When your kicker provides the only points of the day and your backup quarterback finishes with a team-high 35 rushing yards, you have a problem. Not only did the Jets never get into the end zone, Geno Smith added to his rising interception total (13) with two pick-6s. He was sacked three times for a loss of 28 yards and finished the game with a 51.9 QB rating. Growing pains are part of the deal with a rookie quarterback, but when Smith has a rough outing -- man, is it bad. Running backs Bilal Powell (10 carries) and Chris Ivory (six carries) mustered just 30 combined yards.
Rex Ryan's defense made Andy Dalton look like Dan Marino. The unit gave up 49 points to the Bengals -- tying the record for most ever under Ryan since the infamous Butt Fumble game against the Patriots. Dee Milliner was abused, Antonio Cromartie got burned and the Jets' vaunted front 4 generated zero pressure on Dalton. Muhammad Wilkerson's first career interception and their fourth-and-goal stand in the second quarter were the lone highlights.
Without Nick Folk, the Jets would've had a big egg on the board. The kicker is now 20-for-20 for the season after connecting from 45, 47 and 50. But the Jets allowed Brandon Tate to return a Folk kick 71 yards just before halftime. Josh Cribbs averaged 26.4 yards on kickoff returns and just five yards on punts. On average, the Bengals started their drives on their 33, while the Jets started at their 23.
Their one bad day of practice this week wasn't the culprit in Sunday's performance, Ryan said. But the Jets didn't come to play -- and that's on him and the rest of the coaching staff. There was no offense to speak and no defensive adjustments made over four quarters.