Bengals Throwback Thursday: 3 big moments vs Jets
Sunday seems to be a trap game, as the Cincinnati Bengals are riding high from the thrashing they put on the Ravens in Baltimore. Hopefully, there won’t be a hangover and the Bengals can take care of business.
Before then, I went ahead and took a look at the history between the Bengals and New York Jets. It’s a long history with the Jets and so far, Gang Green is ahead in the series 17-10. However, the Bengals have won the last three meetings and I took a deeper look into those three games.
Oct. 27, 2013 – Bengals annihilate Jets by 40 points
2013 was a great year for the Bengals, as Andy Dalton — in his third year with the organization — earned his first division title. They were a great team, one of the best in the AFC. The same couldn’t be said for the Jets as they finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
The two met in Week 8 and the Bengals were 5-2 while the Jets were 4-3. Looking back, this was probably expected to be a decent game. The Jets were not far removed from their back-to-back AFC Championship runs.
This was the first year without Mark Sanchez and the Jets drafted Geno Smith hoping he would be the future. Instead, he was late to meetings because “he forgot about time zone changes.” Smith had a rough rookie season and this game was a major struggle for the West Virginia product.
No one on Cincy struggled though. Dalton threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns. Four of the touchdowns went to Marvin Jones Jr., who totaled 122 yards along with the four trips into the end zone. A.J. Green also racked up 115 yards receiving.
Two of the Bengals’ scores came off of turnovers. Twice Geno threw a pick-six, one to Chris Crocker in the third, and the last one going to Pac-Man Jones to cap off the game at 49-9. A tough day at the office for Geno Smith, but a great day for everyone in Cincinnati.
Sept.11, 2016 – Dalton leads game-winning drive
Week 1 is always crazy. Teams win games that turn out to be flukes and vice versa. Take 2021 for instance, the Saints destroyed the Packers and as the weeks go on it appears that was a fluke.
The beginning of a season is like a clean slate. The Jets were excited with Ryan Fitzpatrick, maybe he could lead them back to the promised land. Meanwhile, the Bengals were in the backslide of the Dalton era.
The best years were unfortunately behind him but he still could give a few moments of magic. Both teams traded blows in the first half. Dalton even connected with A.J. Green for a 54-yard touchdown. As the teams headed into the locker room, the Jets had the lead 16-13.
Late in the third quarter, Jeremy Hill found the end zone on the ground to take the lead back from the Jets. However, in the 4th quarter, the Jets kicked two field goals in succession making it 22-19. With 3:17 left in the game, Dalton began his final drive.
The Bengals methodically drove down the field. Finally, they ended their drive at the Jets’ 37-yard line. On a 4th and 2, Mike Nugent hits a 47-yard field goal to make it 23-22 with 58 seconds left. The Bengals held onto the lead solidifying Dalton’s game-winning drive.
Dec. 1, 2019 – Bengals get first win of season…in Week 13
2019 was the final season with Dalton as the starter. Sam Darnold was in his sophomore season with the Jets. Zac Taylor seemed to be in over his head in his rookie year as a head coach. There was no explanation as to why the Bengals started the season 0-11.
The one good thing that came out of this trainwreck of a season was that the Bengals got the No. 1 pick in the following draft and took Joe Burrow. It has been working out for Cincy so far.
The Jets weren’t doing much better in 2019, as they were 4-7 when this game took place. Needless to say, this was not a marquee matchup in 2019.
The Jets struck first with a field goal to start the game. Before the end of the first Dalton threw a touchdown passes to Tyler Boyd to take a 7-3 lead. A Randy Bullock field goal and Joe Mixon touchdown gave the Bengals a 17-3 lead. Sam Ficken hit another field goal before halftime making it 17-6 at the half.
It was an all-Bengals affair in the second half. Due to a penalty in the end zone, the Bengals got a safety and Bullock knocked in one more field goal. Both offenses disappeared in the fourth quarter and the final score was 22-6. Not a great game, but there are no bad wins in the NFL.
What do you think? Did I miss any other big moments?