The jets must eliminate the bone errors to proceed to the next stage

Of course, it’s possible that those two games didn’t matter in the long run. The Bengals are the defending Super Bowl finalists, after all, and they entered MetLife Stadium salty and focused, sitting 0-2, stinging after back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and Dallas, knowing the strong odds against teams starting 0-3 in the playoffs.

And the Bengals mostly did what they wanted on Sunday afternoon at MetLife, routing the Jets 27-12, drowning out the buzz fans had brought into the building with them after last week’s stunning win at Cleveland. .

Still …

Two end-of-the-book penalties, in each half, showed why the Jets — who have intriguing plays on both sides of the ball — are still a flawed whole product. Both were unnecessary roughness penalties, meaning they were avoidable – which is another way of saying both were inexcusable.

First quarter: The Jets had just cut the Bengals’ lead to a measly 7-6, and the defense had risen and stopped Cincinnati, forcing Joe Burrow out of the pocket on third down, forcing an incomplete, stopping the Bengals. offensive gear. That should have been a huge statement.

Instead, there was a flag. John Franklin-Myers pushed Burrow after releasing the ball, then compounded the error by falling, his 289 pounds landing on Burrow. It may be an unimportant piece in 1975. But everyone knows it’s not 1975; it’s 2022. You can’t do that. Three plays later, Burrow hit Tyler Boyd for 56 yards and a 14-6 lead.

John Franklin-Myers hits Joe Burrow late and is flagged for roughing up the passer.
John Franklin-Myers hits Joe Burrow late and is flagged for roughing up the passer.
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“We were both surprised they called it,” Franklin-Myers said, before conceding, “It’s a bang-bang game. But I have to be better than that.

“Whether it’s tricky or not,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said, “he doesn’t have to do that.”

Still, to the Jets’ credit, they were still within two scores of the Bengals two quarters later, 27-12. They were deep in the Cincinnati Territory. The crowd was engaged…

(…and everywhere else, Jets fans were gripped with fury when the CBS feed simply disappeared. Nearly 54 years after the Heidi game, the Jets have been mini-Heidi-ed. And maybe that speaks another day that Jets fans were actually angry when the stream dropped, instead of grateful…)

And then Corey Davis, after being targeted by an incomplete pass from Joe Flacco, began to argue with Bengals safety Eli Apple. It could have been good. But then Davis raised his hand… and here came another flag. There are another 15 meters. And there, for all intents and purposes, was the game.

Robert Saleh reacts during the Jets' loss to the Bengals.
Robert Saleh reacts during the Jets’ loss to the Bengals.
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“It’s two guys bumping into each other,” Saleh said. “If he kept his hands down, nothing would have happened. But he grabbed their player’s helmet.

And then, as if to sum up the day: “He has to be smarter.

Says Davis: “It hurts.”

Again, it was more than two games. Flacco ran for his life most of the day, which again underscored the Jets’ dire need for competent offensive line play and also inspired shoutouts to Mike White and his younger, older legs. mobiles. The Jets also had Burrow on the run, but could never quite get him to take a big loss. And the secondary kept getting burned.

It’s not the loss to the Bengals that’s a shame. This is How? ‘Or’ What they lost to the Bengals.

The Bengals are better than the Jets. It’s hard to argue otherwise, but these Jets are also better than last year’s Jets, better than recent vintage Jets. They have better players. They have more playmakers. They’re still short when facing a team like the Bengals — again, the defending AFC champions — so they have to rely on minimal mistakes.

“We had our chances again,” Saleh said.

They did it. There’s enough here — especially if Zach Wilson is able to start, which could happen as soon as next week in Pittsburgh — to expect better than the Jets have shown us in years. They’ll win games this year if they can honor that – and, frankly, if the coaches can explain to them the importance of keeping their cool.

They didn’t do that on Sunday. Maybe it wouldn’t have mattered. Maybe the Bengals, desperate for a win, brimming with urgency, would make it back to the airport with a win, even unassisted.

Still… it would have been nice to know.

New York Post

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