Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio-
New York Jets (4-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-2), Sunday 4:05 PM CBS
The Series History: Jets lead 17-7 counting the two playoffs games. Jets Head Coach is 3-0 against the Bengals. The Bengals have not won a game against the Jets since 2007.
October 21, 2007: Bengals Running Back Kenny Watson had a 130 yard day. The Bengals 38 Jets 31 and the two quarterbacks were Bengals Carson Palmer and Jets Chad Pennington.
Jets Out- WR Santonio Holmes hamstring/did not practice, out
Questionble- C Nick Mangold, ribs/limited
WR Greg Salas, knee/limited
Bengals Out CB Cornerback Leon Hall Out, put on the IR. DT Devon Still. elbow
Questionable-RB Rex Burkhead, calf/limited
The Bengals have a great front seven, and this will be the Jets’ biggest test as far as the trench battle. They are ranked No. 9 overall, No. 8 defending the run, and No. 13 defending the pass. The Bengals key additions this year are DE Margus Hunt and LB James Harrison.
The Lions QB Matthew Stafford instituted a 357 yards passing day against the Bengals secondary. The Bengals suffered a big blow with the loss of CB Leon Hall.
DE Geno Atkins is the leader of the Bengals defensive line, which is the strength of the defense. Atkins teammates Carlos Dunlap and Domata Peko provide the pass rush. The Jets need to protect Geno Smith like the Lions protected Stafford, who allowed no sacks last week.
Bengals linebackers: Vontaze Burfict,Rey Maualuga, and James Harrison. Bengals secondary Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Terrance Newman, Reggie Nelson, and Taylor Mays.
The Jets need good field position to help out their rookie quarterback. The best way to establish good field position is through special teams/ the return game. Josh Cribbs can make a vital impact on the game with a big performance on returns.
The Jets offensive line will be challenge in their battle against a great front seven. They will have to protect Geno Smith and win the battle in the trenches. This will be Smith and his offensive line’s toughest pass rush of the season.
This game should be like practice for Smith and the offense line.The Jets defense is just like the Bengals defense. The experience they get in practice may help with dealing with this pass rush.
QB Geno Smith is growing up with each game. He is going to have to play a good game, work the Bengals secondary and protect the ball. Geno has shown he has a big arm and can throw the deep ball on target.
The Jets running backs are changing as they use a different one week by week. Chris Ivory carried most of the load last week. Bilal Powell is used in protection, passing, and running. Powell might get more time on the field this week. They will need Powell to pick up the blitz and help in protection.
The Jets passing game is being led by Jeremy Kerley. He was impressive with six third down catches. They will need Stephan Hill to spread the field. David Nelson is also starting to become part of the passing.
Prediction: Jets 30 Bengals 23