The New York Jets rebounded from a slow first half that saw them trail 7-3 after two quarters to outscore the Cincinnati Bengals 23-3 in the second half on their way to a 26-10 win. Brad Smith scored two second-half touchdowns, an 89-yard kickoff return and a 53-yard reverse, to lead the Jets to victory on Thanksgiving.
The Jets opened the scoring with a 27-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead, but the Bengals came back to score a touchdown on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Jordan Shipley, a lead they took into the second half. The Jets then exploded in the second half.
In the opening minute of the third quarter, Smith scored on the reverse that gave the Jets the lead for good, 10-7. Later in the quarter, Mark Sanchez connected with Santonio Holmes on a 13-yard touchdown pass for a 17-7 Jet lead. The Bengals cut the lead to a touchdown with a 28-yard field goal by Aaron Pettrey, but on the kickoff, Smith took the ball 89 yards for a touchdown and a 24-10 Jet lead. A sack in the end zone for a safety by Trevor Pryce completed the scoring, as the Jets won the game, 26-10.
The Jets rushed for 170 yards, led by Shonn Greene’s 70 yards on 18 carries. Brad Smith ran for 55 yards on 3 carries, and LaDanlian Tomlinson ran for 49 yards on 13 carries. Cornerback Darrelle Revis held wide receiver Terrell Owens to 3 catches and 17 yards.
The Jets have a showdown with the other 9-2 team in the AFC in a matchup of two of the NFL’s best against division rival New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.