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Third quarter: Quick thoughts

The Jets led after the third quarter, 20-7. Analysis:

• Once again, rookie QB Greg McElroy showed an ability to move the offense. On his second series, the seventh-round pick from Alabama put together a seven-play, 51-yard drive, setting up a field goal. He found his go-to guy, TE Jeff Cumberland, for two big plays -- 26 and 17 yards. (Cumberland later had a drop.) With Mark Brunell nursing a pulled calf, McElroy received extended playing time for the second straight week and he didn't make the kind a mistakes you'd expect from a rookie.

• It was an uneven night for PK Nick Folk. After missing a 43-yard FG attempt early in the game, Folk came back in impressive fashion, nailing a 50-yarder -- no easy task in the wet conditions. But he followed that up by booting the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, giving the Bengals great field position at the 40. This keeps up and Folk could be pushed by Nick Novak (30 FG).

• The defense continued its opportunistic ways, with backup LB Brashton Satele intercepting a badly thrown ball by backup QB Bruce Gradkowski. Satele returned it 32 yards to the Bengals' 1. It was the third takeaway by the Jets. What does it all mean? Probably not a whole lot, but for a defense that had only 12 interceptions last season, it has to be a confidence builder.