TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 27, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium
Weather: High 57, Low 37
Line: Cincinnati (-6.5)
Coming off a huge road victory against the Detroit Lions, the Cincinnati Bengals are now 5-2 on the season and in first place in the AFC North. Prior to the season, many people predicted that the Bengals would be one of the best teams in the NFL and a favorite to come out of the AFC. Now that they are playing well midway through the year, it looks like they could be headed for a playoff appearance if they keep playing like they are. Andy Dalton received a ton of criticism through the first few weeks of the season, but has come on of late, passing for 1,924 yards and 11 touchdowns for the ninth-ranked passing offense in the league. A.J. Green is the top target in terms of wide outs by a pretty good margin. The young superstar has 43 catches for 619 yards and five touchdowns on the year while the next closest receiver, tight end Jermaine Gresham, has just 274 yards. BenJarvus Green-Ellis leads all rushers with 319 yards and three touchdowns.
The New York Jets were considered the laughing-stock of the league prior to the season and were considered a team that would likely go up in flames with Rex Ryan as the head coach. Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez went down with a season-ending injury and rookie quarterback Geno Smith was thrown to the wolves. However, the young quarterback has led the Jets to a 4-3 record through seven weeks and he has opened some eyes around the league. Passing for 1,723 yards and eight touchdowns, the young QB could be the team’s future leader if he keeps playing like he has been. He has relied heavily on Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill who have combined for 43 catches for 636 yards and three touchdowns. Bilal Powell leads the run game with 366 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Jets have been exceeding expectations since week one. Ranking fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per game, the Jets also excel in their ability to stop the run, ranking second in the league in rush yards allowed per contest. The Bengals had a tough time stopping the pass a week ago, but still rank 13th in the league in passing yards allowed per game while also ranking ninth in total yards allowed.
PREDICTION: Jets 21, Bengals 31