EAST RUTHERFORD – The New York Jets are trying to get back on track after last week’s humiliating 41-point loss to the Patriots.
But it won’t be easy against the Bengals, who have been one of the best football teams in the first seven weeks of the season. The Bengals, led by quarterback Joe Burrow and No.5 pick Ja’Marr Chase, are explosive on offense. Their defense is also much improved.
The Jets are without quarterback Zach Wilson for the first time since taking him second overall in April. Mike White is making his first career start after replacing Wilson last week against the Patriots.
Can the Jets bounce back? We’re about to find out. Keep checking out this file for live updates throughout the game.
Mike White injured, Josh Johnson at QB
The Jets just lost another quarterback. At least for the moment. Mike White appeared to bang his head against another teammate midway through the third quarter. The Bengals have been reported for brutalizing the passer in play. Josh Johnson came on as quarterback.
White was on the ground for a few minutes but came back and ran to the sideline. He entered the blue tent for evaluation and went to the bench, with his helmet, instead of the locker room. White was studying a tablet with coaches, so it looks like he’ll be back in the game.
Johnson made 2 of 4 assists in his first game action since 2018. He should have found Denzel Mims for a touchdown, but Mims dropped the pass in the end zone. The Jets settled for a field goal to tie the game at 17. But the Bengals only needed four games to go seven games after the score to restore their seven-point lead to 24-17 with 3:11. to play in the third quarter
Keelan Cole made one of the best captures of the NFL season. It just didn’t count as a take. Cole apparently hit a 12-yard touchdown pass in the dying moments of the first half, sending MetLife Stadium into a frenzy. But the score was reviewed and later canceled, much to the chagrin of the crowd.
Cole caught the ball as it fell to the ground and appeared to bring it back. But the decision was that he didn’t get possession until his momentum drove his body out of bounds. After a long examination, the touchdown was reversed, which seemed like the right decision, and the boos pleased the officials.
But two games later, on the third and sixth of the Cincinnati 8, the Jets still scored. White gave a difficult shot under pressure to Braxton Berrios, who managed to get both feet in while securing the hold. The Jets were able to close the lead to 17-14 with 15 seconds left in the first half, and the Bengals took a knee to send it off to halftime that way.
Mike White is 23 of 29 for 217 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Michael Carter had five carries for 30 yards and a touchdown and also had six catches for 54 yards.
The Cincinnati Bengals have their first lead of the game after Joe Burrow found Ja’Marr Chase for a two-yard touchdown pass. But the big play on that command came on the Jets third and 6 of 28 when Tee Higgins made a spectacular catch for a 26-yard gain.
Higgins was head-to-head with Jets cornerback Bryce Hall. The coverage was good but the grip was better. Two games later, Burrow found Chase for the go-ahead score.
The Jets got a big play early in their next practice, but Jamison Crowder fumbled near midfield giving the Bengals the ball straight away. Cincinnati ended up having to kick a basket after descending to the Jets’ 7-yard line on a rigged play.
Mike White completed 11 straight assists to start the game. But two of his next three were intercepted. And now the Bengals have tied the game at 7-7 at the start of the second quarter on Joe Mixon’s one-yard run.
Both of White’s interceptions were on pitches that hit the receiver in the hands. But the two throws were inaccurate for different reasons. The former was too far ahead of Jamison Crowder, who knocked him down before he was chosen. The next was a short pass to Michael Carter that the Whites just threw too hard.
The Jets were able to stop the Bengals after the first interception with a defensive position at the goal line. The Bengals did not score after starting at the Jets’ 1-yard line. But after the second pick, they took over at 15 for the Jets and made it into the end zone.
The New York Jets scored in the first quarter. Ultimately. Of course, that happened in the first practice which was not led by rookie QB Zach Wilson in the first quarter. But Mike White looked pretty good for the Jets, leading a 10-game, 79-yard rush to open the game. He completed 7 of 7 passes for 65 yards.
The Jets’ play appeal looked to be better than it had been in opening practice. There was a lot of misdirection, movement and it was effective. Michael Carter scored the game’s first touchdown, an eight-yard run to the left, to give the Jets the lead. This is only the second game they are leading in a game this season.
The Jets had a lot of trouble defending against the Patriots. But bringing CJ Mosley back against the Bengals should help them clean up some of that. Mosley, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, is active for the Jets, as expected.
Mosley is a key playmaker in the center of the Jets defense. But he’s more than that as the team’s defensive caller, wearing the helmet with the green dot and the helmet. Mosley’s communication skills and instincts should help the Jets solve many problems before they even arise.
The Jets also welcome projected starter Jarrad Davis onto the field for the first time. Davis injured his ankle in the second preseason game against the Packers. He hasn’t played since. But he returned to the training ground this week and is now ready to make his debut. It’s unclear how many snaps he’ll play given the Jets will have another game in five days.
The Jets, of course, are without wide receiver Corey Davis, who injured his hip in practice this week. He was listed as questionable and ruled out ahead of the game.
Here is the full list of inactive Jets players for today’s game: QB Zach Wilson, WR Corey Davis, DL Bryce Huff, RB Tevin Coleman, QB Joe Flacco, TE Trevon Wesco and DL Jonathan Marshall.
Andy Vasquez is the Jets Beat Writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all analytics, news, transactions and other Jets, please register today and download our app.
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