The Cincinnati Bengals lost an inexcusable game to the hapless New York Jets and now they’ll have to pick up the pieces before a Week 9 matchup against the Browns.
The good news is that the Bengals get to return home after a three-game road trip. The bad news is that we don’t know how they’ll respond to a loss like this. They previously lost to the Bears and the Packers but they weren’t favored to win either of those games. Cincy were 12-point favorites over the Jets and failed to capitalize on building their lead in the division.
With all of that said, let’s take a look at the winners and losers from this game.
Loser: Defensive Line
The entire defense could be grouped in here but don’t you wait, we’ll be discussing the Bengals defense more throughout this post.
The Bengals d-line gave Mike White — a guy who had yet to start an NFL game and was doing so for a lousy Jets squad — all the time in the world to throw the football. And guess what that resulted in? White throwing for over 400 yards and the Jets totaling over 500 yards of offense. Pathetic.
I debated giving Trey Hendrickson his own ‘loser’ entry but he had a big sack late in the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up mattering in the grand scheme of things.
Tough game for the Cincy d-line after such a dominant outing last week.