Two AFC powers will collide on Sunday when the New York Jets host the Cincinnati Bengals. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at MetLife Stadium and will be televised locally on CBS. Oddsmakers have the Bengals as a 2.5-point favorite with the total set at 41.5 points. Click the link for more Week 1 previews and betting lines.
Bengals vs Jets Vegas Game Preview
Cincinnati is coming off yet another successful regular season that ended in playoff disappointment. The Bengals won the AFC North with a record of 12-4, making the playoffs for a 5th straight year. Like the previous 4 times, their season ended on Wild Card weekend. This time to division rival Pittsburgh in a brutal 16-18 defeat. The Bengals should be good again, but it all comes down to whether they can make a run in the playoffs.
The Jets are coming off their best season since they last made the AFC Championship Game in 2010. New York finished 10-6, but a loss in Week 17 kept them out of the playoffs. That’s now 5 straight years out of the postseason. With Ryan Fitzpatrick resigned, the Jets believe they can end that drought this season.
Free Pick & Point Spread Betting Prediction: Jets +2.5
The betting public is all over the Bengals in this one as a small road favorite. I believe it’s created some great value here with New York catching points at home. The Jets are a legit playoff contender in the AFC and are coming off a 10-win season.
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Cincinnati features one of the deepest rosters in the NFL, but I do have some concerns with the offense. They lost two key pieces at wide receiver in Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. They are without tight end Tyler Effiert due to injury. Plus, A.J. Green is nursing a knee injury (expected to play).
The Bengals are going to have to be able to throw the ball to move the chains against New York. The Jets have the looks of a Top 5 defense and are loaded up front. Last year they ranked 2nd against the run, giving up just 83.4 ppg.
Offensively the Jets were better than they got credit for. New York ranked 10th in both scoring (24.2 ppg) and yards (370.3 ypg). Their strength is the passing attack, but they have added Matt Forte at running back. Cincinnati’s defense was vulnerable against the pass last year, where they ranked 20th. The Bengals will also be without arguably their best player on that side in Vontaze Burfict, who is suspended the first 3 games of the season.
New York was 6-2 SU last year and are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 at home. The Jets are also a perfect 3-0 in their last 3 as a home dog of 7-points or less. As of right now, I would have to take my chances with New York. This might be one worth waiting until closer to game time to see if you can’t get 3 points.