The New York Jets are coming off the third biggest victory in Rex Ryan’s tenure, as Rex finally got the proverbial monkey off his back with a win over the Patriots. The victory was extra sweet because it brought the New York Jets within one game of the Patriots for the AFC East lead. Now, the 4-3 Jets travel to Cincinnati to take on the AFC North leading Bengals. Let’s get to know this week’s opponent for Gang Green.
Week : Cincinnati Bengals, 5-2 last week: win at Detroit (27-24)
2013 Offensive Rankings: 22nd in Points Per game (21.1 ppg), 12th in total yards (365 per game), 9th in passing yards (262.2), 21st in passing attempts (35.5 per game), 12th in passing touchdowns (11), 19th in interceptions thrown (6), 9th in yards gained per attempt (7.0), 18th in rushing yards (102.7 per game), 12th in rushing attempts (28.1 per game), 13th in rushing touchdowns (5), 23rd in yards per carry (3.6), 25 of their 82 drives have ended with a score (31.7%), 11 of their 82 drives have ended in a turnover (14.6%), average 5.7 plays and two minutes and 44 seconds per drive.
Overview: Andy Dalton leads the Cincinnati Bengals offensive attack, which is one of the most talented units in the NFL on paper. The 4th year signal caller is completing 65.9% of his passes (7th in the league) for 1924 yards (6th in the league), and his 93.9 Quarterback Rating is the 11th highest in the league. He is coming off a 372 yard game vs the Lions last week. Dalton’s weapons include a top 5 Wide Receiver in AJ Green (43 REC, 619 YDS, 5 TDs) and tight ends Jermaine Gresham (28 REC, 274 yards) and Tyler EIfert (22 REC, 270 YDS, 1 TD). The Bengals have a two pronged rushing attack with former Patriot Benjarvus Green Ellis and rookie Giovani Bernard. The Law Firm is averaging 3.2 yards per carry, but has found the end zone 3 times. However, he is coming off of a 10 carry, 24 yard game. Giovani Bernard, the rookie out of North Carolina, has fared better running the ball as he is averaging 3.9 yards a carry and has chipped in 25 catches for 233 yards (although, he is also coming off a poor game against Detroit). The offensive line isn’t getting much push in the running game and they have allowed Andy Dalton to be sacked 15 times through 7 games.
Running Back Giovani Bernard
Tight End Tyler Eifert
Running Back Brian Leonard
Guard Travelle Wharton
Running Back Bernanrd Scott
Wide Receiver Marvin Jones (Questionable)
2013 Defensive Rankings: 7th in points allowed (19.2 per game), 9th in yards allowed (334.2 per game), 13th in passing defense (236.4 per game), 17th in passing touchdowns allowed (11), 6th in rushing defense (97.8 per game), 15th in yards per carry allowed (3.8), 8th in rushing touchdowns allowed (3), and 22nd in turnovers forced (10).
Overview: The strength of the Bengals is their defensive line, led by defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Domata Peko have combined for 10.5 of the team’s 18 sacks. The Bengals did not sack Matt Stafford at all last week. Their leading tackler is linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who has 49 tackles, 1 INT, 3 passes defended, and a fumble recovery. A key contributor is Wallace Gilberry, who has 3 sacks. The defense has 5 INTs, but they have forced 6 fumbles. They allowed 77 yards rushing last year, but did allow 377 yards in the air as Matt Stafford had a great game against their secondary.
DE Margus Hunt
LB James Harrison
DT Pat Sims
DE Jamaal Anderson
LB Thomas Howard
LB Manny Lawson
CB Nate Clements
Cornerback Leon Hall (IR)
Defensive End Robert Geathers (Questionable)
Cornerback Terrence Newman (Questionable)
Linebacker Rey Maualuga (Questionable)
Brandon tate is the team’s primary kick returner and he is averaging 24.6 yards per return. Tate and Adam “Pacman” Jones share punt returning duties, with Tate averaging 9.6 yards a return and Jones averaging 6.7. Former New York Jet Mike Nugent is the Bengals kicker. He is 10-13 on field goals and 16-17 on extra points on the season, while Bengals punter Kevin Huber is averaging 44.7 yards per punt.
The Jets lead the matchup series 15-7 and have won the last 4 matchups. Rex Ryan is 3-0 against the Bengals and Marvin Lewis in his career, with the combined score of those 3 match ups being 87-24.