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Halftime: Bengals 28, Jets 6

10/27/2013

CINCINNATI -- A few thoughts on the New York Jets' first half against the Cincinnati Bengals.

1. Brutal.

2. Brutal.

3. I don't know if I've ever seen a Rex Ryan-coached defense play this poorly. They allowed touchdowns on four of six possessions, including three scoring passes from Andy Dalton to Marvin Jones, who looked more like Marvin Harrison. The Jets surrendered 294 total yards, an absolutely dreadful outing by all levels of the defense. They didn't get a hand on Dalton and the coverage was lousy.

4. Perhaps the most troubling development was the poor play of rookie cornerback Dee Milliner, who was benched in the second quarter. Milliner was targeted five times and he allowed four completions for 108 yards, including a touchdown -- and the one incompletion was a blatant drop by wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Milliner was replaced by Darrin Walls, who proceeded to get burned for a touchdown. Safety Dawan Landry also allowed a scoring pass.

5. The Jets looked flat on both sides of the ball, reinforcing the perception that they can't handle prosperity. They can't even blame this on rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who had no turnovers. There were no self-inflicted wounds by the Jets; this was just an old-fashioned beat down. They were outgained, 294 to 80 yards.