Thanksgiving Night Showdown: Will Mark Sanchez and the Jets Extend Their Streak?

Chris Faig@@ULuminaryCorrespondent INovember 25, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets celebrates a 28-14 win against the New England Patriots on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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On this Thanksgiving day, the NFL has given us three exciting games to watch and enjoy.  In tonight's matchup, the Cincinnati Bengals will travel to New York to take on the red hot Jets.

The Bengals have now lost seven games in a row, and will be looking to end the Jets' three game winning streak on Thanksgiving Night.  Cincinnati has a ton of weapons on offense, in Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens, but just can't seem to get the job done.  

Their incredibly tough schedule has not helped much, going up against some of the NFL's best teams such as the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. Cincinnati's season will not get much easier with meeting the streaky New York Jets on the road.

Coming off of three consecutive close wins, two in overtime, the Jets have proven that they can deliver in the most clutch moments of a football game.  In Week 12 against the Bengals, Gang Green cannot afford to keep the game close because of how dangerous Cincinnati can be on offense.  Mark Sanchez must take control of this contest early and never look back.  In his last three performances Sanchez has been playing well, but not as dominant as in Weeks 2 and 3.  

In Week 2 against the Patriots, Sanchez threw for 220 yards, three touchdowns and a 124.3 QB Rating.  Then in Week 3 going head-to-head with the Dolphins, Mark threw from 256 yards, three touchdowns, and a 120.5 QB Rating.  Sanchez and the Jets will have to have an offensive performance like those against the Bengals if they want to come away with a win on Thanksgiving.

The Bengals are a dangerous team that has suffered pretty badly this season, with a 2-8 record, due to one of the more difficult schedules in the National Football League.  If the Jets take Cincinnati lightly, looking ahead to their Monday Night matchup against their AFC East rival New England Patriots, then Gang Green just may lose this game.  But not likely.  The Bengals has continually struggled to win close football games, while the Jets have almost made it a habit.

Keep an eye on the battle between Darrelle Revis and Terrell Owens, who have been exchanging competitive words recently.  The performances of Revis and Owens will determine the outcome of this game.  However, expect Owens to take another trip to Revis Island, with Darrelle shutting down TO throughout the entire game.  


Prediction- Cincinnati Bengals 16 - New York Jets 30