The New York Jets certainly didn’t build on the momentum created in a 30-27 victory over the New England Patriots last week.
The Jets were absolutely embarrassed by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals dominated from start to finish, earning a 49-9 victory.
Andy Dalton was excellent, throwing three first half touchdown passes to Marvin Jones. For the day, Dalton completed 19-of-30 passes for 325 yards, five touchdowns and one interception whiles Jones hauled in eight receptions for 122 yards and four touchdowns.
Star receiver A.J. Green had three catches for 115 yards.
Dalton started the day off in near perfect form, leading the Bengals on a 10-play, 80-yard drive capped by Jones’ first touchdown reception of the day. After the Jets lost five yards on their first three plays and were forced to punt, Dalton took the Bengals on a seven-play, 68-yard touchdown drive. He finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham. Although the Jets were able to stop the Bengals on fourth down on their third drive, it was clear the Jets were going to be no match for the Bengals on this day.
Two more touchdown passes from Dalton to Jones and two Nick Folk field goals made it 28-6 at the half. Chris Crocker ended any hopes of a comeback by picking off a Geno Smith and returning it 32 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. After another Folk field goal, Jones caught his fourth touchdown of the day, pushing the lead to 42-9.
Overall, it was a very rough day for the Jets rookie signal caller. Smith was 20-of-30 for 159 yards with two interceptions. After the second interception, Smith went to the bench and was replaced by Matt Simms, who was three-of-seven for 17 yards.
Last week, in that win over the Patriots, the Jets were able to establish the run and looked more like the “ground and pound” Jets head coach Rex Ryan brought into the 2009 and 2010 AFC championship games. Against the Bengals’ defensive line, which is among the very best in football, the running game couldn’t get anything going. The Bengals limited the Jets to just 93 yards on the ground with a large chunk of it coming in garbage time (Simms rushed three times for 35 yards).
The win improved the Bengals to 6-2 and kept them in first place in the AFC North while the Jets dropped to 4-4, two games behind the Patriots in the AFC East.