The Cincinnati Bengals beat the New York Jets 27-12 to log their first win of the 2022 season.

The overall tone of the showdown was of the “Thay’s more like it!” nature with strong performances on offense and defense. Let’s get to the takeaways.

Fast start

Prior to the start of the game, a lot was made about the Bengals wanting to get off to a fast start. It’s safe to say they succeeded in that area judging by the scoreboard at halftime which read 20-9.

They also outgained the Jets by 81 yards with Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase each recording over 90 receiving yards.

From there, the Bengals were able to play comfortably trying to hold on to the lead against a Joe Flacco-led offense.

Trey Hendrickson, player of the game

The Bengals’ defensive end had himself a monster game. When the final whistle blew, Hendrickson had 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and four QB hits to go with four total tackles.

Hendrickson was a game-changer on defense and might’ve been the most impactful player of the game.

Comfy Joe

Film review later in the week will tell us more about the total of pressures allowed throughout the game but Joe Burrow was clearly more comfortable in the pocket. I guess that will happen when T.J. Watt and Micah Parsons are not coming after you every single snap.

“I thought our protection today at points was really, really good,” said Bengals HC Zac Taylor. 

Burrow was sacked twice in the game. The Bengals’ quarterback was more comfortable throwing short passes versus two-high looks. He finished the day completing 6-of-8 passes inside the numbers and 13-of-19 in passes thrown inside 10 yards.

Samaje the efficient

With Joe Mixon dealing with a sore ankle late in the game, Samaje Perine’s name was called. He delivered for the Bengals. Perine averaged over 5 yards per carry and stepped up to close out the game.

According to RBSDM.com, Perine’s rushes had a 78% success rate.

Overall, the Bengals ran the football better and a huge reason why might’ve been their willingness to pass the ball more in early downs.

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