Once regarded as the best in the world and now seeking to prove himself to the doubters, once proud fan favorite Darrelle Revis saw himself badly beaten and embarrassed by a younger and more talented opponent. However, that's enough about CM Punk. How did Revis get on this week?
The big story is that AJ Green put up monster numbers and the reward card for the Revis Island Resort has now been eliminated, so your Revis Island Reward Points may no longer be valid. Actually, though? Things perhaps aren't as bad as they might have seemed.
Green had 180 yards on 12 catches, including a 54-yard touchdown with Revis trailing him to the end zone. However, other than the touchdown, he only had one other first down on a reception with Revis covering him and that was on a ridiculous catch with Revis draped all over him.
So, while Green put up big numbers and many of them came against Revis, it's not like Revis was completely incapable of staying with Green, who is of course one of the best receivers around.
Regarding the 54-yard touchdown, piecing together comments from players and coaches, along with the review of the footage, it seems evident that Revis and safety Marcus Gilchrist both thought the Jets were in cover-3 but the other cornerback, Marcus Williams, clearly missed a sign because he would have been required to drop deep but instead followed his receiver when he broke across the field on a crosser.
Gilchrist tried to signal to Williams to stay out on that side as he stepped up on the crossing route that he clearly thought was his own assignment. However, it was too late because Williams' momentum was already carrying him across the field and Gilchrist's momentum was coming forward, preventing him from dropping deep instead.
Normally in these situations, it's impossible to tell who was at fault, but on this occasion, it seems pretty clear it was all three of them to some extent. Regardless of who was responsible for the communications breakdown between Williams and Gilchrist, all three of them could and perhaps should have anticipated the problem sooner and adjusted accordingly.
The good news from Revis' perspective is that it was perhaps more of a blown coverage than a sign he couldn't stay with Green. These days, he just lacks that extra gear to recover in that situation as he would have been able to do in the past.
Placed within the context of Revis' career as a future Hall of Famer who some feel played at an unprecedented level at his peak, this was a poor performance. It's also not great when you consider it from the perspective of Revis being on a contract that made him the highest-paid cornerback in league history.
However, in the context of an NFL starting cornerback on a contending team, he's not "done" and can still provide the Jets with good performances over the remainder of the season. Well, hopefully…
Williams had a good start, with an early interception and an end zone pass break-up. However, he gave up a huge gain when he gambled for an interception after the tight end beat Darron Lee down the seam, missed a tackle, got blocked out on a couple of screen passes and gave up three first down catches in coverage.
The most costly of these saw the Bengals convert with a long pass on 3rd-and-18, although -- as you can see -- the receiver got that key yard of separation with an Eric Decker-esque imperceptible push-off.
With all the concern over the number two cornerback, it's probably good news that I haven't mentioned Buster Skrine until now. Skrine was called for a pass interference penalty but didn't give up any first down catches, other than one on a wide receiver screen where he was blocked out.
However, I noticed that he was burned down the seam by Tyler Boyd as he stumbled and the Jets were lucky their pass rush prevented Dalton from getting a throw off.
Juston Burris didn't get any reps off the bench and could be relegated to the fifth corner when Darryl Roberts is healthy.
At safety, Gilchrist had a rough time. Aside from the coverage mix-up on the Green touchdown, he was trucked by Jeremy Hill on the other touchdown. And it was his face mask penalty that gave the Bengals real traction on their game-winning drive. He had earlier made a good play in the flat, but also got blocked out on a screen pass that went for a big gain.
Calvin Pryor didn't have a great game, either. He was blocked out on a couple of screen passes and over-pursued a couple of times. He did generate a pressure on a blitz, though.
Antonio Allen did not get any defensive reps in his return to the Jets, but Rontez Miles got in the game for a few plays when Pryor was dinged up.
Next up … Some good special teams play, but missed kicks would end up making all the difference.