New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Flacco
New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Flacco, Getty Images

The Jets were rudely awakened from any delusions of national grandeur on Sunday

  • New York Jets 12 (1-2)
  • Cincinnati Bengals 27 (1-2)
  • NFL, Week 3, Final
  • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Last Halloween, the New York Jets enjoyed the sweetest holiday treat in the form of a victory over the future AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.

Armed with the momentum of a come-from-behind victory in Ohio, the rematch proved to be nothing but a nightmare.

Four Greg Zuerlein field goals were no match for three Joe Burrow touchdown passes, as the Cincinnati Bengals demolished the Jets by a 27-12 final at MetLife Stadium.

Any hope that the MetLife Stadium crowd would be able to pace the Jets to an upset victory was perhaps immediately dashed when the Bengals marched 75 yards in 11 plays on their opening possession. Cincinnati took the early lead on Burrow’s first score of the day, a 12-yard toss to Samaje Perine.

To their credit, the Jets nearly swiped momentum back with a field on their first two drives (Zuerlein kicking from 50 and 40), which sandwiched C.J. Mosley’s recovery of a Ja’Marr Chase fumble.

But the Bengals took advantage of the mere triples, scoring a touchdown that broke a good part of the Jets’ will: Tyler Boyd scored on a 56-yard tally before the first quarter let out, putting the Bengals ahead 14-6.

The Jets did muster another field goal from Zuerlein, this one from 52, but the Bengals countered with two from Evan McPherson, one of which was set up by Joe Flacco’s interception to Logan Wilson.

The Jets (1-2) also had further bad luck strike when Garrett Wilson, who caught all four of his targets for 46 yards in the first half, suffered a rib injury prior to halftime. Wilson returned but struggled to make the impact he made in the opening half-hour.

The desperate Bengals (1-2) capped off their scoring afternoon with one more Burrow scoring toss, this one being a redemption-serving pass to Chase. That drive was set up by Trey Hendrickson’s strip-sack of Flacco. No comeback awaited the Jets this week, as they could only muster one more Zuerlein boot.

The Jets (1-2) will look to get back on the right track against the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email:
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1 year ago

We weren’t expected to win this game so I didn’t have any expecatations but it did seem at points of the game where it felt like the game was much closer until you looked at the score.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 year ago

I’ve seen enough Flacco in a Jets uni. Did he have some tough plays with little help from the O line? Yes! But not enough to be this bad 2.5 of 3 games.
Trade/Cut Flacco and sign Streveler ro be QB3.
Don’t know what Q Williams and the D-Co were jawing about but despite much better talent the D can’t get off the field on 3rd down enough and there can be no roughing calls on 3rd down.
They are playing stupidly on defense and alot is on the coaching.
Rex got rid of that early in his tenure despite and extremely aggressive D.
Flacco dosent have tge speed to avoid D linemen and his delivery too slow where it’s blocked or offline.
He has experience but can’t do what’s needed. I’d rather live with White and Streveler if something happens to Wilson.
2022 is the “experience year so that 2023 begins a decade of deep playoff football

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

sorry about the mistakes..These adds don’t give you a minute to proof read

1 year ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

well said Peter