3 reasons why the Bengals will dismantle the Jets in Week 8
By Riley Thomas
Jets have problems at QB, which should allow Bengals’ defense to feast
The Jets drafted BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the second pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Wilson started the year off poorly but started to show steady improvement. Unfortunately, Wilson went down last week with a sprained PCL in his knee and will now miss some time.
New York will start Mike White at quarterback, a former fifth-round pick out of Western Kentucky in the 2018 NFL Draft.
White started his career with the Dallas Cowboys but was cut quickly. He has very little in-game experience and could definitely struggle against Cincy’s imposing defense.
Interestingly, the Jets acquired Joe Flacco from the Eagles via trade only a few days ago. I was not even aware Flacco was still in the league, as he has obviously declined quite a bit since his departure from Baltimore. Rather than start Flacco, the Jets are going with White, which makes the most sense due to Flacco just getting to New York.
Whether it was White or Flacco starting, the Jets have a problem at the most important position in the sport. Neither one is going to light up the NFL and dominate, and if they do, it would be a shocker. Poor quarterback play with Cincinnati’s vicious defense coming into town is not favorable by any stretch.
The Bengals defense did just limit Lamar Jackson and very few teams have since been able to do so since Jackson took the league by storm. Furthermore, the defense ranks fifth allowing little over 18 points per game and tenth in yardage allowed per game. Also, the Bengals defense is sixth holding opposing passing attacks to a passer rating of only 84.8.
To make matters even worse for New York, Cincy’s rush defense is formidable as well holding teams to 94 yards per contest. The Jets’ rushing offense is last in the NFL by a wide margin at 72 yards per game. The Bengals should have no problem limiting New York’s rushing attack which is only going to put more on the shoulders of the Jets’ backup QB White.
Even when the rookie Wilson started at quarterback, New York’s offense was already struggling as they also rank dead-last in points per game at barely over 13 points. The stripes absolutely should and probably will swarm the Jets making it extremely difficult to move the ball.
The Bengals’ defense could have another huge game proving yet again they are a borderline top-five defense in the NFL.