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Jets become first team to lose twice in a season to teams with 0-7 records or worse

adam gase, Jets

The New York Jets may have entered the day with slim playoff hopes, but following a 22-6 defeat to the 0-11 Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the Jets wrapped up a piece of history that they were surely hoping to avoid, all but sealing their fate of a playoff-less campaign in 2019.

Following their loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, New York is now the first team in league history to lose twice in the same season to two teams with a record of 0-7 or worse.

The Jets entered Sunday on a three-game winning streak following a 1-7 start to their year. Optimism reigned amidst a season in which New York could have easily folded. But following an effort in which they failed to find the end zone versus a Bengals defense that was allowing 26.5 points per game, much of that same pessimism around the team has returned.

After having brought in LeVeon Bell during the offseason on a four-year, $52.5 million deal, the two-time first-team All-Pro running back had grandiose expectations. While the offensive inefficiencies can not all be leaned on Bell, he rushed for just 32 yards on 10 carries against Cincinnati.

Also shouldering a large amount of the pressure is quarterback Sam Darnold, who closed the 2018 campaign with a sparkling four-game sprint. That has not carried over on a consistent basis in ’19, with his 28-for-48 performance Sunday speaking volumes. He did not turn the ball over, but his offensive line yielded four sacks, now giving him 27 in nine games after being sacked 30 times in 13 contests last year.