Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New York Jets Team Grades: Week 8
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

October 27th, 2013

Week 8 New York Jets Team Grades

The New York Jets suffered their worst loss of the season on Sunday to the AFC North Cincinnati Bengals, who dominated the Jets, and handed them their fourth loss of the season. The Jets record now half way through the season is (4-4), which is a bit better than most people probably would have predicted at this point.

Passing Offense Grade (F)

Sunday was not an easy day for the Jets passing offense led by Geno Smith, who had one of his bad games against the Bengals good defense. Smith finished throwing for 159 yards on 20 for 30 passing, but the big problems for Smith were the two interceptions he threw, both of which were returned for touchdowns. To Smith's defense one of the interception might not have been his fault, as there was a clear mis-communication between him and Jeremy Kerley. The poor play from Smith, and the lopsided score led to Matt Simms getting some action, and Simms finished up in mop up time throwing for 17 yards on three for seven passing. The one bright spot for the passing offense was the nice game put together by David Nelson, who caught eight passes for 80 yards.

Rushing Offense Grade (D)

On the ground the Jets weren’t very effective either, as Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory both struggled to run the ball. Powell ran it 10 times for just 19 yards, and Ivory ran it six times for 11 yards. The best runner for the Jets was actually Simms, who had three rushes for 35 yards. Alex Green also got some carries in junk time, and ran it three times for 20 yards.

Passing Defense Grade (F)

Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton had a monster game against the Jets passing defense, as he had a career-high five passing touchdowns. Dalton threw for 325 yards on just 19 for 30 passing to go along with the five touchdowns. Marvin Jones also had a career day against the Jets secondary, as he caught eight passes for 122 yards, and had a career-high four touchdown catches. A.J. Green also had a good day as expected, as he caught three passes for 115 yards, which included a 53-yard catch. Mo Wilkerson did put a bit of a blemish on Dalton's day, as he got his first interception of his career, and had yet another sack to improve on his stellar season.

Rushing Defense Grade (B+)

With the Bengals passing offense having its way with the Jets secondary, the front line for the Jets did all it could to hold the Bengals running game in check. As a team the Bengals ran it 25 times for 79 yards, with Benjarvus Green-Ellis leading the team with 33 yards on 11 carries. The Jets run defense was once again very good, and they really shined forcing a turnover on down with a big goalline stand.

Special Teams Grade (B)

Both the Jets and the Bengals had some big plays on special teams in this game, as the Bengals Kick/Punt Returner, Brandon Tate had a very good return game, which included four kick returns for 133 yards, topped off by a 71 yard return. In the punt game Tate was pretty good as well returning three punts for 19 yards. In Josh Cribbs second game as a Jet, he also played well, returning five kicks for 132 yards, which included a 36 yard return. Nick Folk's likely Pro Bowl season continued as he was responsible for the nine Jets points on three field goals from 45, 47, and 50 yards out.

Coaching Grade (F)

Anytime the team loses by 40 points there is a lot of blame to go around, as on a normal full week of practices with no advantages for the Bengals schedule wise it is inexcusable for the Jets to get beaten this bad. Rex Ryan does seem to be able to motivate his team after bad losses, and he will need to as he faces off against his brother Rob Ryan next week at home.

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