The New York Jets gain a winning streak and go 2-1 on the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, who are still on the hunt for their first victory of the season.
Garrett Wilson had an exciting game of the season, one that hopefully is the first. He put up two touchdowns and 102 receiving yards for the Jets’ astonishing 31-30 victory over the Cleveland Browns. If he can produce a similar performance against a Bengals secondary that can be described as inconsistent at best, an Offensive Rookie of the Year storyline is definitely at play.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has been sacked 13 times this season, leading the NFL. Those sacks came against two of the NFL’s best pass rushes in the Pittsburgh Steelers, who got to Burrow seven times, and the Dallas Cowboys who committed the other six. The Jets’ pass rush only sacked Jacoby Brissett once thanks to an elite Cleveland offensive line. The Bengals’ offensive line is not as talented or well-meshed, even with all the money spent in the offseason. Expect a three-sack performance from a Jets’ front seven that continues to build together as a collective unit.
Joe Flacco will remain under center for the Jets in week three, but that might not be as unlucky as we all thought. So far, Flacco is third in the NFL in total passing yards with 616 to go along with five touchdowns and just one interception. If he can continue to give the ball to his best weapons, and guide the line of scrimmage to maximize the effectiveness of the run with Breece Hall and Michael Carter, the offense should be able to look pretty smooth.