The New York Jets continue to be the NFL’s most inconsistent team. One week after an impressive overtime win against the New England Patriots, they were thoroughly humiliated by the Cincinnati Bengals 49-9. The game was every bit as ugly as the score indicates. The Jets were out-coached and out-classed on both sides of the football.
Starting cornerbacks Dee Milliner and Antonio Cromartie both had disastrous performances. We’ve discussed this before but Milliner simply cannot be a starter on this team right now. He is NOWHERE near ready and is consistently hurting the entire team with his performance and having no redeeming plays to cancel out the mistakes. Darrin Walls should be starting on the outside, period. As for Cromartie, is he injured or are his skills eroding? The Jets may need to think long and hard before bringing him back next season. They can save a huge chunk of money by letting him walk. It is something to monitor over the second half of the season.
The rest of the defense didn’t bring much to the table. There was no pass rush to speak of while the game was still in question. Muhammad Wilkerson had a sack and interception because he just might be the Defensive Player of the Year but beyond that? It was a bunch of no shows. Marvin Jones had FOUR touchdowns, today. Marvin Jones! There is no talk of having an elite defense when Marvin Jones catches four touchdowns on you.
Offensively, the Jets were immediately in a hole but didn’t take advantage of a short field after the Wilkerson interception. The running game never got going (Bilal Powell now has 93 yards on his last 34 carries. Chris Ivory only had 11 yards on 6 carries today). Geno Smith had two bad pick sixes, although both came long after the game had been decided. It was another game where the Jets clearly missed Kellen Winslow Jr and Santonio Holmes. It is hard to expect to generate consistent points on offense when you start Jeff Cumberland at tight end and your top three wide receivers are David Nelson, Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill.
To be fair, Nelson has been very good since being signed and is already a better fit in this offense than Hill who is having a disappointing sophomore season. Yet, he is ideally a number three receiver. Kerley is having a very good year but isn’t a true number one receiver. He needs to be in the slot and a team’s second option at wide receiver. Cumberland is a backup tight end, nothing more.
Today was an ugly, ugly day for the Jets who project as a wildly, inconsistent 8-8 team right now. This season has been a mix of very enjoyable wins and horrifyingly bad losses. The roller coaster continues….