Next Best Jet:
Next Best Jet After That: Uh, can we come back to this one?
Best Jets Play of the Game:
Second Best Jets Play of the Game:
Turning Point: Dalton and Marvin Jones arrived safely at Paul Brown Stadium.
Biggest Factor Why the Jets Couldn’t Keep Themselves in the Game: The secondary, left exposed by a nonexistent pass rush (one sack), performed terribly.
Second Biggest Factor Why the Jets Couldn’t Keep Themselves in the Game: They had 93 rushing yards. In the three wins since the one opening day against Tampa Bay, the Jets have averaged 159.
Best Reason Not to Despair: The Bengals are 6-2 and not looking like any wild-card-game loser this time around. They are going to win the AFC North going away and play Denver in the conference championship game.
Biggest Reason to Despair: The Jets didn’t belong on the same field with one of the best teams in the conference, which, by the way, New England is not. The requisite weekly pick-six by
Best Reason to Tip Your Cap and Move On to the Saints: Dalton made some gorgeous throws, like the bomb to A.J. Green with
Worst Reason to Tip Your Cap and Move On to the Saints: Drew Brees can make those throws, too. Darrin Walls replaced Milliner and promptly got beat for a Jones touchdown catch, too.
Best Reason You Didn’t Turn to Ice Skating on NBC: Goal-line stand by the Jets at 14-0. Good breakup on third down by Landry, then strong penetration by Sheldon Richardson and
Next Best Reason Not to Be Watching Ice Skating on NBC: Can we come back to that one, too?
Second Guess Just for the Sake of Second-Guessing, Since It Wasn’t Going to Matter Regardless: The only attempt the Jets made to stretch the field was to
Best Reason for Instant Replay: Not only was Giovani Bernard down by
Best Reason to Wonder If Geno Smith Ever Is Going to Get It: He keeps making the same sideline throw for the same pick-pix, although on the first one Sunday, it appeared
Next Best Reason to Wonder If Geno Smith Ever Is Going to Get It: When a sacker comes through untouched, it usually means the quarterback didn’t recognize the coverage. Jets offensive linemen have been spotty through eight games, but it’s not all on them.
Best Reason Not to Worry If Geno Smith Ever Is Going to Get It: He has won half of his eight NFL starts, three by leading scoring drives on the final possession.
Best Reason Not to Give Up on the Jets Making the Playoffs: They may not be great, but they certainly so far have proven to be resilient. The loss at Tennessee was almost this bad and still the Jets haven’t lost consecutive games.
Next Best Reason Not to Give Up on the Jets Making the Playoffs: After New Orleans next week, the only team remaining on their schedule that currently has a winning record is Carolina at 4-3.