The Cincinnati Bengals will head to New York to take on the Jets on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
The Cincinnati Bengals look to make it three straight season opening wins in New York on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals will head into New York/New Jersey area to take on a Jets team they haven’t beaten on the road since 1981.
The Bengals will be without Tyler Eifert and Darqueze Dennard when they face the Jets. However, they will get Tyler Kroft, Jake Fisher, and Cedric Ogbuehi all back after missing some preseason time. All of whom will be key in offensive situations and needed for Andy Dalton.
The New York Jets will be without third round pick Jordan Jenkins due to injury and Sheldon Richardson for suspension. Richardson is the most important player of the two, being the starting defensive end.
The Bengals defense will be lining up across from Ryan Fitzpatrick who only just re-signed at the beginning of training camp. Fitzpatrick had a good 2015 campaign but a late loss to the Buffalo Bills pushed them out of the playoffs, allowing the Pittsburgh Steelers to sneak in.
The offense of the Bengals is led by veteran quarterback, Andy Dalton. He has all of his new and old weapons available, except Tyler Eifert. Dalton, who hasn’t played a regular season game since December 13th against the season, is coming off his best season in his NFL career.
The Bengals are also coming off one of their best season starts in 2015, going 8-0. They will look to repeat their success and take another AFC North crown, but it all starts Sunday.
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The Bengals offensive line plays a huge factor in this match up. First, they must protect Andy Dalton and give time for the plays to develop and for receivers to become available. Second, they must give Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard a running chance. The Jets were solid against the run last season.
The Bengals defensive line must stop Ryan Fitzpatrick. The secondary is missing William Jackson III and Darqueze Dennard is doubtful, so the pass defense will rely on pressure. The linebackers will be responsible for Matt Forte and Bilal Powell running the ball. The most important of all is the Bengals winning the turnover battle.
The Bengals and Jets kick off at 1p.m. on Sunday and expect both teams to come ready to play.