There was not much for Jets' fans to cheer about during their lopsided loss to the Bengals. The Jets' secondary was torn to shreds by Cincy's quarterback Andy Dalton, having one of its worst performances of the year. However, the Jets' defense held the Bengal's running game to only 79 yards, being one of the only positive aspects of the game. Its season long dominance against the run held strong as New York remains within the top 3 units in the league. The defensive front for Gang Green has been regarded as one of the best in the NFL, and they proved once again on Sunday. As always, the defense was led by third year defensive end, Muhammad Wilkerson. In the loss, Wilkerson played very well, recording four tackles and one sack. The former University of Temple star also made a great play against a screen pass by the Bengals, recording the first interception of his career. As the Jets continue to play inconsistent, look for the Jets' run defense to remain consistent throughout the course of the season.
Once again, the Jets could not come up with back to back wins on the 2013 season. The inconsistent play by New York has been an issue, as it continues on the track of a rollercoaster year. Jets' nation has become accustomed to the inconsistencies' of their team, but not from the defensive side of the ball.
During Sunday's game, the Jets' secondary did not have a great game by any means. The Jets' secondary allowed Dalton to throw over 320 yards, while the Bengal receivers corralled 5 touchdowns on the day. The 40 point difference in Sunday's loss was Gang Green's largest deficit since their 2010 game against the New England Patriots. There were many miscommunication errors throughout the game, as the defense seemed to never get on the same page.
For the Jets' first overall pick in the 2013 draft, Dee Milliner had a horrific game. Granted, he has been battling a hamstring injury since the early part of the season, but he continued to show another poor performance during his rookie campaign. Rex Ryan chose to bench Milliner over the course of the game, replacing him with former Atlanta Falcon, Darrin Walls. On Walls' first action, he made a great play in breaking up a potential touchdown catch by rookie Tyler Eifert. However, the following play led to a touchdown reception in the direction of Walls by Marvin Jones. The quest to find a No. 2 cornerback to play opposite of Antonio Cromartie appears to be difficult, as Gang Green's first overall pick has not played as well as many have anticipated. In order to stop the bleeding in the passing defense, Milliner has to step up to play better, or opposing quarterbacks will continue to target him for the remainder of the season.
"Nobody's going to give us respect till we earn it," guard Willie Colon said. "Right now, we're not earning it."
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In the fourth quarter Rex Ryan chose to sit his premier players, including rookie quarterback Geno Smith. As Smith's day came to an end, Matt Simms got the call to take the wheel in garbage time. With three carries for 35 yards, Simms brought some life back to the Jets. His biggest carry came on fourth down inside Bengals' territory, when he tried to leap over defenders to get the first down. His valiant effort to keep the drive alive came short by just a few inches, turning the ball over to the Bengals. In the air, Simms completed three passes for a total of 17 yards in his two drives on Sunday. Simms looked good, giving him game-time experience, which he lacks. If New York chooses to go elsewhere for a future backup, Simms has a couple of drives to showcase to prospective teams.
Next week will be even more of a challenge for the Jets' secondary, as they go up against the New Orleans Saints' air attack. This past Sunday was a realistic look as to what they will see in Week 9, against Drew Brees. Giving that Dalton is far from Brees, the Jets have to get things back on track to come out with a win next Sunday.