By: Felix Addison
Kickoff: Sunday, October 31st, 1:00 pm EST at MetLife Stadium
The Cincinnati Bengals will travel to New York to take on the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Although the Jets will be at home, the Bengals are -9.5 favorites to win the game. The 1-5 Jets will be without starting QB Zach Wilson who sprained his PCL in a loss to the Patriots during Week 7. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, QB Joe Flacco has been acquired from the Eagles in exchange for a 6th round draft pick. Adam Schefter of ESPN says the 6th round pick will turn into a 5th round pick depending on Flacco’s playtime. The Bengals on the other hand have put together dominant performances in back-to-back weeks, with blowout wins against the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens.
KEY NUMBERS FOR THE BENGALS
The Cincinnati Bengals’ offense enter Sunday’s matchup with 2587 total yards (13th overall in the NFL), 1839 from the air, and 748 from the ground. They’ve scored on 39.5% of their drives totaling 189 points this season, good for 7th in the league. The Bengals offense has committed 9 turnovers this season. The defense has allowed 2379 total yards (10th overall), 1721 from the air, and 658 from the ground. Opposing teams have scored on 29.5% of their drives, totaling 128 points, ranking 5th in the league. The defense has notched 6 turnovers.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Joe Burrow- The QB has thrown 17 touchdowns against 8 interceptions. He has completed 68.9% of his passes and averages 279.4 yards per game and 13.5 yards per completion. His favorite target has been Ja’Marr Chase throughout the first seven games of the season. He’s thrown to the wideout 51 times with 35 completions. Currently, Joe Burrow’s QB rating is 108.9.
WR Ja’Marr Chase – The WR has scored 6 touchdowns and gained 754 yards receiving through the first seven games of the season. He averages 107.7 yards per game with 21.5 yards per reception. Chase boasts a 68.6% catch rate.
LB Logan Wilson – The LB has 30 solo tackles, 4 interceptions, 4 tackles for a loss, and 1 sack.
DE Trey Hendrickson- The DE has 12 QB hits, 6.5 sacks, 5 tackles for a loss, and 8 solo tackles.
KEY NUMBERS FOR THE JETS
The New York Jets’ offense enter Sunday’s matchup with 1634 total yards (31st in the NFL) – 1202 yards from the air, and 432 yards from the ground. In the first six games, they have scored on 22.1% of their drives totaling 80 points this season, good for 32nd place, or last in the league. The Jets’ offense has committed 12 turnovers this season. The defense has allowed 2415 total yards (27th overall) – 1650 yards from the air, and 765 yards from the ground. Opposing teams have scored on 51.5% of their drives, totaling 175 points, ranking 29th in the league. The defense has notched 4 turnovers.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Joe Flacco – In four games with the Jets in 2020 the QB threw 6 touchdowns, against 3 interceptions. He has completed 55.2% of his passes and averaged 172.8 yards per game with 11.7 yards per completion. Over the course of the four games, his QB rating was 80.6.
WR Corey Davis – The WR has scored 4 touchdowns and gained 349 yards receiving through the first seven games of the season. He averages 58.2 yards per game with 14.5 yards per reception. Davis has a 57.1% catch rate.
DT Quinnen Williams – The DT has 15 solo tackles, 8 QB hits, 4 tackles for a loss, and 3.5 sacks.
DT John Franklin Myers- The DT has 9 solo tackles, 6 QB hits, 3 tackles for a loss, 3.0 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE MATCHUP
So far, the 1-5 Jets’ season has been going downhill in comparison to the 5-2 Bengals. The Jets started the season with three straight losses and a close win in overtime against the Tennessee Titans. Since then, they have lost to both the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots by 7 points and 41 points respectively. The Jets have the lowest conversion on drives in the league and have scored the least amount of points in the league.
On the other hand, the Bengals have lost only to the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers by a very small margin of 3 points in each game. Bearing any catastrophic event, the Bengals should have a win on Sunday over the Jets. They are coming off of a dominant win against the Ravens where both their offense and defense showed up. The Bengals’ WR, Ja’Marr Chase is a contender for Rookie of the Year, and their QB Joe Burrow is throwing spectacularly for being only in his second year of the league and he was nominated for the FedEx NFL Player of the Week during Week 7.
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