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NY Jets vs. Bengals halftime report: Mike White scary good on Halloween

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Is a Halloween treat coming to Jets fans?

The New York Jets trail the Cincinnati Bengals by a 17-14 at halftime. Backup quarterback Mike White is playing a scary brand of quarterback on Halloween.Keel

Jets Leaders

  • PASSING: Mike White (23 of 29, 217 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT)
  • RUSHING: Michael Carter (5 carries, 30 yards, 1 TD)
  • RECEIVING: Jamison Crowder (6 receptions, 64 yards)

Bengals Leaders

  • PASSING: Joe Burrow (10 of 16, 82 yards, 1 TD)
  • RUSHING: Joe Mixon (7 carries, 12 yards)
  • RECEIVING: Joe Mixon (3 receptions, 50 yards)

Removing the Roar

With Zach Wilson out, the Jets’ defense has gone back to resembling a silver lining in the football wilderness, even if things ended on a relatively sour note.

The unit came up huge after a White interception set the Bengals up a yard away from six points, capping the goal-line three-and-out with a 12-yard sack for Quinnen Williams.

They’ve also kept Cincinnati’s weapon under control, limiting Ja’Marr Chase to 11 yards on two catches (albeit one that scored a touchdown) and upping the attack on Burrow.

When it came to the Bengals’ high publicized aerial antics, 26 yards of Burrow’s 82 yards came on a single gain to Higgins.

Welcome Back, Carter

Carter has slowly but surely established a stranglehold on the Jets’ primary rushing duties, but no one has picked up the slack on offense more on Sunday than the North Carolina rookie.

Carter has tallied 68 total yards, pacing the Jets with 30 yards on five carries, one of which led to the Jets’ first score in the opening frame all year. If the Jets are looking to mount an improbable comeback, giving Carter more of the offensive burden could work to their benefit.

The Jets got back into the game with a 67-yard drive granted an exclamation point in the form of a diving touchdown catch for Braxton Berrios (two plays after a jaw-dropping one-handed grab by Keelan Cole was erased via review).

Give It Away

The Jets are giving away too many Halloween goodies, losing the ball three times. They were able to overcome White’s first interception (the first going to Jessie Bates) but another, this one going to Germaine Pratt, led to a Cincy touchdown.

The Jets were developing something resembling momentum at the hand of the half, but a 26-yard gain from Jamison Crowder led to an untimely fumble. The Bengals used trickery to make it a two-score game, though the Jets’ defense came through with another goal-line stand that limited the damage to a triple.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags 

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