Brett Favre was inconsistent, but did enough to lead the Jets to a victory.
Obviously the disastrous ending to the first drive wasn't his fault. Antwan Odom wasn't picked up on the blindside, and hit Favre causing a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
Favre had a solid second drive. On a key fourth-and-one, he stepped up under duress and hit Laveranues Coles for a gain of eight. On the next play, he fired a rocket to Jerricho Cotchery on the left sideline for a gain of 23. He then threw three touchdowns, with the first two nullified by penalties. The one that counted was to a wide open Thomas Jones.
On the Jets third possession, Favre was called for a delay of game.
Favre was quiet the rest of the first half.
He had two picks in the second half. In the third quarter, Favre threw a pick on a pass that was a little underthrown to Bubba Franks around the goalline. In the fourth, Jonathan Joseph tipped a poorly thrown ball into the hands of Corey Lynch.
Confusion at the line of scrimmage led to a timeout in the middle of the fourth.
The Jets threw a ton of screens, and a lot of them didn't fool the Bengals.
A lot of short stuff. The Jets averaged just 7.6 yards per catch.
Jerricho Cotchery did some nice things, especially running after the catch. He beat Leon Hall for a gain of 23 on the Jets second possession. He made a great move on Marvin White in the open field to gain the last seven yards.
Another example of terrific RAC, was early in the fourth when Cotchery took a screen and made Hall and David Jones miss on a gain of 10. Another impressive play by Cotchery was when he beat Jonathan Joseph for 18 yards down the right seam early in the third.
Laveranues Coles best play was when beat Hall for a gain of 29 yards down the left seam early in the third. Coles had a key reception on the Jets second possession, catching an eight-yard pass on Jones for a gain of eight. Coles dropped a quick slant in the third quarter.
Chansi Stuckey was called for pass interference, bringing back a Cotchery second quarter touchdown.
The Jets had a very tough time running against a much-improved Bengals run defense.
Thomas Jones scored all three Jets touchdowns, with one pass and two runs.
Jones did some good things on the Jets second touchdown drive. On the first play of the drive, which came after the Fitzpatrick fumble, he broke a tackle of Robert Geathers in the backfield to make six out of nothing. And then two plays later, he ran off left guard for a seven-yard touchdown run.
Jones had thre nice plays on the Jets last possession which ended with an insurance touchdown. On a third-and-two, he made Chinedum Ndudwe miss in the backfield and gained four yards. Then a few plays later, he took a swing pass for five yards, and wrapped up the drive two plays later with a one-yard touchdown run.
Leon Washington was more effective as a receiver than a runner. He had five carries for seven yards. He had a terrific catch-and-run late in the first. On a third-and-seven, he took a short pass for eight yards. He did a great job early in the run making David Jones miss, and that was the key to the play.
Brad Smith ran a reverse for 11 yards.
The offensive line performance was uneven.
Brandon Moore had a nice block on Pat Sims on Thomas Jones' first carry that went for eight yards. A few plays later, Moore was illegally down field bringing back a touchdown. Moore led the way on a Jones gain of six in the second quarter.
Alan Faneca led the way on Brad Smith ll-yard reverse and then on the next play he had the key block on a Jones' TD run. Frostee Ruckey seemed to get by Faneca for a sack in the third that forced a field goal.
The middle of the offensive line, with some help from D'Brickashaw Ferguson, got a great push on Jones' final TD run.
Nobody blocked Domata Peko on a Leon Washington loss of four in the second quarter.
The tight ends were very quiet.
Baker missed a block on Antwan Odom on first quarter sack of Brett Favre that led to a fumble - that the Bengals picked up an ran in. Baker was also called for holding on the play.
Baker had a huge play later, when he beat a linebacker for a gain of six on third-and-two on the final TD drive.