The Cincinnati Bengals are set to travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets. The Jets are coming into the game with a 1-1 record while the Bengals are still winless at 0-2. Last week, the Jets put together a very impressive comeback against the Cleveland Browns. On the flip side, the Bengals looked lost last week against the Dallas Cowboys. They lost the game by a final score of 20-17. If the Bengals continue to play the way they have thus far this season, this may be a very close game, however, if they are able to get it together and play like they did last season, they should be able to notch their first win of the year.
Cincinnati Bengals Look to Get Over Super Bowl Hangover and Get Season Back On Track
The Cincinnati Bengals have not looked the same since they lost in the Super Bowl last year against the Los Angeles Rams. Since then, they have been upset by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. Last week, they played a Cowboys team that was missing quarterback Dak Prescott. Even without their star quarterback, the Cowboys were still able to take down the Bengals. Cincinnati is now at the bottom of their division after many thought they would win the AFC North coming into the year.
The offense needs to do a better job of protecting Joe Burrow. So far this season, Burrow has been fighting for his life in the pocket, and as a result of this, he has not been able to play at the elite level that he reached last year. Also, this has made life a lot harder for Joe Mixon. Along with the run blocking also being worse, the passing game would often open up the running game for Mixon last year.
Defensively, the Bengals have looked like a shell of the team that played last year. They have struggled really slowing anything down through their first two games of the year. This is a game that Cincinnati should be able to win as long as they can shake off the Super Bowl hangover and begin playing to the level they are capable of.
New York Jets Hope to Knock Off Second AFC North Opponent In a Row
The New York Jets had one of the biggest comebacks in recent franchise history last week against the Cleveland Browns. With less than three minutes left in the game, the Jets trailed by 13 points, however, they managed to score 14 points and win the game. They did this with backup quarterback Joe Flacco taking the starting spot while Zach Wilson is still sidelined with an injury.
With the Bengals playing as poorly as they have up to this point in the year, this week could be a perfect opportunity for Flacco and the Jets to come in and steal another game from an AFC North team.