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5 Takeaways From New York Jets Preseason Week 2 Win Against Cincinnati Bengals

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5 Takeaways From New York Jets Preseason Week 2 Win Against Cincinnati Bengals

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The New York Jets showed a lot of promise, but they also showed some areas of weakness against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Check out some of the things we learned about the Jets in their 25-17 win against the Bengals.

5. Up And Down Play From Geno Smith

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5. Up And Down Play From Geno Smith

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Even though Smith had an interception against the Bengals, he also had a rushing touchdown and showed a lot of poise in the pocket. He over-threw passes to Stephen Hill and Chris Johnson but they still came down with the ball. He also made a couple of nice passes on crossing routes, especially one to Greg Salas. Smith wasn't great, but he was pretty good completing 10 out of his 13 passes, plus he outplayed backup Michael Vick.

4. Jets' Running Game Remains Solid

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4. Jets' Running Game Remains Solid

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Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell had a combined 104 yards on 14 carries, which is pretty darn good. Powell also added a touchdown on the ground and even quarterback Geno Smith had a rushing touchdown and 20 yards rushing. The run game was the best part of the Jets' offense against the Bengals and their strong performance should be a good sign of things to come in the future.

3. New York Jets' Secondary Remains A Big Question Mark

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3. New York Jets' Secondary Remains A Big Question Mark

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The Jets first team secondary did not have a strong showing against the Bengals. The team was down 14-3 by the end of the first quarter and it wasn't until the second half that the Jets secondary seemed comfortable. Kyle Wilson was beat over-the-top for a 43-yard touchdown and A.J. Green looked to have his way against the Jets' corners. Antonio Allen wasn't bad, but he has a long way to go in order to be a No. 1 corner.

2. Penalties, Penalties and More Penalties

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2. Penalties, Penalties and More Penalties

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The New York Jets had nine penalties in their Week 1 preseason which wasn't very good, and in Week 2 they were even worse. By the end of the first half, the Jets had eight penalties and Willie Colon had a few of those yellow flags to his name. All of the penalties in the first half came on offense, so it didn't do starting QB Geno Smith any favors. Discipline is key in the NFL and the Jets must get better in that area.

1. Andy Dalton Outshone Everyone On The Field

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1. Andy Dalton Outshone Everyone On The Field

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Dalton played at a Pro Bowl level on Saturday night against the Jets. The Jets' pass defense wasn't very good, but Dalton was nasty. He finished 8 of 8 passing with 144 yards and a touchdown. I'm afraid to see the kind of numbers that he would've put up if he played out the rest of the game. There were a lot of positives for the Jets in their Week 2 win, but Dalton's numbers should be motivation for improvement next week.


Vinny Lanni is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.