Most of the time, though, Cincinnati kept them out - and it was the difference in the Bengals' 23-22 victory in the season opener Sunday.
"We've got to score touchdowns," Fitzpatrick said. "We got down there plenty. Credit the Bengals. They've got a good red-zone defense."
"We were just sloppy down there," Marshall said of the Jets' red-zone struggles. "Poor execution. It's something we pride ourselves on. Didn't get it done. ... That was the poorest execution I've ever seen on our side in the red zone since I've been here."
"I take it on my shoulders," Folk said. "I feel like I let the team down. If we make the extra point and the field goal, they need a touchdown at the end."
The fourth quarter, however, was where the game really turned.
Trailing 20-16, New York went to the ground game in a big way, running the ball nine times in 10 plays to get down to the 2. But on third-and-goal, Fitzpatrick misfired to Decker - and the Jets had to settle for a 20-yard field goal by Folk.
"Anytime you can get a win on the road, you've got to take these games," said Dalton, who was sacked a career-high seven times. "This one was big. At the end, we needed to make a play. It was a great team effort by everybody."
The Jets still had an opportunity to drive for a winning score after Nugent's kick, but things got off to a bad start when Marshall dropped a deep pass over the middle.
"I'm just happy," Lewis said. "We kept pounding today and that's what we've got to do. That's the thing all season: Just pound together and break through, and today, the breakthrough came late in the game and the defense had a big stop there at the end."
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