1:00 PM ET, December 16, 2001
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- With their December demons seemingly knocking them down again, the New York Jets did something unusual. They won.Ignoring a history that says they plummet from the playoff race in the final month of the calendar, the Jets rallied in the fourth quarter Sunday for a 15-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Vinny Testaverde's two late TD passes Sunday helped the Jets snap their December jinx.
It will help him -- for Vinny to bring the Jets back like he did should give him some confidence. And winning an important game in December helps the Jets' confidence, too; it should quiet the critics to a degree.
The Jets had some success throwing the ball, but they still need to open things up. New York needs to become more aggressive on offense. They can't be conservative but must take the game to the defense.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
The Bengals were without linebacker Steve Foley, whose 44-game starting streak was snapped because of a back problem. ... Besides their 81- and 87-yard drives, the Bengals gained 80 yards. ... Testaverde moved into 14th place with 238 career touchdown passes ... Henderson's interception was his first in the NFL.