The Cincinnati Bengals get a taste of pass happy Brett Favre and the Jets this weekend when they make their second trip to the Meadowlands in New Jersey for a 1pm matchup on Sunday. Cincy again played hard vs the Cowboys on Sunday in Dallas, but their defense allowed a late score, and big fumble by Chris Perry stopped some second half momentum that could have pushed them towards their first win of the year.
As for the Jets, they have been up and down since the start of the year. After an opening day win over the Dolphins, the team dropped two straight, but came out firing two weeks ago vs the Cardinals, and by the time it was over put up 56 points. While they probably won’t do that again this week, they should be able to move the ball on the Bengals.
The Bengals have allowed 338.6 yards per game, 171 rushing and 167 passing, meaning they could be looking at a steady dose of Thomas Jones in order to open up Farve’s passing game. The Jets have looked to be balanced on offense, but also have gotten into throwing more and more as Favre has gotten more and more relaxed with the offense.
Jones has rushed for just 254 yards in four games (63.5 yards per game), but at the same time, he is a power rusher that should have a good game vs the Bengals. Cincy knows their run D is not strong, so they will expect to see the Jets come out with the run, then move to the pass if they can find easy yards on the ground.
Carson Palmer gutted it out last week with a sore elbow, and was able to keep the team in the game with two TD passes. The Jets are the 20th ranked D in the league, allowing 265 yards in the air, so look for Palmer and the Bengals to do what they do best on offense – throw, and throw a lot. The have yet to run much anyway in 08, so throwing often is going to be their key to getting a win.
The Jets have had a week to relax and watch tape, and I am sure they watched the Cowboys outing last week and will try to mix it up and attack the Bengals. Look for a high scoring affair with plenty of throwing from Palmer, but in the end, the Jets will get enough from Jones and Favre, and the Bengals as usual will find a way to make enough mistakes to lose their 6th game of the 08 season.