Bengals avoid blackout vs. Jets

CINCINNATI -- After some ticket office uncertainty the past few days, the Cincinnati Bengals announced Thursday afternoon that they have sold out Sunday's game against the New York Jets. In doing so, they avoided becoming the first NFL team to have a game blacked out this season.

Just one day ago, the Bengals announced that about 2,000 tickets still remained for the game.

This sellout will be their fourth of the season, and comes on the heels of a three-game winning streak that was extended with last Sunday's 27-24 road win at Detroit. Cincinnati has won its first three home games of the season. The last two were decided in dramatic fashion.

The Bengals used a pair of fourth-down stops, including one that resulted in a game-winning fumble return for touchdown, to beat the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 3. Two weeks later, they fought through a driving, late-game rainstorm to hold on and beat the New England Patriots. An Adam Jones interception preserved the victory with 16 seconds left.

"Our fans have played a real role in our wins with the atmosphere they've helped create," Katie Blackburn, Bengals executive vice president, said in a news release. "We look forward to another great environment with a full house this Sunday."

Even though the game is officially sold out and will be televised locally, there are actually some tickets remaining to the game. They come from a limited pool that was returned by the Jets.