Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Jets
The New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals both look for some answers and look for their first wins of the preseason as they meet in week two at the New Meadowlands. The Jets are -6.5 point favorites over the Bengals with an over/under point total set at 36.5.
While the preseason games don’t count for anything and can be deemed almost meaningless, don’t tell that to New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan who apparently takes them dead serious. The Jets’ loss to the Texans was filled with blown chances and a Ryan tirade or two but in the end the Jets fell short. Mark Sanchez didn’t play much but he looked sharp going six for seven passing while Greg McElroy looks like he may be back up material as Mark Brunell is dinged up and getting on in years. Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight both looked secure in their sports with Greene carrying five times for 32 yards and McKnight running five times for 24 yards while LaDanian Tomlinson who rarely played in the preseason in his days in San Diego had just one carry. Plaxico Burress didn’t play in Houston but Santonio Holmes and newly signed Derrick mason both did but the real story is the battle for roster spots as Jeremy Kerley looks to be on the team but Patrick Turner, Mike Campbell, and Logan Payne look to be battling for the remaining spots. The Jets defense looks ready for the season as the first unit kept Houston off of the scoreboard and came up with some big stops as Brodney Pool led all tacklers with five and Garrett McIntyre had four tackles and two sacks.
The Cincinnati Bengals are a team looking for a direction and in their first preseason game against the Lions the Bengals just looked lost as they were blown out. Andy Dalton looked very much like a rookie and though he went 11 for 15 it was for just 69 yards and an interception with Bruce Gradkowski going six of 11 for 58 yards and Dan LeFevour and Jordan Palmer each completing just one pass with Palmer also tossing an interception. Cedric Benson got six carries and with a rookie QB he will be counted on this year plenty while rookie Jay Finley had seven carries gaining just 15 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards against a tough Lions defense. Rookie first round pick A.J. Green had four catches going for 29 yards in his debut, Jordan Shipley had four catches for 37 yards. The Cincinnati defense was shredded through the air and on the ground but Rey Maualuga, Clinton McDonald, and Dan Skuta each had five tackles to lead the way on what was just a bad night.
While the Bengals lost Carson Palmer, they may be in good position to draft a QB this year and may have their pick of the litter of things don’t get better though head coach Marvin Lewis may not be around to make the pick. The Jets are on the other end of the spectrum and feel they can get to the Super Bowl. If this were the regular season this one could get ugly, even here it still may. Take the Jets minus the 6.5.
New York Jets -6.5 Cincinnati Bengals