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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

New York Jets take on Cincinnati Bengals on Thanksgiving night


The NFL’s week 12 game in prime time on Thanksgiving Thursday (Nov. 25th) looks like it’s quite a mismatch on paper as the AFC East leading New York Jets (8-2) are set to do battle at home with the Cincinnati Bengals (2-8) who sit at the bottom of the AFC North Division.

The Jets have been doing things the hard way lately, but they’ve been involved in some exciting games, albeit against weaker opponents. While the Jets are tied for the best record in the league, their wins have all been pretty nerve wracking on the coaches as they haven’t had a comfortable win since the start of October. But they may have found the perfect opposition in Cincinnati as they haven’t won a game since September.

The Bengals blew a 17-point half-time lead against Buffalo as they allowed 35 points in the second half and lost 49-31. The Jets beat Houston 30-27 on the weekend and their two wins before that both came in overtime, so their 802 record could be a tiny bit deceiving. They also blew a 16 point spread in the fourth quarter against Houston and won it in the final 10 seconds. In fact, their last win that didn’t come down to the final minute was against Buffalo on Oct. 3 when they won 38-14.

The Bengals have lost their last seven games and haven’t won since they got past Carolina back on Sept. 26. They’ve let in 29.6 points an average during that stretch and their run defense has been pretty bad over the last couple of months. This makes things tough as New York has the fourth-best rushing attack at 145.9 yards per game.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been coming up big when needed with the rest of the offense, but the defense looks a bit shaky at the moment. Sanchez has passed for a total of 950 yards in the last three games with six touchdown passes. The team’s offense has gained over 400 yards all three of the contests.

New York has beaten Cincinnati eight times in their last nine meetings and beat them 24-14 in last year’s playoffs.

The Bengals will be without Roy Williams, Antwan Odom, Chris Crocker, and Frostee Rucker, while Brandon Ghee, Johnathan Joseph, Rico Murray, Carson Palmer, and Dennis Roland are all question marks.

For the Jets, the list is pretty long as there are quite a few players with injuries, but many of them could suit up. These include Jerricho Cotchery, and Dwight Lowery, who are out for sure, along with Damien Woody, Marquice Cole, Drew Coleman, Shaun Ellis, David Harris, James Ihedigbo, Nick Mangold, Calvin Pace, Sione Pouha, Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez, Matt Slauson, and Brad Smith who are all questionable.

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