Same old Jets return to hand the winless Bengals their first victory

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) runs the ball past New York Jets outside linebacker James Burgess (58) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

After rattling off three straight wins, the Jets reverted to their futile ways on Sunday, dropping a frustrating game against the winless Cincinnati Bengals on the road, 22-6. 

In a game very similar to their Nov. 3 letdown against the previously 0-7 Miami Dolphins, the Jets were unable to extend their high-scoring momentum behind Sam Darnold. An improving Bengals defense limited the Jets to their fewest points since a 33-0 loss to New England on Oct. 21.

Andy Dalton returned from his three-week exile Sunday and got a long-awaited win for the coach who benched him, throwing a touchdown pass during a victory that ended the longest losing streak in Bengals history.

The Jets also made some dubious NFL history, becoming the first team to lose to two teams who were 0-7 or worse in the same season. 

New York had scored 34 points in each of its last three games, but was self-destructive throughout on Sunday. Left tackle Kelvin Beachum was called for holding in the end zone, resulting in a safety. They were flagged 10 times for 106 yards overall. Darnold was 28 of 48 for 239 yards with four sacks.

On the injury front, Jets CB Brian Poole was evaluated for a concussion in the first quarter and returned.  CB Arthur Maulet left in the third quarter with what Adan Gase said after the game was a calf injury.

New York Jets cornerback Arthur Maulet (23) is helped off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Sunday’s loss dropped the Jets to 4-8, ensuring they will not have a winning season, at best.

The Jets will host the Dolphins next Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

 — Joe Kay

Associated Press