The Cincinnati Bengals overcame a early deficit and late field goal to hold off Jets 23-22.
The Cincinnati Bengals had stumbled early and the offensive line could not have performed any worse. It took Andy Dalton and the whole passing game, to lead the Bengals to their first win of the season.
Andy Dalton overcame an interception and being sacked seven times, the highest in his career, to lead the Bengals offense. Dalton went 23 for 30, 366 yards, and a touchdown in the win.
Mike Nugent was both the hero and villain in the game going 3 for 4 in field goals. When he missed a critical field goal in the fourth, most were ready for change. However, he made his final attempt with :54 remaining in the game to put them up for good.
A.J. Green led all receivers with 180 yards and a touchdown. Brandon LaFell finished his first game in a Bengals uniform with 94 yards. Tyler Boyds and C.J. Uzomah both had two catches, Uzomah got 59 yards and Boyd for 24.
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Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard were a factor to a point. Hill had a touchdown but finished the day with 31 yards on nine carries. Bernard had five carries for 25 yards.
The defense had a difficult day against the run game. They allowed 152 yards on 30 carries by Matt Fort, Balil Powell, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. They did a great job shutting down the passing game allowing only 188 yards. They allowed two touchdowns through the air but made them count as both were near perfect passes in good coverage.
The Jets played an incredibly motivated game with the city and nation paying rememberance to those impacted by the September 11th, 2001 attacks. The Bengals proved just too much on Sunday and came out on top.
The Bengals will now head to Pittsburgh to face rival and division foe, Steelers, in week two. The Steelers play on Monday night but could be playing for the edge in the AFC North if both teams enter with a 1-0 record.