Jets Starters with a Rough Start Against the Bengals

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The New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals took the field for week two of the preseason. The Jets struck to their plan and played the starters in the first half. The game result was the Jets 25 and Bengals 17.

The Jets first team starters got out-played by the Bengals first team starters.The Bengals offensive line controlled the trenches. They gave QB Andy Dalton plenty of time to shred the Jets secondary.

Who Didn’t Play:

Eric Decker (sore quadriceps), Chris Ivory (bruised ribs), Jeff Cumberland (Achilles), Jalen Saunders (unknown), Dimitri Patterson (quad/ankle/calf), Dee Milliner (sprained ankle), Dexter McDougle (season-ending knee injury), Markus Zusevics (knee), and Shaq Evans (potentially season-ending shoulder injury).

Flag Day: 

The Jets were flagged 12 times for 133 yards. Penalties breakdown: six were 15 yards; three for personal fouls, three for unnecessary roughness. The Jets wanted to play physical and they looked like a team that wasn’t going be pushed around.

Game Stats:

Passing:

Andy Dalton shreds the Jets secondary with 8 for 8 passing for 144 yards 1 touchdown.

Geno Smith passing: 10 for 13, 98 yards and 1 interception.

Mike Vick passing: 5 for 9, 70 yards 1 touchdown.

Rushing:

Chris Johnson: 10 carries for 63 yards. Bilal Powell: 4 carries for 41 yards and 1 touchdown.

Receiving:

Greg Salas: 2 catches for 31 yards. Daryl Richardson: 1 catch for 26 yards. Jace Amaro: 2 catches for 24 yards.

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Defense:

How did Double A do playing at cornerback?

Antonio Allen got beat by Bengals WR A.J. Green on one big play. Green was able to get separation and get a big catch. Giving up a big play to A.J. Green is something all cornerbacks do. Overall, it’s not end of world – but Allen needs more work. If you’re going to play him at cornerback, Allen needs more reps. Rex Ryan mentioned that Green is best in the AFC and the rest of the wide receivers to cover will all be down hill from here.

Time to bench Kyle Wilson:

Kyle Wilson has been a bust for being drafted in the first-round. He should be the starter, based on his draft status as a first rounder with over 4 years in the NFL. The truth is he can’t handle it. It’s time to bench him, and maybe cut ties with him.

Calvin Pryor with a big hit:

Calvin Pryor’s first drive, he burst into the backfield on a blitz, and recovered a fumble. He played with the second team as well. In the second half, he tipped a pass and made a tackle for loss of 2 yards on a run. Pryor looked aggressive and the impact player all over the field that the Jets want.

Demario Davis making a impact:

Demario Davis is becoming a impact player. He had a strip sack and also had an impact play in coverage, where he tipped a pass on third down.

A.J. Edds on his way to making the team:

A.J. Edds has become a great signing player for depth. He continues to make plays, as he had six tackles. He led the team with eight combined tackles against the Colts.

IK Enemkpali making plays:

The rookie Sixth-round pick DE/OLB IK Enemkpali continued to make plays. He had a blocked punt for a safety. In the Colts game he had a strip-sack which would set up the team’s game-winning field goal. He forced another fumble against the Bengals as well, but it was recovered by the Bengals offense.

Offense:

Geno Smith shows command of the offense:

Geno Smith is showing growth from his rookie season. He’s showing progression in his reads. Smith threw one interception with the intended receiver David Nelson, though it appeared that Nelson cut his route short, as the ball was right there for him. Smith used his legs to pick up first downs, plus a rushing touchdown.

Smith is making smart moves with the ball in his hands. He tucks and runs when needed. On one play he pumped faked and spun away from pass rusher Carlos Dunlap. He picked up nine yards.

Another impressive play by Smith to avoid a sack: Dunlap had Smith practically sacked, but Smith managed to hand the ball to Bilal Powell.

The Jets back to a running game:

It was the duo of Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell. Johnson gained 63 yards on 10 carries and looked fast. Powell contributed with 54 total yards and a touchdown. Powell had a run for 32 yards and also caught two passes for 13 yards.

The offensive line:

The line had poor run blocking against the Bengals’ first team defense. They also had a few problems in pass protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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