The New York Jets (4-7) travel to Ohio this weekend for an all-AFC showdown against the winless Cincinnati Bengals (0-11). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on December 1st at Paul Brown Stadium and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Jets listed as 3.5-point road favorites. The spread has come down by half a point after early betting, as New York is currently available at -3. The total for this matchup is 42 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 13 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Bengals vs Jets Game Odds & Betting Preview
New York Jets
The Jets won their third game in a row last weekend, crushing Oakland 34-3 at home to improve to 4-7 on the season overall. New York scored 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to break the game wide open en route to a convincing double-digit victory. QB Sam Darnold played well, going 20/29 for 315 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while also finding the end zone on the ground despite rushing for just 16 yards. RB Le’Veon Bell also chipped in, racking up 108 all-purpose yards. Robby Anderson led the way for the receiving corps, making four catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Overall, the Jets generated over 400 total yards and scored three touchdowns on offense in the win.
New York was fantastic defensively against the Raiders, barely giving up more than 200 total yards of offense and only allowing a single field goal the entire game. The Jets were especially strong defending against the run, holding Oakland to just 68 rushing yards.
The Bengals are still searching for their first win of the season after falling 16-10 at home against Pittsburgh last weekend to drop to 0-11. Cincinnati led 7-3 at the half but couldn’t find a way to hold on down the stretch, getting outscored 13-3 over the final two quarters of the game. QB Ryan Finley continued to be ineffective through the air for the most part, going just 12/26 for 192 yards and one touchdown. RB Joe Mixon rushed for 79 yards on a team-high 18 carries on the ground while Tyler Boyd hauled in five catches for 101 yards and was on the receiving end of the only touchdown of the game for the offense. As a whole, the Bengals gained well under 300 total yards of offense against an above average Steelers defense.
Cincinnati had a decent outing on the other side of the ball against the Steelers, surrendering just a single touchdown despite allowing more than 300 total yards of offense. However, the Bengals did struggle trying to contain Pittsburgh WR James Washington, as he caught three passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Jets -3
When this game first opened, I was going to avoid both sides against the spread in favor of the UNDER on 42 total points scored. Both defenses have been pretty solid as of late, while the Bengals offense has put up an embarrassing 43 total points over their last four games combined. Although I do still like the UNDER, it was recently announced that Andy Dalton would return to his starting quarterback role here in Week 13, which does bump up Cincinnati offense a little bit. Therefore, my favorite play in this particular spot is now New York against the spread in a game that they should find a way to win outright. Even though I initially didn’t want to take the Jets at -3.5, the fact that the number has been bet down to -3 has reinvigorated my interest in the road favorite.
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There is no doubt that the Bengals desperately want to finally figure out a way to get in the win column at least once over the final month of the season, which is likely why Dalton is returning as the starter at quarterback. However, Cincinnati still has winnable games against Cleveland and Miami, which may take reduce the sense of urgency just a little bit. The Jets have also been playing extremely well on both sides of the ball during their recent win streak, scoring 34 points on offense in three straight outings while giving up less than 20 points twice over that same time span. Throw in the fact that the Bengals are a brutal 0-4-1 against the spread through their first five home games and it’s tough not to feel good about the streaking Jets on Sunday afternoon. Give me New York to cover!