Bengals QB Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Jets pass defense
The Jets are susceptible in the passing game; witness their ranking (31st, 265 yards allowed per game). They are allowing a 68.2 percent completion rate. Cornerback Darrelle Revis is playing well and has three interceptions. The rest of the secondary has been poor, though, and offenses are picking on rookie cornerback Dwight Lowery. New York is getting a solid pass rush, with 13 sacks in four games. Linebacker Bryan Thomas has four, and defensive end Shaun Ellis, three.
Bengals WRs T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson vs. Jets CB Dwight Lowery
With the rookie Lowery learning on the job, he has been very inconsistent, and Housh could put up big numbers against him Sunday. In the last few games, opposing quarterbacks have picked on Lowery and stayed away from Revis. Expect that to continue. This game could also be the one in which the Bengals get the ball to Ocho Cinco, who has just 14 receptions and one touchdown in five games.
Bengals TE Ben Utecht vs. Jets linebackers
Jets linebackers haven’t covered opposing tight ends very well this year. The San Diego Chargers’ Antonio Gates and the Miami Dolphins’ Anthony Fasano both did some damage against the Jets. There is a good chance that Utecht has a breakout game against Gang Green. Utecht is an underrated receiving tight end, and the stars are aligned for him to have a big game in the Meadowlands.
Jets RB Thomas Jones vs. Bengals run defense
New York is faring only a little better than the Bengals in the rush game. It is ranked 26th and is gaining 3.8 yards a carry, compared to 3.3 for the Bengals. Thomas Jones is the workhorse, running 67 times for 254 yards (3.8-yard average) with a long of 16 yards and one touchdown. Though the Bengals run defense is better, they have allowed 229, 177 and 198 yards rushing in three of their five losses. The Bengals are 27th in rush defense at 167.6 yards a game.
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