Bengals vs. Jets Week 8 recap: Everything we know

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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.

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RB Michael Carter: Carter’s dual-threat ability was on full display Sunday, as the rookie ran for 77 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries while adding nine catches for 95 yards. His longest play of the day was a 23-yard reception. Carter looked great once more, but Ty Johnson added a late, crucial touchdown and contributed on ground and air.

QB Mike White: The two tipped interceptions aside, White put up some dazzling numbers. He became the Jets’ first 400-yard passer since Vinny Testaverde in 2000.

DL Shaq Lawson. Lawson intercepted a Burrow pass, recording the Jets’ first ever interception of the season. This was a crucial win for the Jets in the fourth quarter. The Jets were able to take a leading touchdown with the turnover.

Robert Saleh was fired up

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Saleh, as previously stated, was pumped up after the Jets defense prevented the Bengals scoring after White’s initial interception. See his reaction in the video above.

Saleh arrived in New York with a reputation of genuine passion for the sidelines. This moment was the most Jets fans had ever seen this game. The final result gave the head coach even more reasons to celebrate.

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