The New York Jets followed up their preseason opening win with another win over the Cincinnati Bengals tonight at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. In a close but sloppy contest, the Jets prevailed by the score of 25-17. The first team offense of Cincinnati with Andy Dalton at QB dominated the Jets defense early, but after Dalton came out of the game it was all Jets thereafter, with the defense never giving up another point.
In the quarterback race, Geno Smith was 10 for 13 for 98 yards, one INT, and zero TDs. Despite Eric Decker, Chris Ivory and Jeff Cumberland all being out with injuries, the first team offense under Geno managed to put 16 points and two TDs on the board, with Geno playing the entire first half. Geno also ran for 20 yards on four carries and a TD. The Jets offense was able to move the ball well with Geno under center, amassing more than 220 yards in the first half. On the negative side of the ledger for Geno, he turned the ball over and made another questionable decision with a defender wrapped around his legs. Michael Vick went 5 for 9 and passed for 70 yards, with zero INTs and one TD. Vick added 16 yards on the ground on two carries. Vick did not get on the field until the second half and did not see time with the first team offense. The Jets offense scored 7 points with Vick under center for a little more than 1 quarter of play. Rookie Tajh Boyd saw his first action of the preseason and went 1 for 5 for 6 yards with zero INTs and zero TDs.
Greg Salas led the Jets in receiving with two catches for 31 yards. Eleven Jets had at least one reception. Chris Johnson led all Jets running backs with 63 yards on 10 carries.
Impressive backup linebacker A. J. Edds once again led the Jets on defense with 6 tackles. Leger Douzable, Demario Davis, Garrett McIntyre, Tevita Finau and Quinton Coples all registered sacks or half sacks, and IK Enemkpali had a blocked punt for a safety. Darrin Walls ended the game with an INT.
I'll have more detailed thoughts coming in later. For now celebrate the win and leave your take below in the comments section. As always in preseason, the results are of little importance but the individual performances may be revealing.