The Bengals and Jets gave viewers a fun game on Sunday and Cincinnati left New York as a 1-0 ball club. Though play was sloppy at certain times by certain positional units, there were a number of big plays that propelled the Bengals to a 23-22 win.
Which big play gets your vote for the Play of the Game for the Bengals against the Jets? Cast your vote and sound off on your winner!
Margus Hunt's Blocked Field Goal: Cincinnati got off to an also start to the game and season, facing a possible 10-0 deficit in the first quarter. The big guy from Estonia came up huge for his team, blocking a 22-yard field goal attempt by Nick Folk. Momentum swung back in favor of the Bengals after Hunt's block.
C.J. Uzomah's 54-Yard Reception: The second-year tight end got the start as Tyler Eifert was still rehabbing his ankle and he came up with a huge play to help get the Bengals on the board. The athletic tight end took a pass from Andy Dalton and scampered for 54 yards. The drive stalled out afterward, but it got the Bengals in position to get three points.
Andy Dalton's 54-Yard Touchdown Pass to A.J. Green: After the Hunt block and a field goal from Mike Nugent, the Bengals offense started to settle down a bit and began exploiting what would be a theme of Green dominating Darrelle Revis. After converting a 3rd-and-7, Ken Zampese wanted to go for the throat and Dalton launched a bomb to Green to give the Bengals a 10-7 lead.
Brandon LaFell's 49-Yard Reception: The Jets came back to take the lead after the Green touchdown and put the Bengals in a big hole in the third quarter. Facing a 3rd-and-18, Dalton sailed a pretty throw to LaFell down the right sideline to get the Bengals to the New York 22-yard line, leading to a go-ahead touchdown.
Jeremy Hill's 12-Yard Touchdown Run: Five plays after the LaFell reception, the Bengals wanted to ride their big back to take a lead toward the end of the third quarter. Hill, channeling his 2014 form, shot through the line of scrimmage and plowed his way into the end zone, giving the Bengals a 20-16 lead.
A.J. Green's 32-Yard Reception: Though it didn't lead to any points, it's worth putting this insane catch on the list. After torching Revis all afternoon, Green had to put some icing on the cake with a highlight-reel 32-yard reception down the left sideline. Revis had good coverage, but Green just made a heck of a play.
A.J. Green with a 32-yard catch. You'll want to watch recaps later. https://t.co/bXioEtoG3N— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 11, 2016
Mike Nugent's 47-Yard Field Goal: After missing a tough, but critical 52-yard attempt, Nugent took the field with under a minute to play to capture the win against the team who initially drafted him. The veteran kicker nailed it to put the Bengals ahead for good.
Josh Shaw's Game-Ending Interception: Though the team was feeling good after Nugent's go-ahead field goal, the Jets still had 54 seconds to get into field goal range and win the game. Josh Shaw, who stepped up on the afternoon in relief of the injured Darqueze Dennard, saw a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass fall into his lap for a game-clinching interception. Though there was some luck involved, Shaw had good coverage and showed solid awareness to make the play.
Game winning interception by Josh Shaw. https://t.co/o3K9mDWbtC— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 11, 2016