Recap: Zac Taylor’s club was back at home for just the second time this season and played host to the equally-winless Arizona Cardinals. Quarterback Andy Dalton was looking to bounce back from a rough evening in Pittsburgh, where he was sacked eight times while committing a pair of key turnovers.
He did not get the same kind of heat from the Cardinals’ pass rush and after a sluggish three quarters he would finished with 262 yards passing and a pair of fourth-quarter scores. But Cincinnati’s defense once again proved to be very porous, allowing a whopping 266 yards on the ground and 514 yards total. And a field goal on the last play of the game dropped the team to 0-5.
Next Week: The struggling Bengals head to Baltimore to renew acquaintances with the rival Ravens. These AFC North neighbors have split their season series three straight years dating back to 2016. It’s also interesting to note that dating back to the clubs’ second meeting in ’13, Cincinnati owns a surprising 8-3 edge in this divisional setting.
Playoff hopes: It was 11 years ago that the Bengals got off to such a start. That team lost its first eight games on the way to a 4-11-1 record. Cincinnati’s defense continues to be a major liability as teams have abused this group on the ground. Taylor is still waiting for his first win as an NFL head coach. Is there any relief in sight for this team?
Recap: Adam Gase’s winless club returned from its off week and headed to the City of Brotherly Love for the first time in the regular season since 2011. The Jets were in search of their first-ever victory over the Eagles (0-10) and would have Luke Falk under center as starter Sam Darnold continued on the road to recovery.
By halftime, New York found itself in a 21-0 hole, had totaled only 70 yards on offense and was 0-for-7 on third down. New York would finish with 128 yards of offense and the team’s third-string quarterback was sacked 10 times. The Jets’ defense played respectable football, surrendered only 265 total yards and allowed only two offensive touchdowns.
Next Week: The Jets face an NFC East team for the second consecutive Sunday as they play host to the talented Dallas Cowboys. Although the latter leads the lifetime series standings via a 7-4 count, New York has prevailed in last two meetings, including a 19-16 primetime clash at Arlington four years ago in the teams’ latest encounter.
Playoff hopes: The Green and White is 0-4 for the first time since 2003 and find itself not only chasing the 5-0 Patriots but the 4-1 Bills in the AFC East. And the team has already lost to both of those clubs, including the latter at home back in Week 1. It will be interesting to see if this teams does look a lot different with a healthy Darnold.
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