In a game that the Cincinnati Bengals simply had to have if they are going to turn their season around, they used little known running back Kenny Watson to run all over the New York Jets in a 38-31 win at Paul Brown Stadium. Watson, the 7th year back playing for the injured Rudi Johnson, ran for 130 yards on 31 carries and three TD’s. He scored on runs of 1 and two yards in the second half, helping the Bengals overcome a 13-point third quarter deficit.
Trailing 20-10 at the half and 23-10 in the third quarter, the Bengals woke up on both sides of the ball, and outscored the Jets 28-8 to end the contest to improve to 2-4. The Jets, who made the playoffs as a wild card last year, drop to 1-6. They were 10-6 last season. Carson Palmer threw for 226 yards on 14-for-21 passing. The threw a TD to TJ Houshmandzadeh and three passes to Chad Johnson for 102 yards.
The Jets had a productive day from QB Chad Pennington, and were let down by the defense in this one. Pennington went 20-for-31 for 272 yards and three TD’s with a pick. The Jets offense ended the day with 342 yards, but their defense faltered, allowing 395 yards and 28 second half points.
Cincinnati had its best day on the ground in a long time, rushing for 177 yards on 41 carries, a 4.3 yards per carry average. The Jets with Thomas Jones ran for just 84 yards, with Jones going for 67 yards on 19 carries. Next week the Bengals host the first place Steelers in a big AFC North showdown. The Jets are at home to take on the Bills.