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Saturday, January 9, 2010
Jets in great shape at halftime


CINCINNATI -- Paul Brown Stadium is awfully quiet.

Shonn Greene
Shonn Greene and the Jets dominated the Bengals in the first half.
The New York Jets lead the Cincinnati Bengals 14-7 at halftime with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. The Jets look pretty comfortable. The Bengals are melting down.

The Bengals have committed a pair of giveaways in Jets territory, have lost players to injury, failed to overturn two challenges (forfeiting their rights for the rest of the game) and have committed four penalties for 35 yards.

And the Jets get the ball to start the second half.

If not for a pair of long returns that gave the Bengals glorious field position in the first quarter, the Jets would be in total control.

Mark Sanchez is out-quarterbacking Carson Palmer. Sanchez has completed 7 of 10 passes for 94 yards, the biggest chunk coming on a 45-yard bootleg pass to tight end Dustin Keller for a touchdown.

Keller sprung the first touchdown, too. He made the critical block that opened up the lane for Shonn Greene's 39-yard touchdown sprint up the sideline.

Palmer has struggled, and his job will get even tougher while playing from behind and with a pair of injured receivers. Palmer is 8-14 for 48 yards and one touchdown with one interception.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has the interception and has shut out Chad Ochocinco for the second time in six days.

Laveranues Coles leads the Bengals with four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown but suffered a thumb injury in the second quarter. Third receiver Andre Caldwell's left ankle got rolled up right before halftime. He is expected to return, but he was limping badly.