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Jets sack Dalton five times, lead 16-13 at half

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by New York Jets' Lorenzo Mauldin (55) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) AP

The Jets lost defensive tackle Damon Harrison as a free agent this offseason, but his replacement has kept things looking strong in the middle of the defensive line.

They signed Steve McLendon away from the Steelers and McLendon has two of the team’s five first-half sacks in their season opener against the Bengals. Leonard Williams has one of his own and shared another with Muhammad Wilkerson as the Sheldon Richardson-less line has led the way to a 16-13 halftime lead.

The protection breakdowns have hurt the Bengals because they’ve found success when Andy Dalton is upright long enough to hit his receivers. He hit C.J. Uzomah for 54 yards to set up a field goal and hit A.J. Green for 54 more on a touchdown in the second quarter. Green ran past Darrelle Revis on the play, although it appeared Revis was expecting safety help from Marcus Gilchrist as the Jets have used both players to shadow Green for much of the afternoon.

Dalton is 14-of-19 for 213 yards and threw an interception. The Bengals have just 22 yards on six carries as they’ve opted for the aerial attack in Ken Zampese’s first game as Hue Jackson’s successor as offensive coordinator.

Ryan Fitzpatrick is 12-of-21 for 111 yards with two touchdowns and Matt Forte has 87 yards from scrimmage in his Jets debut. Kicker Nick Folk had a field goal blocked and missed an extra point to keep things closer than they could have been for the Bengals.

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9 Responses to “Jets sack Dalton five times, lead 16-13 at half”
  1. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 11, 2016 2:47 PM

    I think someone told the Bengals it’s Wildcard Weekend.

  2. spotsdad says: Sep 11, 2016 2:58 PM

    Has a TD ever just been Mevis’ fault w/o some kind of an excuse attached? Ice up son, that burn looks nasty.

  3. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 11, 2016 3:21 PM

    Wonder if pft will write 27 articles about the non-called helmet to helmet hit Andy took in the first half?

    Somehow I doubt it.

  4. tylawspick6 says: Sep 11, 2016 3:22 PM

    bad news for jetsies outside of it being the land of busts, is that revis looks to be middling at this point of his career and their linebackers are absolutely awful.

    imagine if cincy had more than just 2 passing options?
    losing sanu and jones at the same time will be the reason why they do not qualify for the postseason this year

  5. tylawspick6 says: Sep 11, 2016 3:24 PM

    jets choking again as they usually do

    the laughingstock

  6. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoSeattle says: Sep 11, 2016 3:43 PM

    Someone needs to tell Jet fans with Revis it’s no longer 2009, he is done!

  7. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 11, 2016 3:59 PM

    Lolz the Ginger BB Gun must love that.

  8. tylawspick6 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:12 PM

    lol!

    big mouth brandon marshall chokes again with another drop!

    how does that loss taste jetsie fans?

    0-2 coming up!

  9. bengalskuta82 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:18 PM

    Jets fans don’t quit on your team..they played good..We’re just talented right across board..
    Its just week one..good luck next game

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