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Twitter reactions to Bengals’ disappointing loss to Jets and that terrible penalty

Bengals fans were not pleased with Cincinnati’s performance, or the game-altering penalty.

NFL: OCT 24 Bengals at Ravens Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals dropped their last game of a three-game road trip against the New York Jets.

It was a drastically disappointing game for several reasons. Cincinnati just came off a win against the Baltimore Ravens and were the talk of the NFL. New York was also 1-5 and forced to start a quarterback who had never started a game in the NFL before.

As they say though, this is why they play the games.

Defense couldn’t ground Jets offense

The Bengals were coming off their best performance of the season by holding Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to just 17 points. It looked like they were a completely different team for most of this game.

Even when they weren’t leaving screens or short passes wide open, the tackling was suspect at best on several key plays that could have swung this game. Was it a combination of being a little gassed from the road trip, not taking New York seriously enough and the Jets just wanting it more? Probably. However, it was still really rough to watch and the coaches and players have to go back to the drawing board after that effort.

A thrilling turnaround

The Bengals offense did get going in the second quarter when they scored 17-straight points. It seemed like they had finally turned it around at that point. Joe Mixon was able to find some running room and Ja’Marr Chase made up for an earlier dropped pass.

The collapse

The wheels came off after getting up on the Jets by 11 points. It was then that Mike White found some magic in New York on Halloween. He drove down the field with little resistance from the defense to get the Jets within four points.

Then disaster struck on the first play of the Bengals’ next drive as Joe Burrow tossed a screen pass that was deflected and then intercepted. That gave White all the opportunity to get New York up with another touchdown.

What just happened?

Flashing forward following a Cincinnati three-and-out, the Jets had a third down attempt right after the two-minute warning, which could very well decide the game. For those who haven’t seen the play here it is.

The Bengals’ defense came up big in the moment they needed it most, but it was taken away by a truly terrible call, and Bengals fans were not happy.

Even the rules analyst for CBS, Gene Steratore, couldn’t defend the call by essentially saying it was the wrong call without saying it.

Still, the Bengals had their opportunities to win this game easily, but they kept shooting themselves in the foot while the Jets played about as good of a game as they could have. One team simply wanted it more today, and it has to be a lesson for this young team to keep that energy up whether it is the Ravens or the Jets lined up across from them.