Even though the Jets thought they were good after their remarkable comeback victory last week at Cleveland, they are certainly not good enough to overcome the series of stupid penalties and mistakes they made in Sunday’s 27-12 loss. against the Bengals at MetLife Stadium.
Where to start?
How about the penalty for roughing the passer by defensive tackle John Franklin-Myers on third-and-9 from the Jets’ 26-yard line in the first quarter with Cincinnati leading just 7-6?
It extended Cincinnati’s lead and, four plays later, led to a 56-yard pass from Joe Burrow to Tyler Boyd and a 14-6 Bengals lead.
On the play, Burrow had dropped the pass (which was incomplete), and Franklin-Myers pushed him to the ground when he was already falling. It wasn’t a blatant, violent action, but it was still unnecessary.
“I don’t think it was a good call, but they called it,” Franklin-Myers said. “I didn’t even push him to the ground [he did]. I never finished it. Even he didn’t agree with the call and was like, ‘What?’
“It was one of those calls that got screwed up, but that’s football. It was a mistake on my part, and I have to be better than that. [One] hundred percent, it hurt us. It was my fault. I have to be better.”
Jets receiver Corey Davis also needed to be better. In the fourth quarter, with the Jets trailing 15 points and in the red zone, Davis and Bengals cornerback Eli Apple got tangled up, and he grabbed Apple’s face mask and was called in for a personal foul, pushing the Cincinnati Jets 14-yard line up 29.
This ended up stalling a drive that could have reduced the game to a one-score deficit.
“I just can’t do that,” Davis said. “I know I have to keep my cool. I just lost my temper. I know I can’t let this happen.”
Jets safety Jordan Whitehead also can’t allow an interception chance to happen in a game that’s still close in the second quarter.
Whitehead had a pass from Joe Burrow, deflected off the hands of tight end Hayden Hurst inside the Jets 20-yard line, into both hands, and he failed to hold on. Three plays later, the Bengals took a 20-6 lead on a 43-yard field goal.
“I dropped it,” Whitehead said afterwards. “Tilted ball…you gotta catch that. Of course, I have to make this game.”
It was a theme of the day for the Jets, who lamented their own mistakes more than the plays the Bengals made on them.
Mistakes like a second secondary miscommunication in two weeks with rookie cornerback Sauce Garner and linebacker Quincy Williams covering Bengals running back Joe Mixon in the end zone while Cincinnati No. 1 receiver Ja’ Marr Chase was completely unmarked and caught a TD pass for a 27-9 lead.
“Even the best of teams can’t ride out a wave of self-inflicted injuries,” Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins said. “The things we can control, we have to control, and we have to control quickly.”
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