Quick hits: Whit was thinking Baltimore; Hunt and Shaw get firsts; A.J's Hall shot

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E. RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Down 22-20 and on their own 16 with 3:18 left in Sunday's NFL opner at MetLife Stadium, Bengals Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth thought one thing.

"Baltimore the last couple of years," said Whitworth of the late wins against the Ravens.

And the same guy that did in the Ravens did in the Jets with wide receiver A.J. Green going off for 180 yards, the last 11 setting up Mike Nugent's 47-yard fielfd goial with 54 seconds left to win it.

"No apologies," Whitworth said. "It's a win on the road 9/11 in New York. We knew we were walking into a firestorm of emotion and we said it all week. It twas going to be a tough  AFC North battle and it was." …

After strafing the great Darrelle Revis, Green was quite gracious.

"Revis is a first ballot Hall of Famer. It's just an honor going against him," Green said.

Asked if he's a first ballot Hall-of-Famer, Green said, "I hope so." ....

So the Bengals' first win ever in New Jersey matches the first win ever in Oakland in last year's opener. Leave it to Nugent, a second-round draft pick of the Jets in 2005, to make the kick. And kicking mattered in a 23-22 win Jets kicker Nick Folk missed his first career PAT and had a chip-shot field goal blocked ...

But maybe the biggest play was a 49-yard sideline bomb to wide receiver Brandon LaFell on third-and-18, trailing 16-13, to set up the TD that made it 20-16 in the middle of the third quarter …

Dalton went up to Nugent before the last drive and told him he was going to win it. He also took the blame for Nugent having to try a 52-yarder moments before that missed. He threw a low ball that Green nearly plucked off the turf, the only one of 13 targets Green didn't catch…

The play of the game turned out to be defensive end Margus Hunt's first blocked NFL kick back in the first quarter that prevented the Jets going up 10-0. He knocked down Nick Folk's 22-yarder.

"It's about time," said Hunt, who had 17 blocks in college. "Carlos (Dunlap) and I got good push up the middle. Thankfully it was a relatively low kick and it came in at the last minute. It's all timing and we've been working on timing for a couple of years. Finally it happened today." ….

Hunt got a lot of time in the nickel package inside at tackle because the Jets were mostly multi wide receivers the whole game. That meant cornerbacks Josh Shaw and Chris Lewis-Harris were rotating in the slot and Shaw came up with his first NFL pick to end it after Nugent's field goal.

"We worked against that route all week," said Shaw of the corner route. "And we didn't see it until the last play."

Cincinnati Bengals take on the New York Jets in week 1 of the regular season 9/11/2016

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