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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wrap-up: Jets 26, Bengals 10

By James Walker

Here are some thoughts on the New York Jets' 26-10 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals:

What it means: Cincinnati lost its NFL-high eighth straight game, falling to 2-9. It also confirms the Bengals will have another losing season in 2010. This game looked like many of the other losses for Cincinnati. It involved turnovers, mental errors, and the inability to put together four solid quarters of football.

What I liked: Cincinnati played competitive in the first half and even led the Jets, 7-3, at intermission. But the better team eventually took over. The Bengals also got decent play from first-year defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap (two sacks) and rookie receiver Jordan Shipley (five receptions, 38 yards, one touchdown). These two are auditioning to become a core part of Cincinnati's rebuilding efforts in 2011.

What I didn't like: The Bengals were not ready to play in the second half for the second straight game. After giving up 35 unanswered points to the lowly Buffalo Bills last week, the Jets outscored Cincinnati 23-3 in the second half Thursday. Doing simple math, that means the Bengals have been outscored an astounding 58-3 after intermission in the past two weeks. The special teams also were horrendous for the Bengals, and quarterback Carson Palmer (135 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) had his fifth multi-interception game of the season.

What's next: The brutal part of Cincinnati's schedule continues. After facing the 9-2 Jets, the Bengals will host the 8-3 New Orleans Saints Dec. 5 at Paul Brown Stadium. The good news is Cincinnati has 10 days to get healthy for the Saints, who also have an extended week after beating the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The game against New Orleans isn't sold out, so Cincinnati will need a surge in ticket sales to avoid its second straight blackout at home this season.