The wheels of an upset are in motion in East Rutherford
The New York Jets waited until Halloween to provide their fans a treat, while providing a few tricks along the way.
New York ended its first quarter futility during its Sunday excursion against the Cincinnati Bengals, taking its opening possession 75 yards for a six-yard Michael Carter touchdown.
New #Jets plan: Get AVT out in front, in space, and watch him go while the backs rack up yardage. Michael Carter opens the scoring. pic.twitter.com/7kiyACmQMq
— Jets X-Factor (@jetsxfactor) October 31, 2021
Quarterback Mike White, filling in for injured franchise man Zach Wilson, completed his first 10 passes (a season-best amongst Jets passers), seven alone on the possession in question.
The Jets faced only a single third down on the drive, a six-yard obstacle overcome by a gain of eight for Carter. The rookie, chosen in the fourth round of last spring’s draft, has scored two of the Jets’ three first-half touchdowns this season, previously entering the end zone during the second quarter of Week 4’s win over Tennessee.
The home team appeared to be keeping the offensive momentum going, going 36 yards in six plays on the next drive but White’s streak was interrupted by a Jessie Bates interception that was stopped one yard away from the end zone by Elijah Moore.
Their defense, however, came through on a big goal-line stand, one that ended on a 12-yard sack by Quinnen Williams.
New York trails Cincy 14-7 as the game nears halftime.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags