The game will ultimately come down to the battles in the trenches for both teams. The Bengals’ offensive line is regarded as one of the top in the league, but the Jets D-line will pose a serious threat to the men guarding Dalton. New York’s line boasts three of the top defensive linemen in the NFL and they are always hungry to get after the quarterback.
However, the Bengals defensive line has the same hunger. Geno Atkins, Michael Johnson, Carlos Dunlap, and Domata Peko are one of the NFL’s best four-man fronts, and each can help spear-head a potent rush attack in any given game.
Here’s three reasons why the Bengals will win:
1. As both defensive lines are very solid, the running game will likely struggle to get going for both teams. Thus, the game may come down to Andy Dalton vs. Geno Smith, and who has more time in the pocket. If it comes down to ability to throw, I like Dalton in the matchup.
2. Marvin Jones is catching fire for the Bengals after posting four key catches last week against the Lions. At least two of the catches were third down conversions and another was a highlight touchdown catch.
Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (85) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (56) during the second quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
3. The Jets have had trouble defending the middle of the field, and the Bengals have two tight ends that can cause a lot of damage, if given the chance. Looking at the receivers and cornerbacks, Cromartie has been battling injuries this season but will still likely be given the assignment to cover A.J. Green. If Green can expose Cromartie’s weakness in that respect, the Jets secondary could be in for a long day.