“We had our opportunities,” Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick said according to Yahoo News. “We were winning in the fourth quarter and we just couldn’t shut the door.”
Missed opportunities in the red zone, Nick Folk missing key field goals, and Darrelle Revis exposed by A.J. Green, the New York Jets loss 23-22 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The game started out with a bang when the Jets went the down, made plays in rhythm, and finished with a touchdown. The Jets defense made a stand against Andy Dalton on the second possession, and got the ball back with an opportunity to score again. But once Nick Folk’s field goal got blocked by the Bengals, the momentum for the Jets went to the Bengals.
Suddenly it became a back and forth type of performance between two good teams. Bengals’ Andy Dalton, who threw for 366 yards and a touchdown, destroyed the Jets defense with screen passes despite getting sacked seven times. Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, none of them to Brandon Marshall who had a quiet game.
This might be one of those games in which it can determine whether they make the playoffs or not. When the two most reliable players on the team, Revis and Folk, don’t live up to their roles, expect angry fans to start doubting this team. Revis island officially looks close after Green put up 180 yards, marking this as one of the worst games in his career. Folk had an off day, and yet, an extra point cost them at least to go into overtime.
Overall, they look to be the same as last season, even if Matt Forte makes them a better team overall. The coaching staff knows this was a blown opportunity to be 1-0, not 0-1 knowing the next five games are tough. The Jets can’t make ridiculous mental mistakes against Buffalo, who also loss in week one.
Whether this hurts the team’s psyche in having confidence against tougher teams, take advantage of these given opportunities. If they don’t, expect another season to be wasted for an aging Jets team.