Saturday, January 9, 2010

AFC Wildcard Jets @ Bengals Preview

The New York Jets destroyed the Cincinnati Bengals last week 37-0 to get into the playoffs. I know the Bengals had nothing to play for and sat some of their starters, but the Jets hammered them. The Bengals must be concerned the Jets were able to run for 257 yards on the ground. The Jets managed to score 37 points with Mark Sanchez only completing 8 passes. Look for the Jets to try and reapply this formula today.

This game should be a tightly contested, hard hitting, slugfest. The Jets are first in most defensive categories and the Bengals were 4th in yards allowed and 6th in points against. In addition this game will be outdoors with the temperature around 25 at the start of the game.

As I have pointed out a few times on my Power Rankings I have been very concerned about the Bengals offense the second half of the season espaecially the play of Carson Palmer. The Bengals have an elite QB but have him playing a very safe style like a Kyle Orton. Carson has thrown for over 225 yards only once in his last 9 games. That coincides with Chad Ochocinco only having one 100+ yard game in his last 9 games as well. I think the Bengals are going to have a very hard time moving the ball today.

I think the Jets will just ask Mark Sanchez to manage the game. THe Jets will want to play a turnover free game and if they can they will win. Sanchez had 20 interceptions during the season and the Jets can't afford for him to make mistakes. The Jets will run the rock, run it some more and punt whenever they need to.

Overall I believe the Jets secondary will just be too much for the Bengals to handle. The Jets are playing with an attitude of a tough nosed bulldog. Darrelle Revis and Lito Sheppard will absolutely shutdown the Bengals passing game turning this into a Thomas Jones vs. Cedric Benson battle. Overall this game is very even I just think the Jets will continue to win with ball control and outstanding defense. The Jets have not allowed more that 15 point in their last six contests. Rex Ryan is going to have his team mentally ready for war today.

Prediction New York Jets 16 - Cincinnati 13

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