The Bengals (5-2) are in a huge letdown spot as they head to face the Jets (1-5). Cincinnati posted a dominant 41-17 win over the Ravens last Sunday to climb to the top of the AFC North while also breaking a five-game skid against Baltimore.
The Jets, meanwhile, keep “Jets-ing” as they suffered a 54-13 loss to the Patriots. That completes the season sweep for New England by a combined tally of 79-19. New York even had an extra week to prepare for that matchup coming off a bye which makes you wonder how ugly the meeting with Cincinnati could get.
Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview: New MVP Candidate Emerging
Any talk about NFL MVP candidates has to consider Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow at this point. Burrow was remarkable against the Ravens with a career-high 416 yards passing to go along with 3 TD and 1 INT. Burrow’s 17 TD are 4th in the NFL, and he’s also completing 68.9% of his passes while throwing multiple TD in every game this season.
The Jets just gave up a 307 yard, 2 TD performance to rookie Mac Jones last Sunday and now rank 27th in the NFL in yards allowed. It’s looking like Sunday’s matchup will be another huge outing for Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, the rookie wide receiver who had 201 yards vs. Baltimore last week.
New York Jets Betting Preview: Where Do We Go From Here?
So much for new Jets coach Robert Saleh being a defensive-minded guru as he just allowed his first 50-burger in the 54-13 loss to New England, even coming in off a bye week. New York allowed 551 yards of total offense in that game and now go up against a Bengals offense that is 7th in the league in scoring at 27.0 ppg.
New York is back home for the first time in nearly a month with a 27-20 loss to the Falcons mixed in there. The last time the Jets played at MetLife Stadium, they had what might be the most improbable win of the season in the entire NFL, a 27-24 win over Tennessee. If the Jets want to repeat that feat, they may have to do it without #2 pick Zach Wilson, the QB who injured his knee against New England and did not return.
Bengals vs. Jets Betting Odds & Lines
Bet this game at GTBets, who have the Bengals as -9.5 favorites in a number that will almost certainly be hammered by public bettors after Cincinnati’s impressive win over the Ravens. If Wilson is out, the Jets will go with Mike White in his first-ever NFL start.
The Bengals have covered the number in four of their last five road games, while the Jets have gone 1-6 ATS in their last seven games. There doesn’t appear to be a line that is too high for New York at this point in the season, especially while starting a very unproven QB against Cincinnati’s top 10 defense.
Free Betting Pick
The Bengals are in the classic letdown spot after the win over the Ravens and with another divisional opponent, Cleveland, coming up next week. That being said, this isn’t a Chiefs or a Steelers team where success is repetitive – Cincinnati is in rare air right now at 5-2 and want to enjoy it.