Crushes Cincinnati 37-0 at home; sets up rematch next week
Of course, there will always be the detractors:
“The Jets beat a team that wasn't trying”
“They don't deserve to be in the playoffs because the Colts and Bengals rested their starters”
“They'll blow it in the playoffs”
Those are all opinions. Some may even be valid. However, none of those opinions has any effect on the fact that Jets completely dominated whichever players the Bengals chose to put on the filed last night by a score of 37-0 at home in front of their frozen but deleriously happy fans who braved the artic chill to watch the game.
Here are some more facts:
- New York held the Bengals to just 31 total passing yards and, while Cincinnati starter Carson Palmer only played for a half, he was 1 for 11 in passing attempts.
- The Jets allowed Cincinnati to rush for only 72 net yards
- On the offensive side of the ball, the Jets put up a very impressive 257 rushing yards.
and the final fact, one that Jets fans may not necessarily feel very good about:
- The Cincinnati team they face next Saturday will be much more formidible than the one they faced last night.
Still, just getting to the playoffs has been a major achievement for this squad that looked hopeless as recently as mid November. Even if they don't last beyond the first round, getting quarterback Mark Sanchez some big-time experience is only going to help his development. Also, they match up well against Cincinnati in several areas and Chad Ochocinco was forced to leave last night's tussle with an injury. If he cannot play on Saturday or is compromised, the Bengals' offensive punch will be weakened considerably.
Still, if last night was the final game to be played in the old Giants stadium, the Jets rewarded their faithful with a rousing performance and restored just a little bit of faith in the ailing ballclub.
It was a nice, late Christmas present for sure.
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Written by Frank Mazzola