Four Downs: Jets Win Fourth Straight

Four Downs takes a look at the New York Jets fourth straight win, a 26-10 victory over the Bengals on Thanksgiving night.

1: Not An Encouraging Start: The Jets appeared to be playing down to the level of their competition for the first thirty minutes. As such, they rightly entered the second half trailing a terrible Bengals squad 7-3. Cincinnati held onto their lead in the second half for all of 107 seconds. Brad Smith took a handoff on an end around and outran the Bengals 53 yards for the game-deciding score.

2: Mr. Smith Goes To Town: Smith's 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown 2:42 into the fourth quarter simply took all the fight out of the Bengals. Cincinnati had cut the Jets' lead to 17-10 following an Aaron Pettrey 28-yard field goal. But any positive feelings they had instantly vanished as they chased Smith futilely.

3: Another "Guest" On "Revis Island": Darrelle Revis received criticism and mocking for his hamstring issues and uneven play in the season's first half following his summer-long holdout. This just in: He's back and he's good as he ever was. He had completely neutralized Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson in the games preceding the elimination of Terrell Owens Thursday night.

4: Alcrotraz: When GM Mike Tannenbaum traded for Antonio Cromartie during the off-season, he envisioned a starting cornerback duo that could shut down any NFL team's No.1 and No.2 wide receivers. Generally, that has been the case in the first 10 games of the 2010 season. Now in the backstretch of the campaign, Tannenbaum's vision may be coming to fruition. Cromartie was spectacular Thursday night as he yielded four catches for 41 yards to Chad Ochocinco. Also, Cromartie ended a Bengals drive by picking off Carson Palmer in the end zone.

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