Result: The Jets beat the Bengals 25-17 in Cincinnati on Saturday night.
Need to Know: Geno Smith went 10-13 with 98 yards and one interception. He also rushed for one touchdown, with four carries and 20 yards.
Chris Johnson had 10 carries for 63 yards, while Bilal Powell had 41 yards rushing with a touchdown.
Greg Salas led the team with 31 yards receiving. Clyde Gates had one catch, a 17-yard touchdown. Jace Amaro had two catches for 24 yards.
Darrin Walls had one interception, the only turnover from the Bengals.
Michael Vick had five completions for 70 yards and one touchdown.
In an experiment, the Jets moved safety Antonio Allen to cornerback and had him cover A.J. Green. It didn’t go well at all – Green caught three passes for 69 yards, including a 35-yard catch after he pulled away from Allen down the sideline.
Ikemefuna Enemkpali blocked Kevin Huber’s punt out of the end zone for a safety.
The Jets had seven penalties for personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness. Offensive tackle Breno Giacomini got two of them – one for shoving cornerback Terence Newman after his interception, another for a roll block. Guard Brian Winters also got flagged for two.
Game Ball: Calvin Pryor, who punished Bengals with two bone-jarring hits. The first was a hit on Cobi Hamilton with the twos in which he dislodged the ball for a forced fumble. The second was a tackle for loss on running back Rex Burkhead. Pryor forced Burkhead out of the game with a thigh contusion.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt wasn’t pretty when the ones were in and while many will focus on the first team’s struggles against the Bengals first team, that is not what will bother me most. It was the penalties. The Bengals and Jets don’t like each other very much and it seemed to bubble over tonight. The Jets were flagged 12 times for 133 yards and far too many of them were personal fouls, from fighting and chippy play. Refereee Ed Hochuli got a little whistle-happy at times (Demario Davis penalty) but it was clear he was keeping the peace in the game.
The depleted secondary starters struggled, but Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman didn’t do much to help them – just as we expected. The Jets defensive staff wants to see just what they have before they head into the regular season, and setting traps and exotic coverages doesn’t help them gauge their readiness.
Geno took a while to get the offense rolling, but he had an otherwise productive night despite the poor judgement or miscommunication on his interception. Geno will be able to rely on this running attack and adding Decker to the gameday roster will surely help.
What’s Next: The Jets and Giants link up and battle for New York supremacy on August 22 at 7:30 p.m.