York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (11) goes up
for a pass into the end zone against Chicago Bears
strong safety Brock Vereen (45) during the fourth
quarter of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 22,
2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Kerley came down out
of bounds on the play. The Bears won 27-19.
RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears
needed to claw back from a big deficit last week.
night, they had to hang on against the New York Jets.
was quite a game," Bears coach Marc Trestman said
after a 27-19 victory that wasn't sealed until the final
after spotting the Bears a 14-0 lead with early mistakes,
the Jets had one last opportunity to tie, getting into
Bears territory on Geno Smith's 51-yard pass to Greg
Salas. But Jeremy Kerley came down out of bounds in the
back of the end zone after making a leaping grab of
Smith's desperation fourth-down heave from the Bears 9.
then took a knee three times to seal the victory for the
just have to ride this momentum," Cutler said.
weekend, the Bears rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat
the 49ers in Green Bay. They never trailed in this one,
but they had a hard time putting away the Jets (1-2).
not so much that teams are beating us," Jets
linebacker Demario Davis said. "We're beating
ourselves, and you can't do that in this league."
was coming off a disappointing 31-24 loss at Green Bay in
which it blew an 18-point lead. Smith was 26 of 43 for 316
yards and a touchdown with two interceptions — and
nearly had a few others in this one. Kerley finished with
seven catches for 81 yards, and almost came up with a
diving grab off a tipped pass in the end zone on the final
York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) walks off the
field after an incomplete pass into the end zone
against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter
of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in
East Rutherford, N.J.
were some plays you wish you could have back," Jets
coach Rex Ryan said.
also scored just one touchdown in six trips into the red
threw two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett and Ryan
Mundy returned an interception 45 yards for a score.
Cutler finished 23 of 38 for 225 yards and Alshon Jeffery
caught eight passes for 105 yards for the Bears, who got a
45-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to make it an
eight-point game with 3:10 remaining.
some other things to know from the Bears' victory over the
START: The Bears wasted no time getting on the scoreboard.
York's second play from scrimmage, Smith didn't see Mundy
lurking in the flat as he floated a screen pass to Chris
Johnson. Mundy stepped in front of the toss and ran it
back for a touchdown.
Jets stopped the Bears on three plays on their first
offensive series, rookie Jalen Saunders dropped Patrick
O'Donnell's punt at his 40 and it was recovered by the
Bears' Ahmad Dixon. Cutler threw deep down the right
sideline to Jeffery one play later, and cornerback Darrin
Walls was called for pass interference to put the ball at
the Jets 7.
plays later, Cutler rolled right and found Bennett in the
back of the end zone to make it 14-0 — and get the
MetLife Stadium crowd booing.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field
after the Bears beat the New York Jets 27-19 in an
NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in East
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passed for the second-most yards of his career, but he's
got five turnovers in three games.
got to do a better job to give us a chance to win
games," Smith said.
BENNETT?: While most of the attention is on Chicago's big
wide receivers in Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, Bennett
has also become a major factor in the Bears' offense.
the team with 20 catches and is tied with Marshall with
four TDs — and came in with a little extra motivation.
felt a little disrespected," Bennett said, adding
that he watched a video in which Ryan praised the Bears
receivers and referred to him simply as "a big
The Jets lost wide receiver Eric Decker in the first half
to a hamstring injury; he was questionable for the game
with tightness in the hamstring. Decker said he pulled
himself out when he couldn't get it loosened up.
lineman Muhammad Wilkerson also left with an injured right
knee, but Ryan didn't think it was serious.
fullback Tony Fiammetta injured a hamstring and safety
Chris Conte hurt his left shoulder. Neither returned.
Marshall left in the second quarter after injuring his
right ankle, but returned in the second half.
WITH REFS: After an ill-timed timeout call last week, the
Jets took issue with two more incidents involving
review reversed a call late in the half on which the Jets
might have taken the lead. Cutler was sacked by David
Harris and lost the ball, but was declared down by
contact. A review showed Cutler had fumbled, but Davis'
return to the end zone was negated because the whistle had
could've been a game-changing play, but the referee blew
the whistle," Harris said. "What can you do?
What else is new? It seems like we're playing against two
teams out there sometimes."
were also unhappy with a pass interference call on Darrin
Walls that helped set up the Bears' second touchdown.
thought I had perfect coverage," Walls said. "If
anything, I thought it was offensive pass