The fumble set up the Jets on the 39-yard line of the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jets opportunistically went to work.
What ensued was a 9-play 39-yard, opening touchdown drive that ate up 3:52 seconds.
The drive was capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Lamont Jordan running off guard for the games first six points.
"For the second straight week we came out and moved the ball pretty well on the opening possession," said Jordan. "We were able to get down there and score, and keep the momentum going."
Jordan looked impressive in the first quarter scoring the only touchdown of the quarter, and half. Jordan rushed 10 times for 37 yards (3.7) average. Jordan's long run was a 15-yard gain while running off right tackle.
The Jets had the ball inside the Bengals five-yard line due to a perfectly thrown 21-yard strike from Pennington to Santana Moss over the middle of the field. Moss likes the idea of scoring early in games.
"That's something we want to keep doing," said Moss. "Keep coming out and scoring early and setting the tempo for the game."
Pennington played the entire first quarter going 3 for 8, for 34 yards. Pennington had a quarterback rating of 51.0.
The teams traded possessions for the rest of the first half, and into the third period, while fighting off heavy rains, neither team scored during this time.
The next notable point came with 3:03 left in the third. Albert Johnson returned a kick 32 yard yards setting the Jets up nicely on the Bengals 25 yard line.
That was the beginning of a 9-play 25-yard touchdown drive. Seven of the plays on the drive were running plays, culminating with a Chad Brinker run up the middle from five yards out. This made the score 14-0 Jets with 13:08 left to play in the game.
The Bengals then answered back driving 80 yards in 5:32 to score their first touchdown of the afternoon.
The Bengals mixed in the run, with an effective passing game, highlighted by a 36-yard pass from rookie first overall selection Carson Palmer to Danny Farmer. This pass put the Bengals on the Jets seven-yard line. On the very next play Rudi Jackson ran seven yards for the score. This made the score 14-7 Jets with under eight minutes left.
The Jets took over possessions on the kickoff, but were quickly forced to punt after a three and out. The Bengals took possession and quickly moved down field behind the accurate passing of Palmer, and effective running of Johnson.
However once the Bengals moved into Jets territory their plans for a comeback were eliminated by a Wes Bautovich interception that he returned for a touchdown. The pass from Palmer was intended for Lawrence Hamilton. The safety returned the ball 78 yards for the touchdown. This made the score 21-7, with under two minutes to play.
On Palmer's very next throw he was once again intercepted. This time by Troy Grant, a player the Jets signed this week. Grant spent this past season in the NFL Europe. Grant returned this interception for 36 yards, and put the game out of reach.
The Bengals would score one final touchdown in the final minute making the score a respectable 28-13. Palmer would get his first NFL touchdown on this drive. Palmer hit Chesley Borders with a ten-yard strike.
Notes: Santana Moss got the start at wide receiver because the Jets wanted to be cautious with Wayne Chrebet….
Bautovich, the man responsible for the Jets 78 yard interception return for a touchdown, was not in professional football last year. Rather he was working as a security guard at his former college Texas A&M. Bautovich stayed in shape in the off-season by working out with a couple of friends in Texas. He was signed to the Jets this year as a rookie free agent. …