Several hours after the New England Patriots became the first nine-win team in the NFL this season, the New York Jets joined them.
Like the Patriots, the Jets have improved to 9-2 with a Thanksgiving win over a weak opponent in a game that was closer than expected early, but one-sided in the end.
The Jets beat the Bengals 26-10, getting big plays from the offense, defense and special teams to blow the game open in the second half.
For the Jets, Brad Smith had a particularly impressive game. He had 55 yards and a touchdown rushing, 122 yards and a touchdown returning kickoffs and a 23-yard catch that was the Jets’ longest of the game.
The Jets’ defense dominated Carson Palmer all day, forcing him into bad throws early and a mistake in the end zone late. It was an ugly game for the Bengals’ offense, and they fell to 2-9. For a team that was supposed to be interesting this season because of the presence of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, the only interesting thing to watch for is whether they end up with the first pick in the draft.
The Jets, however, are looking like Super Bowl contenders. No team in the league has a better record.