Eventually, this cycle of alternating wins and losses has to end for the New York Jets, doesn’t it?
After an emotional comeback against the bitter rival New England Patriots, New York tried to establish a winning streak on Sunday against the hosting Cincinnati Bengals. What followed instead was a 40-point thrashing. A.J. Green demonstrated once again how dominant of a receiver he is. Corner Antonio Cromartie was abused all game, and Dee Milliner honestly looked lost.
This speaks to the Bengals as a good team, which they are, but also raises concern regarding Gang Green’s inability to carry over success. The elements are there for a playoff team in New York.
On a good day, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell make up a good duo of ball carriers. In theory, their outside speed provides dangerous receiving capabilities. The Jets’ defensive pass rush scares opposing quarterbacks into making mistakes. Coach Rex Ryan can design good plays in order to accomplish such a mission, and the team defeating quarterback Tom Brady’s Patriots showed some grit.
So-called elite teams can only earn such status with constant wins. Turnovers limit teams from being victorious on a regular basis, and Geno Smith tries too much and get picked off as a result — not that this is their only ball security issue.
Knowing how things have gone, there is a chance for the Jets to deal an upset of the New Orleans Saints. That may seem somewhat ridiculous, but the Jets get up every other game. Every once in a while, home-field advantage can help Gang Green win a big contest.