Bengals hang tough with Jets
The Bengals were supposed to be the NFL turkey this Thanksgiving night at New Meadowlands Stadium. Instead they feasted on a brave defensive effort and quarterback Carson Palmer’s five-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Jordan Shipley on third down with 43 seconds left in the first half to take a 7-3 halftime lead against the Jets before a surly holiday sellout.
The Jets missed a chance to cut it to 7-6 at the end of the half when Nick Folk yanked a 44-yard field goal. Only after making the first one and getting it wiped out by head coach Marvin Lewis’ timeout, where to buy NFL Jerseys, ujersy is a good choice.
But the Bengals overcame their own bit of adversity on the snap just before Palmer’s touchdown pass. It appeared on replays that wide receiver Chad Ochocinco’s feet were barely inside the line of the end zone as he worked against cornerback Antonio Cromartie. But the incompletion held up and the Bengals went to third down, deploying The Ocho and wide receiver Terrell Owens to the same side. With Shipley on the same side, the Jets double covered The Ocho and Owens and Shipley settled into a zone just over the goal line.
Cromartie couldn’t contend with The Ocho one-on-one in the half, finishing with four catches for 41 yards and racking up two catches in the touchdown drive for total of 19 yards on back-to-back plays. But the big play was the first one, a 25-yard run-and-catch screen by rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham. Palmer also overcame adversity in the face of the Jets’ blitz. After throwing two interceptions, he got the ball to Shipley and finished the half 12 of 22 for 99 yards, Recommend directory: Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys.
The undermanned Bengals defense didn’t flinch early and turned away the Jets in the red zone by allowing only Folk’s 27-yard field goal that gave New York a 3-0 lead with 9:01 left in the first half.
The Bengals overcame 36-yard play, a 21-yard catch by tight end Dustin Keller and a 15-yard facemask penalty on cornerback Jonathan Wade, in large part because cornerback Leon Hall defended wide receiver Braylon Edwards one-on-one in the end zone a blitz.
Recommend directory: New England Patriots Jerseys, But two Palmer interceptions in the second quarter marred the defensive effort. The last one, with 5:06 left in the second quarter, was a killer. Running back Cedric Benson, hemmed in all half with just 31 yards on 11 carries, finally broke out on a 14-yard run cleared by right guard Bobbie Williams’ block on tackle Sione Pouha. From the Jets 28, Palmer had Owens running open behind three defensive backs deep in the end zone. But he underthrew it and it was short enough for Cromartie to pick it off.
Wade, quite impressive considering he was without a team on Sunday, responded. The Bengals blitzed on third down, leaving Wade one-on-one down the sideline with Jets quarterback Matt Sanchez’s favorite target, wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Wade matched him stride for stride and Edwards couldn’t reach it.
The Bengals defense forced two punts in the opening quarter that featured rookie defensive end Carlos Dunlap’s first NFL sack as they held the Jets to a scoreless tie heading into the second quarter, Recommend directory: New Orleans Saints Jerseys.
The Jets took the air out of the Bengals running game immediately on the game’ first series when they stuffed Benson for no yards on his first four carries and had to punt despite Palmer’s first-down conversion pass to Ochocinco on third-and-10.
Palmer had to get rid of it quickly in the face of a blitz, but The Ocho beat Cromartie one-on—one. On the next third down, the Jets double teamed Ochocinco and Owens and Palmer had to get rid of it and threw it low to slot receiver Shipley for an incompletion to force the punt.
Recommend directory: San Diego Chargers Jerseys, But the Bengals’ revamped secondary held up well in its first series with Wade drawing his seventh NFL start even though the Bengals signed him only on Monday. On third-and-9 he hauled down wide receiver Santonio Holmes after a quick pass for a short gain to force the punt. The Bengals also stuffed a Wildcat run by wide receiver Brad Smith for a yard in the series.
They did it again on the second series after the Jets committed their third penalty of the game, Edwards’ block in the back. They got good coverage on the ensuing snap to get Dunlap’s sack on a scrambling Sanchez and on third-and-22 a zone blitz forced Sanchez to throw it quick and force another punt.
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