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Saturday, January 9, 2010
Special teams put Jets in early hole


CINCINNATI -- The New York Jets have been done in by their special teams early in Saturday's playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

On their first two possessions, the Bengals didn't take a snap on their own end of the field and took a 7-0 lead.

Bernard Scott took the opening kickoff 56 yards to the Jets' 36-yard line. Old friend Laveranues Coles fumbled to prevent the Bengals from capitalizing, but they eventually forced a Jets punt and returned it 23 yards to the Jets' 45-yard line.

Seven plays later, Carson Palmer found Coles for an 11-yard touchdown.

Field position could be a struggle for the Jets. Punter Steve Weatherford is out with an illness. Placekicker Jay Feely is handling the duties.

But Feely just lofted a 37-yarder that was fielded at the Bengals' 11-yard line.