Bengals vs. Jets

Mike RContributor IJanuary 4, 2010

Last Matchup: New York Jets      37
                       Cincinnati Bengals   0

New York Jets         Avg. 21.8 PPG     14.8 Points Against
Cincinnati Bengals    Avg.  19.1 PPG     18.2 Points Against

Bengals run offense vs. Jets run defense

The Bengals have the 9th rated run offense averaging 128.5 rushing yards per game. The Jets have the NFL's 8th rated run defense yielding just 3.8 YPC and 98.6 YPG. The Bengals will have to commit to running the ball to set up the pass. I expect a heavy dose of Cedric Benson and Larry Johnson Saturday afternoon.

Advantage: Bengals

Bengals pass offense vs. Jets pass defense

The Bengals are 26th in passing averaging just 181 yards per game. The Jets are number 1 in the NFL in pass defense giving up only 8 TD passes all season and only 154 yards per game. The Jets have the best corner in the game in Darrelle Revis and he will shut down Chad Ochocinco. The Bengals will find passing yards tough to come by all game

Advantage: Jets

Jets run offense vs. Bengals run defense

The Jets have the number 1 rushing offense in the NFL averaging 172.3 YPG. Thomas Jones has been a beast all season long and Shonn Greene is a solid backup. They lead the league in rushing attempts, yards and are second in touchowns with 22. The Bengals are 7th in the NFL in rushing defense giving up just 98.6 YPG.

Advantage: Even

Jets pass offense vs. Bengals pass defense

The Jets are 31st in the league in passing throwing for only 149 YPG. The Bengals have the 6th rated pass defense yielding 203 YPG. Mark Sanchez is a turnover machine when forced to throw the football. The Jets are just 3-7 in games in which Sanchez has had to throw the ball more then 20 times in a game.

Advantage: Bengals

My pick:

The Jets will see 8 men in the box all day as the Bengals will force Mark Sanchez to beat them with his arm. Sanchez will throw a few picks and the Jets won't have the same success as they did Sunday night running the football. Carson Palmer and the Bengals will do just enough for the Bengals to win a close one.

Bengals 20    Jets 16