In this installment of “Know Your Opponent,” Michael Meegan previews today’s Jets-Bengals game.
The Jets have struggled to be watchable and now we have to watch Mike Fucking White play QB. Pain.Coaching: Zac Taylor was pegged by many to be a front runner for first coach fired but the Bengals are currently the best team in the AFC and Joe Burrow coming off knee surgery looks as good as ever. DC Lou Anarumo has done a great job with a defense that does not have any stars. They play well every week and should continue against the woeful Jets offense.
Personnel: Joe Burrow to Ja’marr Chase has been as dominant in the NFL as it was as LSU. They also have a two very good WRs in Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. It’s gonna be a long day for the young Jets corners and if they can stymy this WR core it will say a lot about this young secondary. Also Joe Mixon is an excellent RB and the Bengals OL has been better then expected.
The Bengals defense has been rock solid this year. Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates have a very strong case as the best safety duo in football. Logan Wilson makes big plays week after week at LB. Trey Hendrickson and DJ Reader have caused havoc on the DLine.
Matchup: Sam Darnold stinks and the Jets were 0-11 in the games he missed over the past 3 years. Mike White ain’t bucking that trend. Je’Marr Chase should continue his dominance and the Bengals offense should have no trouble moving the ball up and down the field.
Potential Weaknesses: The Bengals OL isn’t a strength but it’s been better than expected. You’d hope the Jets DL could take advantage and reck this game but Joe Burrow gets the ball out quick and that DL has struggled to stop the run this year.Prediction: The Jets are gonna get curb stomped by Cincy . If they get to 10 points I’ll be shocked. Give Mims and Moore all the targets possible. Bengals 34 Jets 9.