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Chiefs, Jets or Steelers: Who do the Bengals want?

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Dec 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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oDec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) and New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrate Marshall
oDec 27, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) and New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrate Marshall /

2. New York Jets

Record: 10-5

Net points: 78

Away: 4-3

AFC: 7-4

Streak: 5W

The Jets, like the Chiefs, are on fire. New York has won five straight games, including a huge upset over the Patriots. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been magical with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker out wide, but the two receivers have been even more impressive than their quarterback, hauling in an insane 24 combined touchdowns. Chris Ivory has also been great; he’s rushed for nearly 1,000 yards on the season, scoring eight times (seven rushing, one receiving).

Led by Darrelle Revis and Muhammed Wilkerson, Todd Bowles’ ultra-aggressive defense has been impressive. The Jets rank among the top 10 in total and scoring defense and have forced an outstanding 29 turnovers.

The Jets might not seem as easy opponent as the Chiefs–and odds are, they’re the tougher opponent. That being said, they’re a beatable team. While Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell have come up big in moments, New York has struggled to consistently move the ball through the rushing attack. That could be bad news for the Jets, as the Bengals have stonewalled opposing rushing attacks all season long.

If the Jets can’t establish the run, Cincinnati’s front seven will focus on rushing the passer and its secondary will focus on ballhawking. Cincinnati has one of the league’s best pass rushes, and its secondary has been equally impressive intercepting passes.

In these teams’ most recent tilt, taking place in 2013, Marvin Jones fleeced the Jets’ defense to the tune of four touchdowns in a 49-9 beatdown. This season’s Jets defense is much better than that of the 2013 squad, but this year’s Bengals team is better than the 2013 version as well.

Ultimately, a matchup between the Bengals and Jets would be an intriguing matchup, but I would favor the Bengals. Cincinnati’s offense is better than New York’s offense, and the Bengals defense is better than the Jets D–although the two teams are pretty close on both sides of the ball.

Next: 3. Pittsburgh Steelers

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