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Underachieving Jets had better refocus before their season slips away from them

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The season is only three games old, but it's time to make like Marty Mornhinweg and signal for a premature timeout to take stock of the New York Jets. Let's be brutally honest: Except for three brilliant drives to start the game last week in Green Bay, the Jets have been a sloppy, undisciplined football team, unable to execute in clutch situations and unable to capitalize on their opponents' mistakes. One impressive quarter out of 12 is nothing to be proud of.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:06:54 EDT

Jets: We were robbed of touchdown

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Last week it was the touchdown that wasn't. This time, it was the fumble recovery that wasn't. The New York Jets were burned by a premature whistle in Monday night's 27-19 loss to the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium -- a blown call that probably cost them a touchdown. At least that's how they saw it. The controversial play occurred with 1:30 remaining in the second quarter. David Harris sacked Jay Cutler for a 10-yard loss, stripping the Bears quarterback of the ball in the process.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:05:04 EDT

Multiple assists on Kyle Fuller's pick

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kyle Fuller stuffed a Chicago Bears bag full of gear as he rushed to join family outside the locker room following his team’s 27-19 win Monday night over the New York Jets. Having picked off his third pass in two games in addition to forcing a pair of fumbles and contributing seven tackles, Fuller uttered clich├ęs like “playing my technique, fundamentals” and “staying on my leverage” in describing how he gobbled up yet another takeaway.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:30:31 EDT

Jets miss wide receiver Eric Decker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eric Decker was ready to go at game time, but by the time the Jets trailed to the Bears at halftime, he felt a familiar tightness in his hamstring. The team's No. 1 wide receiver watched from the sideline as the Jets ultimately lost 27-19 to the Bears in a "Monday Night Football" game at MetLife Stadium. "Just tightened up on me and wanted to be smart," Decker said. "A few plays and just decided it was best to step aside and pull myself out.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:59:52 EDT

Mundy on tone-setting interception: 'He just threw it right to me'

In 82 NFL games before Monday night, Chicago Bears safety Ryan Mundy had recorded a grand total of two interceptions. So he was as surprised as anyone when New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith hit him between the numbers on the second play of the contest. Mundy returned the interception 45 yards for a touchdown, outracing speedy Jets tailback Chris Johnson along the way, and the Bears never trailed in a 27-19 victory. Mundy, who suffered a stinger to his shoulder in the third quarter, provided some extended thoughts on the big play to ESPN's Kevin Seifert and others in the Bears' locker room: We knew a screen play was a possibility because, like any team, they definitely have a screen selection.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:39:27 EDT

Jets lament turnovers, blown call

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observations from the New York Jets' locker room following their 27-19 loss to the Chicago Bears: Rex Ryan defended quarterback Geno Smith -- well, kind of. The Jets' claimed "this ain't the quarterback he was at the beginning of last year, I don't care what people say." But, at the same time, Ryan acknowledged he was bothered by the two interceptions, particularly the ill-advised, red-zone interception in the third quarter.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:22:53 EDT

Jared Allen's seen lots of double teams

Observed and heard in the locker room after the Chicago Bears' 27-19 victory over the New York Jets: Defensive end Willie Young joked as Jared Allen walked to the showers about the double teams he faced against the Jets. Obviously, Allen’s the wrong player to voice that complaint to. Allen replied, “You know how many double-teams I’ve seen in my life?” Stat sheet comedy: Once public relations officials passed out the official statistics for Monday night’s game, cornerback Tim Jennings quickly thumbed through to see if his forced fumble was listed.

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:52:16 EDT

Rapid Reaction: Chicago Bears

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the Chicago Bears' 27-19 win over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. What it means: This is the “backbone” building Marc Trestman always talks about. Two road wins in a row should build confidence for the club before it hosts the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, followed by back-to-back outings at the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. A 2-1 start with two of the first three games on the road is a major win for the Bears.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:44:23 EDT

Rapid Reaction: New York Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Jets' 27-19 loss to the Chicago Bears Monday night at MetLife Stadium: What it means: The Jets (1-2) dropped their second straight to the NFC North, committing three turnovers and wasting countless opportunities. Geno Smith was wildly uneven, opening the door for a possible quarterback controversy. No doubt, there will be calls for Michael Vick. Smith was hurt by the loss of Eric Decker (hamstring), who couldn't finish the game.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:44:22 EDT

James Harrison finally right fit with Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- Just as with defensive end Brett Keisel a month ago, it makes perfect sense right now for the Steelers to bring back James Harrison for one more season. Not that it is ideal. Harrison is less than a month removed from officially announcing his retirement at Steelers headquarters. He is 36. And he recently taunted Roger Goodell via social media as the embattled NFL commissioner came under heavy fire for his handling of the Ray Rice domestic assault case.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:00:07 EDT