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Week 13 Game Recap: New York Jets 6, Cincinnati Bengals 22


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New York Jets

Despite the Jets recent run of success, they looked woefully unprepared for this game, and the gameplan involved exactly the opposite of how the Bengals have been beaten all season long. Robby Anderson has really come on the last two games, but you canít trust that will continue. Weíve seen Ryan Griffin and Jamison Crowder both have success only to disappear. That is likely to hold true for Anderson as well, when defenses discover the Jets can only do one thing at a time and shut him down.

Cincinnati Bengals

-Andy Dalton returned to the starting lineup. He played loose and confidently, getting the ball out quickly and mostly on target.

-Joe Mixon was steady and scored his second rushing touchdown in three weeks.

-Tyler Boyd was the go-to target. He scored a touchdown and drew a long pass interference penalty on what might have been a second score.

-Auden Tate made a couple more highlight-reel catches and led the team in receiving yards.

New York Jets

QB Sam Darnold, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 48 - 239 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 9 - 0
The Jets threw the ball 48 times and ran it just 17 ó against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. With as bad an offensive line as the Jets have, it seems a poor way to position your quarterback for success and the result was that Darnold spent most of the day running for his life as the offensive line failed to block anyone. The Jets never saw t he end zone, and didnít even make it into the red zone on Sunday. All that being said, you can still see some growth in Darnold, as he continues to show improved decision-making and has avoided turning the ball over. Aside from constant pressure, he also had to contend with some drops. Overall, Darnold is far from what we expected this year, but has generally shown improvement.

RB LeVeon Bell, 63 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 32 - 0, Rec: 4 - 35 - 0 (5 targets)
Coming into the game, the Cincinnati Bengals were the worst run defense in the league, but they didnít look like it on Sunday, although for some reason the Jetsí gameplan barely involved LeVeon Bell. Head coach and offensive mastermind Adam Gase called just nine runs out of 37 plays in the opening two quarters, with a grand total of five coming for Bell in the first half. The play calling on those runs wasnít very creative either, as often they were straight ahead into the teeth of the defense. Bell had a solid yards per carry average and while the Jets trailed for much of the game, they werenít getting any traction throwing the ball, but refused to use the run on a consistent basis. He did have one drop to start the game, which he redeemed with two 11 yard catch and runs, but he was only targeted two times in the second half. He had a very nice 23-yard run called back due to one of the numerous offensive line penalties by the Jets as well.

RB Bilal Powell, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 14 - 0, Rec: 2 - 4 - 0 (2 targets)
Powell saw most of his carries in the first half, and was not a factor in the offense, especially as the Jets abandoned the run.

RB Ty Montgomery, 4 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
Montgomery continues to be more of a kick return specialist than anything else, and he was on the field three times as much on special teams than he was during offensive plays.

WR Robby Anderson, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 101 - 0 (10 targets)
Anderson was responsible for six of the ten longest plays on offense by the Jets, with six of his seven catches going for between 12 and 20 yards. All three of his longest plays ó two 20 yarders and an 18-yard completion ó were quick plays where he created space with solid route running. Andersonís strength is his vertical game, but he did a nice job adapting to the shortcomings of the offense and managing to get open.

WR Demaryius Thomas, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 23 - 0 (5 targets)
Thomas was not terribly effective against the Bengals, and mostly caught the ball on short, quick routes.

WR Vyncint Smith, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (3 targets)
Smith got his usual two catches, both for decent gains, both near the end of a half. He saw the field on about 25 percent of offensive plays, but hasnít been very involved.

WR Jamison Crowder, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (9 targets)
Crowder was targeted the second most frequently in the offense, but struggled to reel the ball in. The potential was there, but he and Darnold were never really quite on the same page, and the Bengals did a good job of limiting Crowderís ability to get free on intermediate routes. With Robby Anderson playing well, the Jets donít need to keep forcing the ball to Crowder like they did this week.

WR Braxton Berrios, 8 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Berrios didnít see much work and one of his targets resulted in a massive drop. On the Jets first drive, as they were effectively marching down the field, Sam Darnold moved to his right and saw a wide open Berrios. The throw was a little off-target but definitely catchable, and would have given the Jets a first down. Instead, they had to face a 3rd and 7, which they did not convert, and settled for a field goal.

