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After all the anticipation, Sunday 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 when the Jets had success early. Unfortunately, when required to make the same kind of adjustments, the Jets had no answer, especially for the bend-but-not-break characteristic of their defense and, of course, the irrepressible A.J. Green.
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1) Nick Folk: He never missed a field goal at home in September with the Jets…until yesterday. He'd also never missed an extra point in his entire career. Again, until yesterday. Unfortunately, he couldn't have picked a worse game in which to do either of these things, let alone both >> Read more.
2) Darrelle Revis: These days, Revis just lacks that extra gear ... Placed within the context of his career as a future Hall of Famer, who some feel played at an unprecedented level at his peak, this was a poor performance >> Read more.
3) Darron Lee: As expected, Erin Henderson was in the starting lineup alongside David Harris. Also as expected, Lee entered the game on passing downs, which translated to more snaps than Henderson because the Jets were in nickel or dime the majority of the time. Lee's first game was interesting to review >> Read more.
4) Leonard Williams: Unless this one-game explosion was an aberration, signs are looking good for Williams not only becoming elite sooner than Mo Wilkerson was able to, but also having the upside to potentially be even better than him -- maybe even within the next year or two >> Read more.
5) Brandon Marshall: Marshall got off to a disappointing start to the year, as he had one of his quietest games as a Jet. Marshall had two first down catches over the middle, but his only other reception saw him unable to beat two defenders to get to the goal line after catching a short pass in the red zone >> Read more.
6) Matt Forte: It was a nice debut from Forte, who rushed for 96 yards and contributed a team-leading 59 yards as a receiver on Sunday. Despite sitting out most of the preseason, Forte looked sharp with good burst and tackle-breaking. Forte even made contributions as a blocker >> Read more.
7) The Offensive Line: The offensive line had some good success. In addition, the pass protection was good, with the Bengals picking up just one coverage sack. In the running game, the Jets had some success with zone blocking concepts >> Read more.
8) Ryan Fitzpatrick: The Jets didn't really let Fitzpatrick air it out -- or he chose not to -- because he completed three downfield throws over the middle but just one outside the numbers. The passing game enjoyed some success in between the 20s on short passes, but let itself down by coming up empty a few times close to the goal line >> Read more.
9) Brandon Marshall: Marshall got off to a disappointing start to the year, as he had one of his quietest games as a Jet. Marshall had two first down catches over the middle, but his only other reception saw him unable to beat two defenders to get to the goal line after catching a short pass in the red zone. He also made a poor attempt at a downfield block and his drop at midfield cost the Jets a chance at getting into range for a potential game-winning field goal >> Read more.
There's arguably no opponent in the league more suited as an earlier barometer for the Jets than the Bengals, who have consistently been a team that makes it into the playoffs and loses in the first round. Assuming Cincinnati is on about the same level again - despite losing to them at home - the Jets can at least say they're capable of beating a potential playoff team. However, just like in 2014, the early stretch of games is so tough that they can't really afford to be competitive and let games slip away. There's now a danger of falling behind in the division and being incapable of closing the gap, even with the supposedly easier second-half schedule.
If they keep losing close games, there's also a chance their wheels completely come off, which could give rise to talks of a regime change. I can't imagine it getting to that point, though. Is this team perfect? No. However, they have far too much talent to consider writing them off yet.
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