Chicago Bears at New York Jets 9/22/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Bears 27, Jets 19
September 22, 2014
Wrapping up the Week 3 NFL festivities on “Monday Night Football” we had a pretty solid matchup between the Bears and the Jets. This was Chicago’s second consecutive primetime game, as they’d just completed a big comeback in Week 2. New York, meanwhile, was still reeling from a blown lead against the Packers and looking to make a statement at home.
Let’s take a closer look at the statistics and key players from this one so that we can get a feel for why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 4 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Jets found themselves in a hole early, and it looked like the Bears would run away with this one. A Geno Smith interception led to a Ryan Mundy 45-yard pick-6, while a muffed punt and a questionable pass interference penalty put Chicago in position for a 7-yard Martellus Bennett score. The Jets managed a field goal to cut it to 14-3 after one.
The teams traded field goals in the second, and New York finally got into the end zone on a 19-yard Jeremy Kerley pass. A strip-sack-TD by the Jets was called back, and that play really could have turned the momentum of the game. Instead, the Bears went into the locker room with a 17-13 lead.
Bennett struck again in the third, scoring on a 13-yard TD from Jay Cutler. The Jets mustered another field goal to cut it to 24-16 heading into the fourth.
New York managed another field goal to make it 24-19, but that’s as close as they’d get. Robbie Gould would add a field goal of his own, and after the Jets’ comeback attempt fell short, the Bears emerged victorious 27-19
Chicago improves to 2-1 while the Jets fall to 1-2.
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The Stars: The Bears didn’t pass on every single play, but they might as well have. Cutler finished with 225 yards and two scores, and was mistake-free aside from his fumble. Alshon Jeffery (eight grabs; 105 yards) and Bennett (five grabs; 54 yards; two scores) were the beneficiaries. The beat-up Chicago defense also played well considering their condition.
On the other side, Jeremy Kerley stepped up for the Jets in the absence of Eric Decker, posting seven grabs for 81 and a score. Nick Folk was as reliable as ever, nailing all four of his field goals.
The Goats: Even though he showed flashes of brilliance, Geno Smith also killed a couple of drives with mistakes. His first interception put the Jets in a hole, and his second blew a key red-zone opportunity late in the game. New York was just 1-for-6 in those red zone chances.
Injuries: There were lots of injury issues in this one. Brandon Marshall came out for a good chunk of the game with an ankle injury. Tony Fiammetta hurt his hamstring and Chris Conte came out with a left shoulder injury--the same malady that plagued Mundy for much of the game.
Jets No. 1 WR Eric Decker came out due to his hamstring problem, while Mohammad Wilkerson was banged up late.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 4, the Bears will be back at home to face the Packers in a big divisional game (September 28; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
Meanwhile, the Jets will get another NFC North opponent at home when the Lions come to town (September 28; 1:00 PM on FOX).
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