Analysis: The Jets pulled out another one. Except this one didn't come down to the last 10 seconds. The offense struggled, but made a few big plays, Brad Smith's 53-yard run, to get it done. The defense was tremendous, especially in the second half, limiting the Bengals to 34 net yards. Cincy had just 163 total yards for the game. The Jets improve to 9-2 and the Bengals drop to 2-9. The Jets are tied with Patriots (9-2) for first place in the AFC East, but the Jets have a better division record (3-0) than the Pats (2-1).
The Jets are at New England a week from Monday and return home the following Sunday to face the Dolphins.
Fourth quarter: The Jets offense hasn't done much of anything in the second half. But the defense has been stellar. Trevor Pryce sacked Carson Palmer in the end zone for a safety to extend the Jets lead to 26-10. Jets 26, Bengals 10.
Talk about quick strike. Brad Smith scored on a 89-yard kick return to give the Jets a 24-10 lead. Smith lost his shoe and ran the final 50 yards with one shoe. Of course Nick Folk had to make it interesting by hitting the left upright on the extra point. Jets 24, Bengals 10.
The Jets are letting the Bengals hang around. Cincinnati took advantage of some great field position set up by a 23-yard Charlie Weatherford punt. But the Jets defense denied the Bengals six. Pettrey nailed a 28-yard FG to bring his team within 7. Drive: 6 plays, 15 yards, 2:17. Pettrey 28-yard FG. Jets 17, Bengals 10.
Third quarter: The Jets caught two huge breaks. The first was Pettrey's missed FG. The second, after a 3-and-out, was a Jets punt getting touched by a Bengal (Andre Caldwell) and the Jets (James Ihedigbo) recovering it on the 14. Sanchez connected with Holmes two plays later on a 13-yard score. Drive: 2 plays, 14 yards, Holmes 13-yard TD catch. Jets 17, Bengals 7.
The Bengals nearly took advantage of a Mark Sanchez that set them up 1st and 10 on the Jets 37. But Pettrey missed a 27-yard field goal attempt.
The Jets didn't waste any time getting on the board as Brad Smith took a handoff from Sanchez on an end-around and dashed 53 yards for a touchdown to give the Jets a 10-7 lead. Drive: 2 plays, 69 yards, 47 seconds. Smith 53-yard run. Jets 10, Bengals 7.
Second quarter: The Jets had a chance to answer the Bengals latest score as Sanchez marched his team 43 yards down the field. But Folk missed a 44-yard field goal attempt wide to the left. Bengals 7, Jets 3.
The Jets defense was at it again. Rex Ryan's prized unit played marvelous defense for 28 minutes. The Bengals used all of their weapons, including Chad Ochocinco and marched 63 yards over the last 2-plus minutes and took a 7-3 on a 4-yard TD catch by Jordan Shipley. Drive: 10 plays, 63 yards, 2:11. Shipley 5-yard TD catch. Bengals 7, Jets 3.
The Jets finally got their offense going as Mark Sanchez directed a 9-play, 69-yard drive. Unfortunately the Jets couldn't capitalize and settled for a 27-yard field goal by Nick Folk. Key Plays: LT had 28 yards rushing on the drive, including a 21-yard carry. Dustin Keller contributed a 21-yard catch. Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 4:05. Folk 27-yard FG. Jets 3, Bengals 0.
First quarter: There was very little to talk about in the first quarter as the teams traded possesions. The Jets defense was up to the task as the Bengals failed to get the ball past their own 40. The Bengals were equally as effective as the Jets never passed midfield.
Welcome to a special Thanksgiving edition of the Boone Docks Live Jets blog. Marcus Henry is back to carry you through tonight's action of the Jets vs. the Bengals.
The Bengals (2-8) have fallen on hard times this season. Despite the addition of Terrell Owens, who is having a big year, the Bengals have fallen back into the depths. The Jets, on the other hand, are riding high after a miraculous 30-27 last-second win against the Texans on Sunday.
Tonight's game may not be a walk in the park for the Jets (8-2). Despite the 2-8 record, the Bengals boast an exciting wide receiver duo in Owens and Chad Ochocinco. One half of that duo, Owens tossed some barbs the Jets way earlier this week, referring to Jets cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie as Ren and Stimpy.
Owens went a little further and said Revis was average during a press conference with Cincinnati earlier this week. Here's a story from Newsday's Jets beat man Rod Boone.
We're a little less than an hour away from kickoff.
For the Jets, they need to win because the Patriots took care of the Lions, 45-24, in the first game on Sunday. The Patriots improved to 9-2, but lost to the Jets earlier this season. The Pats are 2-1 in the AFC East. The Jets are 3-0.