TE Ryan Griffin, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 30 - 0 (7 targets)
Griffin caught four of his five balls in the first half and then was relegated to trying to help the putrid offensive line.

TE Daniel Brown, 11 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (1 targets)
Brown had one catch early in the first quarter and then was only on the field a handful of times after that.


Cincinnati Bengals

QB Andy Dalton, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 37 - 243 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 5 - -4 - 0
Dalton played loose and aggressive in his return after a three-game benching. He missed high to Tyler Boyd deep down the middle on the opening drive. He led a long touchdown drive on the second possession, which featured three straight long completions. He threw a dart to Tyler Boyd for a 10-yard gain on a deep out route. Then put it up high an-yard pick up to Auden Tate on another deep out along the sideline. Finally, Dalton zipped it into a tight window between a trio of defenders for a 17-yard touchdown to Tyler Boyd, setting the Bengals all-time passing touchdown record in the process. Dalton should have had a second touchdown pass on the next drive. CJ Uzomah was wide open in the end zone and wasnít able to hold onto a pass that hit him in his hands, forcing the Bengals to settle for a field goal. Dalton led a 91-yard touchdown drive late in the first half. He had a pair of long completions to Uzomah, including a 16-yard pickup when Dalton scrambled from the pocket and threw on the run to Uzomah on the sideline. The big play on the drive was a deep ball to Tyler Boyd that could have been a 44-yard touchdown but instead drew a long pass interference penalty when Boyd was wrapped up just shy of the end zone. It was a strong day overall for Dalton, who had much more zip on his passes than Ryan Finley did in the three games previous. Dalton should be the starter the rest of the season.

RB Joe Mixon, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 44 - 1, Rec: 4 - 26 - 0 (4 targets)
Mixon played a season-high 79% of the snaps and brought a lot of energy despite not putting up big numbers. He received a pair of red zone targets early in the second quarter, catching the first for a short gain and then picking up 8 yards on the next. Mixon had a nifty 5-yard touchdown run, jump cutting right to get into the hole and then quickly cutting back to his left to squeeze through and into the end zone. Mixonís best run of the day didnít count. He took a pitch right and made two defenders miss with quick cuts, picking up 31 yards but it was called back due to an illegal block penalty against Auden Tate. Mixon showed incredible balance on a 9-yard reception, staying on his feet and tip-toeing down the sideline despite taking a shot near the line of scrimmage. He had some success running the ball in the fourth quarter with the Bengals nursing a big lead for the first time all season.

WR Tyler Boyd, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 59 - 1 (10 targets)
Boyd was open deep over the middle early but Dalton threw it a bit too high. He hauled in a 17-yard touchdown reception, finding a small hole between three defenders, making a hands catch, and then holding on through contact. He caught a 17-yard pass to get the Bengals into the red zone after finding a soft spot in the zone. He lost a contact and left the game temporarily. Boyd had a linebacker beat on a deep seam route for what should have been a 44-yard touchdown but the linebacker wrapped him up while the ball was in the air for an obvious pass interference penalty that setup the Bengals second touchdown.

WR Auden Tate, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 66 - 0 (7 targets)
Tate made one of the highlight-reel leaping grabs he is becoming known for, skying for a high pass for an 18-yard gain. Tate made another leaping grab against tight coverage and was able to slip the first tackler and weave his way for a 19-yard gain. Tate picked up 16 yards on 3rd-and-14, sitting down in a soft spot in the zone.

TE C.J. Uzomah, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 51 - 0 (6 targets)
Uzomah was one of Daltonís favorite targets. The two hooked up twice on the opening drive. Uzomah picked up 14 on a quick pass against zone coverage, with Uzomah showing some nice run after the catch to slip between two defenders to add a handful of yards at the end of the run. The only incompletion on a target to Uzomah was a big one. On 3rd-and-2 from the Jets 5-yard line, Uzomah lined up on the right side of the line and slipped through traffic on a crossing route. Nobody picked him up and he came wide open in the front of the end zone. Dalton hit him for what should have been a touchdown but Uzomah dropped it. Dalton came right back to Uzomah on the next offensive snap, hitting him for 12 yards.

TE Tyler Eifert, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Eifert played limited snaps behind CJ Uzomah. He made a leaping grab over a defender along the sideline for a 12-yard gain.