Jets suffer horrible loss to the lowly Bengals

VINCENT DAVIS | 12/5/2019, 2:43 p.m.
Unless you’re into hockey, Rangers, Islanders, Sunday was an exceptionally hard day for a New York sports fan.

Unless you’re into hockey, Rangers, Islanders, Sunday was an exceptionally hard day for a New York sports fan. A dismal ending to the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Knicks lost. The Nets lost. The Giants lost and the Jets lost. The latter was the most difficult loss to understand.

On a three game win streak, after defeating the Oakland Raiders the week before, a potential playoff contender, the New York Jets lost to a winless Cincinnati Bengals team, a team with 11 straight losses. The longest in this NFL season, and the longest losing streak in the Bengals’ franchise history. Earlier this season, the Jets lost to the 0 and 7 Miami Dolphins, giving them their first win.

The Jets’ three wins were thought to be a turnaround from their losing season. Players had thoughts of making a run at the playoffs. They’d quieted lots of the negative fan and media talk.

But Cincinnati shut down the Jets who had averaged 34 point totals in each of their last three games. Cincinnati only allowed the Jets two field goals, one in the first quarter, the other in the second. They held the Jets completely scoreless in the second half.

“We just couldn’t stay consistent on anything,” said Adam Gase, the Jets’ head coach, about their 22-6 road loss. “Every time we had something going, we’d shoot ourselves in the foot.” Gase referenced their eight offensive penalties.

The Jets were penalized 10 times for 106 total yards. Offensive drives were flagged.

“There were some opportunities for us that we missed,” noted Gase.

“We couldn’t really get a rhythm,” explained quarterback Sam Darnold. “Whenever you have penalties, especially on big plays, it’s hard.”

What’s also been hard, well kind of, was assuming that the Jets were an automatic out, an L. Their last chance at a win is Sunday at home against Miami because their upcoming games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills to close the season are against teams who assume that they will defeat the Jets, not take an L.