by Hal Bent
Coming off of their potentially season-turning victory over their division rival New England Patriots on Sunday, the New York Jets face a daunting challenge in week eight of the NFL season as they travel to Cincinnati to face a revitalized Cincinnati Bengals team also coming off a big win last week. Behind their relentless defense and the maturation of rookie quarterback Geno Smith in the second half of the game, the Jets pulled within one game of the lead in the AFC East with their second half comeback in New England and hanging on (with some help from the officials in overtime) to grab a huge win.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith threw one touchdown pass and ran in another as the Jets topped the Patriots 30-27. Without top wide receiver Santonio Holmes again due to injury, the Jets leaned heavy upon young veteran wide receivers Jeremy Kerley and former Buffalo Bill David Nelson who stepped up ably. With running back Chris Ivory’s straight ahead hard-charging rushing style netting positive yardage and keeping the chains moving, the Jets converted 52% of their third downs (eleven for twenty-one) and rushed the ball over fifty times while controlling the time of possession (46:13 to 23:40).
This week, the Jets are in Cincinnati to face a Bengals squad coming off a dramatic victory in Detroit against the Lions. The Bengals got a 54-yard field goal from kicker Mike Nugent to lift the Bengals to a dramatic victory after the Lions had tied the game earlier. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had a big game throwing three touchdown passes and 372 yards as he carried the Bengals to a second straight win on a field goal to end the game.
After facing giant target Rob Gronkowski and the mixed bag of speedy slot receivers and young, fast outside-the-number targets in New England, the Jets have to get a big game from cornerback Antonio Cromartie against the Bengals dynamic wide receiver A.J. Green...CLICK HERE FOR MORE!