On a Thanksgiving Day featuring a bad team playing against a good team in all three games, the bad teams are holding their own — and may just win one yet.
First it was the Lions jumping out to an early lead before faltering late against the Patriots. Then it was the Cowboys getting run over early but taking a fourth quarter lead, only to blow it and lose to the Saints. And now it’s the Bengals surprisingly leading the Jets at halftime.
Cincinnati leads 7-3 at the half.
The Bengals scored on a seven-yard pass from Carson Palmer to Jordan Shipley with just 54 seconds to play in the second quarter, capping what was otherwise a lousy half of play from the Bengals’ offense. Shipley’s score came one play after what would have been an amazing catch in the end zone from Chad Ochocinco; the officials on the field ruled that one of Ochocinco’s feet had just barely come down out of bounds, and the referee upheld that call on further review.
The Jets’ defense is playing well, but the offense hasn’t been able to get into the end zone, and the Bengals have a chance at being the losing team that pulls the upset this Thanksgiving.