary, particularly Dee Milliner and Darrin Walls. Dalton completed 19 of 30 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, four of which were to second-year wide out Marvin Jones. Milliner’s struggles covering Jones eventually led to his benching in the second quarter.
The defense provided momentary hope for Jets fans when down 14-0; Muhammad Wilkerson intercepted Dalton and was then tackled at the Bengals’ 30-yard line. The field possession gave the Jets the opportunity to cut the game to a single possession but they were only able to settle for a field goal. That would be the closest the Jets would come all game as the Bengals would score two more touchdowns before the half was over, giving them a 28-6 lead.
The second half didn’t bring much more pleasure to Jets’ fans. The first offensive play of the second half for the Jets was an interception thrown by Geno Smith. Smith’s pass was intended for Jeremy Kerley but safety Chris Crocker jumped the route and took it 32 yards to the end zone.
Up 35-9, Dalton chucked a pass down the middle of the field for a 53-yard completion to A.J. Green who burned Antonio Cromartie badly in coverage on the play. That would set up a six-yard touchdown completion to Jones two plays later, giving the Bengals a 42-9 lead.
With the game getting out of hand Rex Ryan eventually placed Matt Simms in at quarterback after Smith threw another pick-six early in the fourth quarter.
The Jets will attempt to put this game in the rearview mirror with their sights set on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.