Throw out the New York Jets' embarrassing 34-0 loss to San Francisco last year and the butt fumble game last Thanksgiving, Gang Green's worst loss of the Rex Ryan era came Sunday, as the Jets were dominated front start to finish.
Check below for grades and analysis for each of New York's positional units in the ugly blowout loss.
New York: 9
|Positional Unit||First-Half Grade||Final Grade|
vs. Bengals Week 8
Final Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: After having an efficient yet ineffective first half, Geno Smith self-destructed in the final two quarters. Smith threw two pick-sixes on two bad decisions. The rookie quarterback wasn't helped by an abysmal showing by the offensive line, which allowed four sacks and seven quarterback hits. The passing game took a major step back after finding their rhythm last week against New England.
Run Offense: You know you had a bad day rushing the football when your backup quarterback leads the team in rushing yards by a wide margin. New York's duo of runners, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, couldn't find any space all game long, and both backs finished he game with under 2.0 yards per carry. The offensive line looked pathetic trying opening up holes, and it was continually pushed back by an elite Cincinnati front.
Pass Defense: New York showed no resistance to a mediocre Bengals passing attack all game long. Andy Dalton completed 19 of 30 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and Marvin Jones caught eight passes for 122 yards and four touchdowns. Dee Milliner and Darrin Walls were horrific in attempting to defend Jones, and Antonio Cromartie allowed two separate 53-yard catches to A.J. Green. The Jets secondary better get it together soon, as Drew Brees and the Saints are coming to town next week.
Run Defense: The Jets run defense held strong throughout the outing, despite pathetic performances from those around them. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard ended the day with just 51 yards on 16 carries, and the Bengals longest run of the day went for just 10 yards. Don't blame this beatdown on the front seven.
Special Teams: Nick Folk continued his terrific season with three field goals and Ryan Quigley averaged nearly 50 yards per punt, but the Jets special teams is turning into a liability. The return game once again did nothing all game, and the unit allowed several big returns by Brandon Tate.
Coaching: Every team experiences inconsistency, but what the Jets are doing is historic. Each solid win has been followed by a disheartening loss. Rex Ryan needs to get his team to focus just as hard after a big win as after as a big loss. New York was outmuscled, outcoached and severely outplayed by a solid Bengals team. It would be bold to call the Jets a playoff contender after this outing.
First-Half Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith was efficient in the first half, completing nine of his 13 passes for 81 yards and no turnovers. However, the Jets passing game was unable to consistently move the ball downfield, as the offense recorded just two plays of more than nine yards, and only managed four first downs.
Run Offense: New York's running game was unable to do anything against a stout Cincinnati front seven. Geno Smith led the team in rushing with eight yards on two carries in the first half. Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell managed just three yards on seven carries for a pathetic 0.4 yard average. New York's offensive line was continually pushed back on every running play.
Pass Defense: This is the worst I've seen the Jets defense play in the Rex Ryan era. New York's secondary was absolutely dominated in the first half, as Andy Dalton completed 15 of 24 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns. His only mistake came courtesy of a great play by Muhammad Wilkerson.
New York's cornerbacks were especially bad. The combination of Dee Milliner and Darrin Walls allowed over 100 yards and three touchdowns to Marvin Jones, and Antonio Cromartie gave up a huge 53-yard gain to A.J. Green that set up a Bengals touchdown. Make no mistake, the Jets secondary is a huge weakness.
Run Defense: The run defense was the only unit that played even remotely well in the first half. BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard averaged just 3.3 yards on 12 carries, as neither was able to find running room. New York's front seven also stuffed Cincinnati on 4th-and-inches inside the 2-yard line early in the second quarter.
Special Teams: Nick Folk continued his tremendous season with two field goals, but the Jets special teams also struggled in the first half. New York's return game continued to be a non-factor, and the unit allowed a 71-yard kickoff return to Brandon Tate at the end of the half.
Coaching: Two minutes into the game, it became obvious that the Jets were ill-prepared for a physical Bengals squad. The lack of preparation has to be blamed on the coaching staff. All year, the Jets have struggled to back a win with another solid contest. The offense looked futile and the defense was brutal, and Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg are at least partly at fault.