Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals and Ja'Marr Chase...

Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals and Ja'Marr Chase #1 celebrate a touchdown during the second half in the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Credit: Getty Images/Rob Carr

The Jets were embarrassed a week ago in New England when they allowed 54 points to an offense that isn’t high-powered by any stretch. It led to brutally honest conversations in meetings between the coaches and players, soul-searching and promises that it would never happen again.

Now it’s put up or shut up time.

The Jets (1-5) will face a high-scoring Bengals offense on Sunday and could hear plenty of boos inside MetLife Stadium if the defense doesn’t show up against Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and company.

Cincinnati, which shares the AFC’s best record at 5-2, is rolling. The Bengals put up 41 points last week in Baltimore and have the full arsenal for Sunday: a good running game and one of the NFL’s top passing attacks. Chase is proving to be a problem wideout for defenses and any of the Bengals’ receivers could light up the Jets’ secondary.

"It’s going to be a fantastic challenge," Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. "I start with kind of the explosive reel, [and] it wakes me up. And these guys, they’re starting to roll and catch some steam and momentum right now. I can’t tell you the last time I saw 40 put on in Baltimore.

"We got to make sure as coaches we put these guys in the right position to play fast and play sound football, and we will."

Ulbrich used the words "embarrassment," "angry" and "inexcusable" after his defense gave up 551 yards and the most points of any Jets team since 1979. You don’t expect that from a group led by coach Robert Saleh.

But the Jets’ defense started to show some cracks in Week 5 against the Falcons. Last week, minus linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring injury), the dam broke. Mosley is expected to return Sunday, which could cover for some of the Jets’ flaws.

Mosley said there was "a lot of ugly" when the Jets watched film of last week’s game, and he expects them to bounce back.

"One thing about this team, about this defense and our coaching staff, we’re really resilient," Mosley said. "I think we’ll respond well . . . Collectively, the whole defense will have another challenge, and we’re ready for it."

The Jets should have Mosley and fellow linebacker Jarrad Davis together for the first time this season. Davis suffered an ankle injury in the preseason and returned to practice this week. Saleh said Davis will play Sunday.

But it starts up front with the Jets, especially against Burrow and this offense, which is averaging 27 points a game, seventh best in the NFL.

The Jets have to find a way to generate a pass rush. They have only one sack in the last two games and can’t afford to give Burrow all the time he wants. .

"We got to dominate and dominate the line of scrimmage," Saleh said. "From there, we just got to keep our feet in the ground and play fast. It really is that simple."

Burrow has thrown for 1,956 yards (sixth most in the NFL) and his 17 touchdown passes are tied for fourth. His favorite target has been Chase. The rookie from LSU is second in the NFL with 754 receiving yards and leads the league with 21.5 yards per catch. Chase had eight receptions for 201 yards and a touchdown last week.

The Bengals also have running back Joe Mixon (five touchdowns) and receivers Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins — both of whom have been No. 1 receivers for the Bengals. Tight end C.J. Uzomah has benefited from the attention the other skill players get. His five touchdown catches are tied for first among tight ends.

"I think this Cincinnati team is really the epitome of what a lot of teams strive to be," Saleh said. "They’ve done a really nice job building it and bringing in the right guys and really keeping everything together and playing together. And now you see them playing at the level that they’re playing.

"This receiving core, without question, is very, very talented . . . and Ja’Marr has really unlocked the entire group."

If Saleh’s defense can’t lock them down, it could be another long, ugly day for the Jets.

Notes & quotes: The Jets elevated quarterback Josh Johnson from the practice squad. He will be the backup Sunday with Joe Flacco expected to be inactive. The Jets also

activated linebacker Jarrad Davis from injured reserve, signed linebacker Noah Dawkins to the active roster, elevated practice squad defensive end Jabari Zuniga and released safety Jarrod Wilson.

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