With the best game of the week, the San Francisco 49ers-Baltimore Ravens, not on national television, the best a New York football fan could do was tune in to watch the ‘surging’ New York Jets take on the winless Cincinnati Bengals. All offense to the New York Giants, their season has gone from bad to worse with each passing week and a sprinkling of snow was not what they needed to help them get a win. 3 confounding hours later and the Jets winning streak was over and the Bengals had themselves a win.
After scoring 34 points in 3 straight weeks, and winning all of those games, the Jets actually had some momentum going into a very winnable game. With his offensive line healthy, quarterback Sam Darnold actually looked like the top prospect the Jets thought they had drafted. Until today. Lead wide receiver Robbie Anderson dropped a slightly underthrown ball in the end zone on the first drive, and after that it appeared like Darnold’s Mononucleosis returned as he exclusively threw balls under 10 yards down the field. He finished the game with a paltry 5 yard per attempt average.
Meanwhile, after being benched for the past 3 weeks after an 0-8 start, Bengals franchise quarterback Andy Dalton was back behind center. The 3 week experiment without him failed to yield a win, and even though the Bengals are in tank mode, no team wants the dubious honor of going winless for an entire season, so Dalton got his job back. And he played like a man on a mission to show just how ill advised the decision to bench him in the first place was. He made sharp throws all day, negating the Jets superb run defense with consistent bullets to Tyler Boyd and Auden Tate.
At the end of the day, the Jets had managed to put up 6 points and Darnold appeared to suffer a mild lower leg injury. The Ravens won a thriller 20-17 on a field goal as time expired. But at least the Bengals got a win!