Welcome to BGA. We'll be here the day after every New York Jets game for an in-depth review of what happened. We'll look at each position group throughout the day, so keep coming back to TJB to check it out.
Let's move on to discuss Sunday's game.
After all the anticipation, that was a pretty horrible way to lose a game. The Jets left plenty of points on the field and lost by just one, hurting their chances on missed kicks, third down pass defense and red zone execution. The fact that the Jets came out with their hair on fire looking so good only makes the loss seem worse.
The Jets won plenty of individual battles, but Cincinnati did a better job of executing when it mattered, and did well to adjust to those things the Jets had success with early. Unfortunately, when required to make the same kind of adjustments, the Jets had no answer for the Bengals' strengths, especially the bend-but-not-break characteristic of their defense and, of course, the irrepressible A.J. Green.
The Jets have now lost just twice on opening day since 2007. Both of these were at home and by one point. The good news? The last time that happened, the Jets responded by winning five in a row and finished the season 11-5 and in the AFC title game.
However, this game was more reminiscent of another one-point game in a season opener. In the first game of the John Idzik (and Geno Smith) era, the Jets once again lost a lead on a late field goal. Unfortunately, this time there was no Lavonte David to bail them out with a dumb penalty.
It's obviously very early in the season, but this is still a big blow with the Jets perhaps entering this month hopeful that they could put distance themselves and the New England Patriots while Tom Brady is out.
After a game in which so many things that would have made all the difference in this loss, I can't help shaking the feeling that this loss could be one of those things we look back on with similar levels of regret in January.
Oh, well. It's good to be back ... I guess.
Next up… Ryan Fitzpatrick gets off to a rocky start in his efforts to shake some of the criticism he faced for the way he finished last season.