Greg Salas
New York Jets Wide Receiver, Greg Salas, a Hispanic American, helped spark a huge 4th quarter comeback for the Jets on Monday Night Football in New Jersey. Rick Schutz / Getty Images

It was an exciting game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey as the game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Jets came down to the final play. The Jets had 4th and 5 from the Bears 6-yard line with just under a minute left to play when Geno Smith sailed a pass over receiver Jeremy Kerley’s head that was caught out of bounds, sealing the victory for the Bears.

The Bears were resilient on the road again, playing much of the first half without all-pro wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, and virtually unable to run the ball against the Jets tough run defense. Matt Forte rushed for a meager 33 years on 13 carries, but tight-end Martellus Bennett, shined for the Bears with two touchdowns.

Bennett and Cutler
Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 celebrates a touchdown with tight end Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears against the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Unlike last week’s game against the 49ers, the Bears got off to a hot start, leading 17-3 in the second quarter. The Jets rallied and came back however, led by Hispanic receiver, Greg Salas, who got extra playing time for the injured Eric Decker. Decker was injured early in the game, as he appeared to re-aggravate his hamstring. Salas had two catches for 56 yards including a huge 51-yard catch on third down with 1:41 left in the game.

The Jets had an opportunity to shine under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, but instead appeared to regress after essentially seven great quarters out of eight to start the season. Jets quarterback, Geno Smith, threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the opening play of the game, and looked sloppy and inconsistent throughout the game.

The Jets committed three turnovers, including two in the opening five minutes of the game, and one in the red zone that was a momentum killer. The Jets had six opportunities in the red zone: two turnovers, one touchdown, and three field goals. Conversely, the Bears capitalized off the Jets turnovers and other than not being able to run the ball, scored when they needed to and managed the clock throughout the game.

Geno Smith
Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets is pressured by defensive tackle Will Sutton #93 of the Chicago Bears during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett stepped up in Marshall’s absence as Jeffery had 8 catches for 108 yards and Bennett caught both of the Bears offensive touchdowns. The Bears Latino star Brian De La Puente did a great job protecting Jay Cutler, in place of the injured Roberto Garza. throughout the night as he was only sacked four times. Dominican, tight end Dante Rosario who rarely sees the field for the Bears, saw some action tonight, making one reception for eight yards.

The Jets run defense looked solid, but they still need to fix holes in the secondary as the Bears receivers had their way with the Jets cornerbacks especially on third downs. Cornerback Antonio Allen struggled in the game and dropped what should have been an easy interception for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

New York’s Latino lineman, Willie Colon also played great, but was called for a false start with less than a minute left to play that moved the Jets back 10 yards. Hispanic defensive end, Jason Babin did not play a down for the Jets after injuring himself last week against Green Bay. In addition to his stellar play on offense, receiver Greg Salas played on both sides of the ball, making two tackles in addition to his two catches.

Bears rookie cornerback, Kyle Fuller who had two interceptions in Chicago’s comeback victory last week against San Francisco, had another interception against the Jets and forced two fumbles.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Jets next week as they will have a short week before welcoming Calvin Johnson a.k.a. “Megatron” and the Detroit Lions next Sunday. The Bears will fly back to Chicago where they will host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

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