Bengals 14

(0-6, 0-4 away)

Jets 26

(3-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 12, 2008

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 7 7 0 014
NYJ 7 10 3 626

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (NYJ) - 189 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Jones (NYJ) - 17 CAR, 65 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Cotchery (NYJ) - 8 REC, 85 YDS

Jones scores three touchdowns as Jets beat Bengals

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brett Favre and the New York Jets were far from flashy on offense, and they didn't need to be against the winless Cincinnati Bengals.

Thomas Jones ran for two touchdowns, including a 1-yarder late in the game, and caught a pass from Favre for a score to lead the Jets to a 26-14 win Sunday.

Fast Facts

• Thomas Jones recorded his first three-touchdown game as he rushed for a pair and caught one.

• The Jets improved to 3-0 in the games after a bye under coach Eric Mangini.

• Brett Favre threw for a TD, giving him 13 in his first season with the Jets. It ties the record for most TD passes by a veteran quarterback in his first five starts with a new team (Len Dawson, 1962 Dallas Texans; Jeff George, 1997 Oakland Raiders).

• The Bengals fell to 0-6 for the first time since 2002, when they opened 0-7 and finished 2-14 under since-departed head coach Dick LeBeau.

• The Jets held the Bengals to 171 yards, their fewest allowed in a game since Oct. 28, 2001 at Carolina.

-- ESPN research

"It wasn't our best performance on offense, but it was a win," Favre said. "We did some good things. ... Thomas Jones, he had one of those days."

The Jets (3-2) improved to 3-0 in games immediately following a bye under coach Eric Mangini, but this one was far from easy. With New York holding a tentative 20-14 lead, the Jets needed a 10-play, 41-yard drive by Favre that ate up the clock to seal the victory over the Bengals (0-6).

"I don't believe in ugly wins," Favre said. "I believe a win's win. That one felt as good as any win I've been a part of in recent memory."

Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn't get much going for the Bengals in place of an ailing Carson Palmer. He was 20-of-33 for 152 yards as Cincinnati dropped to 0-6 for the third time since 2000.

"O-and-anything stings," linebacker Dhani Jones said. "We just want to get the bad taste out of our mouths. O-and-6 is not a position anybody wants to be in."

The Bengals gained just 43 yards rushing on 21 carries, with Fitzpatrick's 23 leading the way.

"Everyone will say that with a backup in there, we need to run the ball better. We will," said Fitzpatrick, making his second start in three games with Palmer resting a sore right elbow. "It was a struggle out there today. We have to go back to the drawing board and figure it out."

Despite their struggles, the Bengals were still in it late. The Jets had a third-and-4 from the Bengals' 7 when Favre hit Chris Baker for 6 yards. Jones followed with a 1-yard rumble into the end zone with 2:22 left and the 2-point try fell incomplete to make it a 12-point game.

Favre, coming off a six-touchdown performance in a 56-35 victory over Arizona, wasn't nearly as explosive in this one. He finished 25-for-33 for 189 yards -- throwing mostly short passes -- a touchdown and two interceptions.

"I'm not here for stats," Favre said. "I'm here for wins."

Jones finished with 17 carries for 65 yards and had his first career three-TD game for the Jets, wearing their navy and gold throwback New York Titans uniforms for the second straight game.

"Last [game], we threw the ball really well and scored a lot of points and today wasn't that exact same situation," Jones said. "We had to kind of grind it out a little more. The good thing is we're able to do both."

Cincinnati took a 7-0 lead on the third play from scrimmage, when Antwan Odom sacked Favre and forced a fumble. Chinedum Ndukwe picked it up and ran 15 yards into the end zone to give the Bengals the lead 1:24 into the game.

It didn't last long as New York tied it with a 2-yard touchdown reception by Jones.

"The whole point is to be out there with the ball in your hands," said Jones, who had two TDs all last season. "It always feel good to get touchdowns, get into the end zone and contribute to the team winning."

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The score capped a strange drive during which Favre had thrown two other touchdown passes that were called back by penalties.

Favre tossed a pass to Dustin Keller in the end zone on third-and-goal from the 4, but right guard Brandon Moore was called for being an ineligible man downfield. On the next play from the 9, Favre hit Jerricho Cotchery in the end zone, but the play was called back because of offensive pass interference by Chansi Stuckey.

"We're not going to throw six touchdown passes every week," Favre said with a smile. "We might throw three on one drive, which was different, but we've got to be able to win games like that."

After Jay Feely gave the Jets a 10-7 lead with a 38-yard field goal early in the second quarter, New York took advantage of a costly mistake by Fitzpatrick. The Bengals quarterback fumbled when he was sacked by Hank Poteat, and Calvin Pace recovered the ball. Two plays later, Jones ran it into the end zone from 7 yards.

Fitzpatrick's 1-yard run made it 17-14 with 8 seconds left before halftime. Feely added a 43-yarder in the third quarter to put the Jets ahead 20-14.

"We've got to do better," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "It's not good enough."

Game notes

The Jets won the battle of field position, too, with their average start at their own 46, while the Bengals' average start was their 20. ... Cotchery and Laveranues Coles each had eight catches for the Jets, while T.J. Houshmandzadeh had seven and Chad Ocho Cinco five for the Bengals. ... Cincinnati cornerback Jamar Fletcher and safety Herana-Daze Jones injured hamstrings in the first half and didn't return.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1319
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5962
Total Yards171252
Yards per play2.94.1
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-13-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

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Scoring Summary

cinTD13:45Chinedum Ndukwe, 15 yd fumble return (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, -9 yds, 1:24
nyjTD7:44Thomas Jones, 2 yd pass from Brett Favre (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 47 yds, 5:52
nyjFG11:01Jay Feely 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 14 yds, 2:27
nyjTD8:03Thomas Jones, 7 yd run (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 24 yds, 1:20
cinTD0:08Ryan Fitzpatrick, 1 yd run (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 66 yds, 4:05
nyjFG5:42Jay Feely 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yds, 1:36
nyjTD2:27Thomas Jones, 1 yd run(Brett Favre pass to Jerricho Cotchery for 2pt conversion failed)
Drive info: 10 plays, 41 yds, 6:18