Sunday, October 27, 2013
Angry Pacman exchanges words with Rex
By Rich Cimini
CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones, upset with what he perceived as dirty play by receiver David Nelson, got into a back-and-forth with the New York Jets' sideline late in the game. Jones exchanged a few words with coach Rex Ryan.
"He told me to shut the hell up," Jones told Bengals.com after his team's 49-9 rout Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
Asked how he responded to Ryan, Jones said he pointed to the scoreboard.
"(Nelson) was playing dirty," Jones said. "He cut me like four times after the play. Thank God I took my medicine today, I guess, and I didn't go off. Hopefully he'll get fined. At least three fines. There were three real cheap shots after the play."
Nelson was flagged for a personal foul. Jones got the last laugh, intercepting a Geno Smith pass and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Bengals a 49-9 lead early in the fourth quarter. It was Smith's last pass of the game.
Nelson ended up having his most productive day as a Jet -- a team-high eight catches for 80 yards.
Mo's pick: Despite an awful game by the pass defense, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson made a couple of big plays. He recorded his seventh sack, which leads the team, and made his first career interception. It came on a weird, volleyball-type play. Wilkerson tipped a pass to defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who tipped it back to him. It could've been a turning point in the game, but the Jets only managed to convert it into a field goal.
Injury report: Tight end Jeff Cumberland left the game with what was announced as a head injury. Safety Antonio Allen suffered an undisclosed injury that will require tests Monday morning. Guard Willie Colon, who got up slowly after a play late in the game, was seen in the locker room wearing a heavy wrap around his ribs.
Simms debuts: First-year uarterback Matt Simms made his NFL debut, replacing Smith early in the fourth quarter. His most memorable play, if not the smartest, was trying to hurdle two defenders to reach the first-down marker. He's lucky he wasn't injured.
"I'm probably going to get a few messages from my father telling me to be a little smarter," said Simms, son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. "I wanted to show everyone that I’m going to sacrifice and play hard. I’m going to play to the last play, no matter what the score is."
Disappearing pass rush: The big, nasty Jets' pass-rush, which entered the game with 24 sacks, was a non-factor. They had only one quarterback hit, and that was Wilkerson's sack in the second quarter. That has to be alarming, considering the Bengals lost left tackle Andrew Whitworth in the second half.
Leaky secondary: Here's an unofficial breakdown of completions allowed by the Jets' defensive backs:
Cornerback Dee Milliner -- Targeted five times, four completions for 108 yards and one TD.
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie -- Targeted five times, two completions for 106 yards. Also a 34-yard pass-interference penalty.
Cornerback Darrin Walls -- Targeted three times, one completion for six yards and one TD.
Cornerback Kyle Wilson -- Targeted twice, one completion for nine yards.
Safety Antonio Allen -- Targeted three times, two completions for 22 yards.
Safety Dawan Landry -- Targeted twice, one completions for 14 yards and a TD.
Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett -- Targeted twice, two completions for 15 yards and a TD.