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What to Look For: Cincinnati Bengals vs New York Jets

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Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (93) lines up for a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. The Steelers won the game 19-6. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

When the Bengals Run the Ball:

Running against the Jets is not going to be easy, but will be necessary to keep the defense honest. The Jets possess the #2 run defense in the league (giving up just 77.7 ypg) and the Bengals have a below average running attack (18th – 102.7 ypg).

Look for the Bengals to substitute some screens and swing passes in place of the traditional run game. The Bengals have struggled moving the ball on the ground against far less opponents this year, and I expect the same today.

Advantage: Jets

When the Bengals Throw the Ball:

The Jets have a top 10 defense against the pass as well (10th) and are 3rd in the league with 24 sacks, so throwing against this defense isn’t going to be much easier than running. However, despite their lofty rankings, the Jets are tied for last with just 2 INTs and the Bengals receivers are much more talented than the guys that will be covering them.

Look for the Bengals to utilize a lot of 2 TE sets to not only neutralize the Jets pass rush, but also to create mismatches getting their TEs on a LB. Because of the 2 TEs, I like the Bengals in this matchup.

Advantage: Bengals

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