Cincinnati will try to avoid an 0-2 start when it travels to New York for a meeting with the Jets on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals opened the season with an upset loss to Pittsburgh and followed it up with a 20-17 loss to Dallas last week. New York scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of its game in Cleveland last week, pulling off a stunning upset.
Bengals desperate to turn things aroundCincinnati might have made a run to the Super Bowl last year, but that is something that the Bengals have to put in the rearview mirror at this point. They suffered a frustrating overtime loss to Pittsburgh in Week 1, blowing multiple chances to win the game. Cincinnati was unable to turn things around in Dallas last week, as the Cowboys backup quarterback did enough to pick up a 20-17 win. The Bengals tried to address their offensive line issues in the offseason, but those issues have been a problem again so far this season. Quarterback Joe Burrow has been under pressure in both losses, getting sacked seven times by Cincinnati and six times by Dallas.
Preppin' for Week 3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/wMIqSKsHQ1— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 22, 2022
The Bengals are trying to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2019, when it opened 0-11 in Zac Taylor’s first year as head coach. They trailed by two touchdowns in both of their games this season before mounting comebacks. Burrow was the most-sacked quarterback in the league last year, and nothing has changed this season. He is facing a New York defense that has 24 quarterback pressures, nine quarterback hits and three sacks this season. Burrow has completed 64.0% of his passes for 537 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Running back Joe Mixon is off to a slow start, averaging just 3.0 yards per carry on 46 attempts.
Jets coming off miraculous winNew York got off to a slow start this season in a 24-9 loss to Baltimore, despite putting up better stats in several categories. The Jets appeared well on their way to an 0-2 mark last week, trailing Cleveland 30-17 with two minutes remaining. Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco led a quick touchdown drive and got another opportunity when the Jets recovered an onside kick. He took advantage of that chance, leading another scoring drive to stun Cleveland in front of its home crowd. Flacco has thrown for 300-plus yards in both of his games this season, providing a spark to an offense that struggled last year.
They'll be hungry.— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 22, 2022
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He enters Week 3 ranked third in the NFL in passing yards and leading the league in completions and attempts. The Jets have gained the sixth-most yards in the NFL, and they are one off the lead in first downs (34). Their defense has applied pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but they also gave up 184 rushing yards to Nick Chubb last weekend. New York has gone 0-11 straight up and against the spread in its last 11 games against teams with losing records, so it will be looking to snap that skid this week. Jets rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson had eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns last week, including a 15-yarder with 22 seconds left to win the game. He has racked up 154 receiving yards through two weeks, ranking second among rookies to Atlanta’s Drake London.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Cincinnati enters this game with a ton of pressure after failing to meet expectations in its first two games. The Bengals are facing a New York team that feels as if it is playing with house money following its improbable win in Cleveland last week. I would also make the argument that New York’s final score to Baltimore in Week 1 was deceiving, as the Jets were unable to turn big numbers into points. They have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Cincinnati, including a victory last season. New York has covered the spread in four of its last six games and is poised to cover again on Sunday.
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Cincinnati’s run of going under the total was extended to seven games last week, and the Bengals have now gone under in five straight road games. They have not been able to get the offense going this season due to poor offensive line play, which has led to a ton of sacks and a low average from the running backs. New York’s defensive line has been getting pressure so far this season, so I do not see much changing on Sunday. The Jets have not been a high-scoring team, despite solid numbers from Flacco.