A closer look at why the New York Jets have a good chance to score a week 1 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals…
Suspensions, Injuries, and Personnel
Jets: The Jets are going to be headed into this game with only one player being removed for suspension in Sheldon Richardson. They should be able to cover their losses with their new additions on with Jarvis Jenkins and Steve McLendon. Do not think that Todd Bowles is not going into this game with some creative packages to cover for their loss of Richardson. When he was suspended last year for the first four games the Jets started 3-1.
Bengals: Vontaze Burfict is going to be missing the game per a suspension which is going to be huge for the Jets offense. Insert Matt Forte. Burfict is a huge play maker on that defense and one of the team’s overall leaders. Vontaze is a threat at all levels. He can get to your quarterback, terrorize your short passing routes, and put a beating on your running backs. The defense struggles when he is not on the field, so an entire game without him could be detrimental to that D. Tyler Eifert is also going to be missing this game because of injury. This is a huge blow as Eifert is an important player on that offense and a crucial red zone target. With the departure of Mohamed Sanu to the Falcons, AJ Green and Jeremy Hill are going to be the focus of the defense.
Dating back to 2008 the Jets are 7-1 on opening day. The Bengals are 3-5 in season openers since then. The Jets are 15-7 all-time against the Bengals. They are 9-2 in the past 11 match-ups. The last game between the two was when they were routed 49-9 in 2013 with a pitiful secondary.
The Jets secondary will have their main focus on Green, but he will still get 50-70 yards with nothing game changing. It’s hard not to like our WR matchups between an aging Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick. Between the secondary having to worry about the Jets duo, I believe Forte is going to thrive running the ball and you are going to see him with big gains in the passing game as well. The Bengals had trouble stopping the check downs last season. In the playoffs, they allowed Fitzgerald Toussaint 60 yards in the air with Burfict in the game.
Final score: Jets 23 Bengals 17. Forte racks up 160 all purpose yards, Bilal Powell gets in for a score, and Brandon Marshall starts the season off right with a 100+ yard day.
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