Hot on the heels of last week’s last-second win, giving the New York Jets their first September victory since 2018, the Jets have another feat they could break through with today. With a win today against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Jets would top .500 for the first time since that September win in Week 1 of 2018.
Jets fans are thrilled after last week’s win and will make an impact in this one at MetLife Stadium. While the Bengals have a great quarterback, elite-level talent in a few positions on their roster and everything to play for, this should be a home game the Jets will win.
Preview of the Jets against the Bengals:
The Jets come into this one in excellent health. The players listed in Friday’s final injury report, Corey Davis, CJ Uzomah, George Fant, Quinnen Williams, John Franklin-Myers and Jordan Whitehead, are all expected to play.
Trench play will likely dictate how things end up playing out for the Jets. The Jets defensive line has a perfect chance to finally break out and dominate a game. In particular, the pass rush must show up early and throughout.
The Bengals offensive line suffered a lot. There’s no reason the Jets can’t have a big game with plenty of games against them.
The Bengals have a ton of talent. In particular, the two top players to note the Jets have to contain are Ja’Marr Chase and DJ Reader.
Chase is well known. With the Bengals’ offensive line woes, however, big plays for Chase were limited. The Jets need to continue to keep that aspect of their offense bottled up today, and that stems from the Jets generating a constant pass rush.
Then, with Reader, we return to the trench game highlighted above which will impact the finale of this one. He can be a force against the run and generate pressure. The Jets did a good job with Myles Garrett a week ago and need to do the same here with Reader.
Offensively, expect similar success to what this unit achieved in Week 2. Jets wide receivers will see men’s coverage and have big-play opportunities in this baseball game. In addition to slowing down Reader, the offensive line needs to help get the Jets’ inside running game started in this one. If the Jets can establish a solid game inside the floor, it increases their chances of winning.
Expect more Mike LaFleur gimmicks and stuff, like last week. The screen game, in particular, could help the Jets offense today.
Finally, a few players who could have big breakout games today are Elijah Moore, Breece Hall and former Bengals Carl Lawson and CJ Uzomah. The Moore and Hall velocity is well known. With chances, they have the ability to create explosives for this offense. This might be the first game where Uzomah is featured as a receiver. With Lawson, as mentioned, the pass rush is key to victory, and he’s set for a busy day.
As usual, turnover, third down, penalty, red zone and time of possession battles are key. The Jets can’t fight with mental errors. Like a week ago, special teams need to capitalize when opportunities to do so arise.
Ultimately, it’s a home game the Jets should win. The Jets offense should have at least 20 and possibly as many as 27 points. While it should be competitive, the Jets should win by possession, whether it’s a field goal or a touchdown.