NFL Jets Upsets the Bengals with Strong Fourth Quarter
Our upset special this week is brought to you by the New York Jets. New York (+10.5) pulled off the upset over the Cincinnati Bengals thanks to a strong fourth quarter which saw them score 17 of their 34 points. This is a shocking upset considering Cincy solidified themselves as a top team in the AFC after their 41-17 drubbing of the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday.
So how exactly were the Jets able to pull off this double-digit upset? Two words: Mike White. If you’re asking yourself who he is, that is a normal response. Well White let everyone know who the hell he is in his first NFL start by tearing up the Bengals defense to the tune of 405 yards and three touchdowns. This is the same defense who held Lamar Jackson to 250 yards and just one score.
The Jets scored two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the game to pull out the W. The first was on a beautiful eight play, 75 yard drive led by White. He threw for all 75 yards on the drive and capped it off by finding Ty Johnson in the endzone to make it a five point game with 4:36 left. New York attempted a two point conversion but came up short. 31-26 Cincy. The defense would need to get a stop.
That is exactly what they did as they picked off Joe Burrow on the first play of the drive at the Bengals 14 yard line. Jets ball in great field position with plenty of time left. It took New York just two plays to find paydirt. White found Tyler Kroft for a 13 yard score. Their two point conversion was successful this time on yet another White pass. This time to Jamison Crowder. Jets lead 34-31 with 3:45 left to play.
The defense came up big again and forced the Bengals to punt after just five plays. New York was able to kill the final two minutes of the game, but not without a little controversy. Bengals tackle Larry Ogunjobi was flagged for a, let’s just say questionable, unnecessary roughness call on a third and long stop that would have given Cincy a chance to get the ball back.
But don’t let that call distract you from the fact Mine White, in his first career start, went off and led the Jets to a double-digit upset one week after losing by 41 to New England. New York plays Indianapolis on Thursday night football this week. If he balls out again, Zach Wilson might be checking the want ads.
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