Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets
In week one, the Bengals travel to the Big Apple to play the New York Jets. Last season, the Jets had a surprisingly good year. They managed 10-6 and just missed the playoffs, in Todd Bowles first year as head coach. The Jets have always boasted a top defense, but it’s the offense that has always been its demise.
The Jets haven’t had a really good quarterback in a very long time. Yet, they have shown they can win without one in past seasons. Just look at the history: Chad Pennington, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith and now Ryan Fitzpatrick. None of these quarterbacks jump off the page. Prior to last year, Fitzpatrick had never boasted a winning season in his 12 years as a pro. With that said, Fitzpatrick is the best option for the Jets. Now that he just signed a 1 year 12 million dollar deal, we’ll definitely be seeing him.
The Jets also lost Chris Ivory to the Jaguars in free agency. Ivory is perhaps one of the best running backs in the league. The Bengals can certainly thank him for going to JAX for this season. To replace him, the Jets brought in Matt Forte. I personally think Forte is headed to the Hall of Fame. But, at 30 years old, his best days may be behind him.
This is going to be a battle. The Bengals offense will of course be in a tight matchup, with the Jets D, but the Jets offense will be unable to move against the Bengals D.
Prediction: Bengals Win Big
Next: The Game