The Complete Breakdown of the New York Jets Loss to the Chicago Bears Monday Night
One would think after last week’s timeout debacle that discipline and order would be the Jet’s top priority for their Monday night clash with the Chicago Bears. On the first drive of the game the Jets reminded us that they were in the fact still the Jets and order and discipline are never a priority. Geno Smith threw a pass that was picked off by safety Ryan Mundy and returned for a touchdown. The defense got a quick stop but the Jets fumbled the ensuing punt and thus began a very frustrating night for the always-frustrating New York Jets.
Down 14-0 early the Jets had to play from behind the whole game and did not have enough explosion on offense to make it all the way back. The offense was not the only problem, as the refs did not help Gang Green’s cause either. First, a very a questionable pass interference call near the goal line on a throw to Alshon Jeffrey, that led to the Bears second score. Then later, when the Jets forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, the play was called dead on the field. After review the Jets did get possession but, the touchdown was still erased. The Jets did not get any assistance from refs but this game followed a storyline that has become extraordinarily common for the team over the past few seasons.
Self-inflicted wounds put them behind while the defense plays hard to keep the team in the game but the offense lacks the firepower to keep drives alive and get into the endzone. Last night, the Jets early turnovers behind them behind early, Rex Ryans creative blitz schemes kept the defense afloat, but the Jets settled for field goals and turn the ball over in the red zone. Geno Smith, did have good moments, throwing for 318 yards mostly by escaping pressure and finding Jeremy Curly in the middle of the field. But, with Eric Decker out it was painfully evident the skill the Jets are lacking at wide receiver. Their drives stalled once they got past the midfield, highlighting the Jets need for a big playmaker.
On the defensive side of the ball the Jets were the same and this time that is a good thing. Rex Ryan dialed up blitzs from every angle at a beat up Bears offensive line missing key pieces Roberto Garza and Matt Slauson. The Jets defense lined up in countless different blitzing formations giving Cutler now idea where the blitzers were coming from. Ryan and the defense, aided by an injury to Brandon Marshall, were able to contain a potentially explosive passing attack. The Jets used linebackers lining out wide on receivers to throw them off their route in order to aid a very inexperienced Jets secondary. The Jets injuries and inexperience in the secondary did hurt them as the Jets corners dropped many ducks thrown by Jay Cutler as he was being hit. The refs hurt the Jets but it was their turnovers and missed opportunities that are the reason for this loss.
For the Bears it is still unclear what levels they will reach this year. A loss to the Bills in week 1, a win over a seemingly lost 49ners team and a gift-wrapped win by the best gift-giver, the Jets. The Bears are struggling with injuries on both sides on the ball. Two key offensive linemen, both Jeffrey and Marshall have been battling injuries and defensive leader and pro-bowl defensive back Charles Tillman is out for the year. Matt Forte has yet to get his legs turning, at times making the offense very one-dimensional. That being said, their pass game can still be lethal and Forte is bound to begin to be productive again. It will be the Bear’s defense that will be their achilles heal especially with the injury to Tillman, even though Rookie Kyle Fuller looks like a burgeoning star. Next week the Bears host division foe Green Bay Packers while the Jets play the high-flying Detroit Lions.
Ben Touger | News Cult