White-Hot Start: White began his first NFL start with a bang, going a perfect 7-7 for 65 yards on New York’s opening drive. Gang Green’s first quarter points of the season came to an end with a Michael Carter running touchdown. White completed 11 passes before his first incompletion ended up a few feet shy of a pick-six. The Jets defense stopped Bengals from moving, which fired Robert Saleh up to set the scene for a thrilling thriller.
White’s First Start: White found more magic after the opening drive. He finished the day an efficient 37-45 while throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns. White also added two interceptions but both were tipped off by his receivers. He even hauled in a two-point conversion reception. White’s stunning performance was the result of four years of waiting to make his debut.
No Need to Change One’s Stripes: It took Cincinnati’s high-powered offense some time to get going against a Jets defense that got embarrassed last weekend, but the Bengals’ usual suspects eventually broke out. Joe Mixon had two touchdowns, while Joe Burrow threw three. Tee Higgins added 97 receiving yards, while Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd both found the end zone. Although a slow start and Burrow’s late interception proved costly, it is clear that these Bengals remain a threat offensively after eight weeks.