Final

Jets 6

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Bengals 17

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: NFL

7:30 PM ET, August 10, 2012

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 3 0 36
CIN 0 10 7 017

Tim Tebow completes four passes, throws pick in Jets debut

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Tim Tebow picked up some yards by running around a few times after avoiding a sack. Other than that, there wasn't much in his New York Jets' debut.

Certainly nothing to spark any mania back in New York.

And that goes for the Jets' new offense as a whole.

Tebow had his best moments while scrambling behind reserves on the Jets' line Friday night. He completed only four passes and threw an interception on his final try during the Cincinnati Bengals' 17-6 preseason victory.

The Jets let their celebrated newcomer play the second quarter and most of the third. He led the Jets to a field goal and completed 4 of 8 passes for 27 yards with one interception, which translated to a passer rating of 18.2.

The Bengals got a lot of pressure on Tebow and the rest of the Jets quarterbacks, giving them little time to do much of anything except scramble.

"I did some things pretty good," Tebow said. "Obviously I want that last throw back. I tried to put it low and outside. Just a stupid play by me."

Tebow also ran three times for 34 yards, avoiding sacks each time.

"I liked the poise he showed," coach Rex Ryan said. "Obviously, (he) made some big runs and that's what we say he can do. If you want to come after him, you better get to him. In time, he'll kill you running and that's what he did."

All of the Jets' quarterbacks ended up moving around as the Bengals' blitzes threw a few speed bumps into New York's first game under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. The Jets didn't show any of the wildcat-style packages they've installed during training camp.

"The big plays will come to us," said Mark Sanchez, who went 4 of 6 for 21 yards in the first quarter. "The running game will get going and things will open up in the passing game. We're not game-planning for this, so a couple of things caught us off-guard."

The Bengals got a pair of touchdowns from reserve running back Cedric Peerman, who recovered a blocked punt in the end zone and scored on a 1-yard run.

Tim Tebow

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Tim Tebow had a tough passing night in his debut for the New York Jets on Friday.

The crowd of 44,161 at Paul Brown Stadium booed loudly, and photo flashes went off around the stadium when Tebow jogged onto the field. He got the same reception in 2010, when he made his pro debut in a preseason game with Denver in Cincinnati.

That game ended with Tebow leaving a mark. He ran over Kyries Hebert for a 7-yard touchdown scramble on the final play of the game, leaving the safety woozy in the end zone with his mouthpiece on the ground.

He rumbled around Paul Brown Stadium again on Friday, though the Jets were more interested in seeing him complete throws.

Tebow completed his first pass, a 12-yarder to second-round draft pick Stephen Hill, who's aiming for a starting spot across from Santonio Holmes. Tebow scrambled twice for a total of 24 yards on a drive to Josh Brown's 42-yard field goal.

Tebow started the third quarter and forced a throw that linebacker Vontaze Burfict intercepted.

Perhaps his worst moment came after the Jets' first series on offense, when he forgot that he was supposed to get onto the field and protect the punter -- a new role for him in camp.

"I thought, 'Oh, shoot, I'm out there,' so I just sprinted out there and got out there a few seconds late because for the first time in my life, I was out there on special teams," he said. "So I've got to remember that."

The Bengals' came away with concerns about three starters lost to injuries.

Left guard Travelle Wharton appeared to be the most seriously hurt. He went down while pass blocking on Cincinnati's third play and was taken off the field on a cart with an injured right knee. Clint Boling replaced him. Wharton signed with the Bengals as a free agent last March.

On the next series, middle linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive end Carlos Dunlap limped off with assistance after hurting their right knees. Maualuga didn't return, but walked around the sideline freely. The linebacker said after the game that he thinks he'll be all right.

"We've got a couple of injuries that we'll have to deal with," coach Marvin Lewis said. "I'm not going to elaborate more right now."

The Bengals are looking for an outside receiver to complement Pro Bowler A.J. Green. Armon Binns had a diving 16-yard catch in the second quarter. Brandon Tate stretched for a 14-yard reception later in the same drive. Both receivers finished with two catches for 24 yards.

"You can see they're talented and they've got a chip on their shoulders," Green said.

Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton played the first quarter and completed 4 of 9 for 54 yards with a passer rating of 64.1.

Game notes


The replacement officials had a couple of tough moments. They spotted the ball incorrectly after one play and had to quickly move it about 4 yards ahead before the next snap. Referee Jerry Frump announced that a play was under review coming out of a 2-minute warning, then corrected that "It was just a test." ... Holmes was among the Jets players who didn't play -- he's got sore ribs. ... NY S Eric Smith hurt his left hip and knee in the second quarter and left the game. X-rays were negative.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
CIN
1st Downs1114
Passing 1st downs
59
Rushing 1st downs
54
1st downs from Penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
4-137-16
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5258
Total Yards173213
Yards per play3.33.7
Total Drives1210
Passing57127
Comp - Att
12-2013-24
Yards per pass
2.95.3
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks - Yards Lost
5-403-23
Rushing11686
Rushing Attempts
2731
Yards per rush
4.32.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-11-3
Penalties7-523-23
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession27:1732:43

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McElroy4/6498.2003-24
Tebow4/8273.4010-0
CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Gradkowski5/10868.6002-13
Dalton4/9546.0000-0

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tebow4348.5014
McKnight7324.608
CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peerman7304.327
Green-E...7223.1012

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
McKnight33411.30213
Turner3217.0093
CINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jones24824.00453
Binns22412.00162

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNYJCIN
cinFG14:02Mike Nugent 22 Yd 03
nyjFG09:48Josh Brown 42 Yd 33
cinTD00:22Cedric Peerman Recovered Blocked Punt In End Zone (Thomas Weber Kick) 310
THIRD QUARTERNYJCIN
cinTD10:20Cedric Peerman 1 Yd Run (Mike Nugent Kick) 317
FOURTH QUARTERNYJCIN
nyjFG11:25Nick Folk 38 Yd 617