The New York Jets visit the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in Week 8, coming off of a big win over New England last week. The Bengals got a victory in week 7 as well, and will look to keep that momentum going. This one kicks off in the later wave of games in the afternoon, set for 4:05 pm ET with coverage on CBS.
Sun., Oct. 27th, 2013 @ 4:05pm ET
Paul Brown Stadium, Cin. OH
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Bengals by 6.5 ~ 41 o/u @ BetOnline
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The Jets defeated the Patriots in overtime 30-27 to move to 4-3 on the season. Outside of perhaps the Chiefs, New York has certainly been one of the biggest surprises on the season so far. The Jets are just one game behind New England for the AFC East lead. This is a very big game for New York to try an keep pace or even tie the Patriots atop the standings.
Cincinnati has won three-straight games and sits at 5-2 on the season on top of the AFC North standings. The Bengals have wins over the Patriots, Bills, and Lions over that stretch. After the bad 17-6 loss to Cleveland in Week 4, Cincinnati seems to have turned a corner and played like the AFC contender that many thought they would be.
Against the pesky Jets though, the Bengals will have to be on guard. They will be favored in the game at home, but New York has won in a tough environment in Atlanta already this season.
The Jets defense ranks 2nd against the run, but it will be in the passing game where they will probably be tested. New York will have to figure out a way to slow down receiver A.J. Green, who is one of the best in the NFL. Green had a big game last week for Cincinnati, amassing 155 yards receiving, highlighted by an 82-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.
For Cincinnati, it will be about pressuring rookie quarterback Geno Smith. The Bengals are a balanced defense, ranking 13th against the pass and 8th against the run. They will need to get after Smith and rattle him into making mistakes early.