NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Cincinnati 14 6 7 0 27
NY Jets 6 3 3 0 12
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST11:00 AM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , September 25, 2022
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey  Weather: 66°, Cloudy  Attendance: 73,708

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Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets

  1. The Jets defeated the Bengals in Week 8 last season, in a game that Mike White started at quarterback for New York. Of the eight previous meetings between the teams over the last 15 seasons, the Jets have started seven different QBs with only Mark Sanchez having two starts in that span.
  2. The Bengals rallied from 14 points down to tie the Cowboys in the fourth quarter only to lose, 20-17, on a Dallas field goal as time expired. Dating back to last season, Cincinnati has trailed by at least 14 points in four consecutive regular season games, the longest active such streak in the NFL.
  3. Joe Burrow has been sacked 13 times this season while throwing four interceptions. The last QB to be sacked that many times while throwing that many picks through two weeks of a season was Danny White of the Cowboys in 1987.
  4. In their win over the Browns, the Jets became the first NFL team to trail by 13+ points with under two minutes remaining and win in regulation since the Broncos did so against the Chiefs in Week 5 of the 1992 season.
  5. Joe Flacco threw for four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Browns, the third game of his career with 4+ passing TDs and no picks. Prior to Flacco, the last Jets QB with at least four touchdowns and no interceptions outside of New Jersey was Neil O'Donnell against the Seahawks in Week 1 of the 1997 season.
  6. The Jets scored touchdowns on two different drives that started in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter on Sunday. Entering the game, the team had scored a touchdown on just one drive that started in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter in all their games combined since 2012 (at Tampa Bay - 11/12/2017).
Team Comparison

Cincinnati
 
New York
18.5 Points 20.0
268.5 Pass Yds 316.5
111.0 Rush Yds 88.0
1 Takeaways 2
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) There's no panic in Cincinnati.

Well, at least in the Bengals' locker room.

While social media is buzzing about the Bengals' 0-2 start, Joe Burrow has blocked it all out.

Literally.

The Bengals quarterback deleted Twitter and Instagram from his phone to eliminate any distractions.

"I've seen none of it," Burrow said. "I'm sure it's not a very good reaction, but I think it will be a different reaction as we get going here."

Cincinnati is looking to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2019, when it opened 0-11 in Zac Taylor's first year as coach before beating New York in Week 13. And there's some sense of optimism: The Bengals trailed by at least two touchdowns in both of their losses this season before mounting big comeback attempts. Dallas won last week's game 20-17 on a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

"Everyone is frustrated, but we're not panicking," Burrow insisted said. "Two games in, we've got 15 games left. Let's all just take a deep breath and relax.

"We're going to be fine. We're not worried about it."

Meanwhile, the Jets narrowly avoided opening 0-2 themselves with a stunning 31-30 comeback victory at Cleveland last Sunday.

Joe Flacco and New York trailed by 13 points with 1:55 remaining, but roared back with two touchdowns - sandwiched around a successful onside kick - to rally.

"We've won a few games here since I've been here that have been tough to come by and those have felt good," said Flacco, in his third season with the Jets. "But obviously, that one ranks up there pretty high just in terms of excitement, just because of the way that we were feeling a couple minutes before that."

And given the situation they were in, it's a feeling not many teams in similar spots have enjoyed.

The Jets became the first team to overcome a deficit of at least 13 points inside the final two minutes of regulation to win since Chicago overcame a 14-point deficit to also beat Cleveland in overtime in Week 8 of the 2001 season.

The challenge now is to keep the momentum high against a Bengals squad desperate to win.

"They've been on the wrong side of luck," Jets coach Robert Saleh said of the Bengals. "This team, they're still the AFC champs in my mind. They still look like the AFC champs, they're still playing at a very high level and we fully expect them to be exactly what we're seeing on tape, which is a really good football team."

BENGALS' BIG GUYS

Cincinnati spent big money on free agents La'el Collins, Ted Karras and Alex Cappa to bolster its offensive line. Another new starter was added in rookie Cordell Volson.

So far, the group hasn't been able to coalesce. And it sure hasn't been able to keep Burrow out of harm's way. The most sacked quarterback in the NFL last year has already gone down 13 times in the first two games.

Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan thinks communication and minor errors have been a problem.

"We are still getting to know what that group is going to look like for us this year," Callahan said. "You don't have forever to figure it out. It does take time."

Said Collins: "This is our first time playing together, these first two weeks. I think we will be fine."

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

Jets rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson entered the league with some fanfare after being the No. 10 overall pick out of Ohio State. He has mostly lived up to it so far.

Wilson had eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns, including a 15-yarder with 22 seconds left to lift New York to the victory. His 154 yards receiving in his first two games are second only to Atlanta's Drake London, who has 160.

Wilson watched Cincinnati's Ja'Marr Chase and Minnesota's Justin Jefferson make immediate impacts, and he's aiming to do the same for New York.

"Watching them last year while I was in college, I knew that's what I wanted to do," Wilson said. "That was my goal. That's what I planned on doing. But I was just seeing how things played out, waiting my turn and waiting for the opportunity to take advantage of."

LINE 'EM UP

The Bengals know they're in for a test against the Jets' defensive front.

New York has only three sacks, but it has nine quarterback hits and 24 quarterback pressures in two games.

"They're really good inside," Burrow said. "Quinnen Williams is a force in there. I played against him in college, and I played against him last year. He can make it tough on us."

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN

The previous time the teams squared off - Oct. 31, 2021 - Jets backup quarterback Mike White made his first NFL start and pulled off quite a treat for New York.

White completed 37 of 45 passes for 405 yards and three TDs, and caught a 2-point conversion pass, to lead the Jets to a stunning 34-31 win with a 17-point fourth quarter.

White's jersey from the game was sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after his 37 completions set an NFL record for the most in a player's first NFL start.

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AP Sports Writer Mitch Stacy contributed.

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Updated September 22, 2022

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