It would be interesting to see how different the narrative would be around Cincinnati had they not had an extra point blocked at 0:00 that would have given them a win over Pittsburgh in week one? Instead that loss, coupled with a 20-17 defeat in Dallas last week has this team looking like they are in trouble heading into the week 3 Bengals at Jets matchup.
On a different narrative note, the Jets could (probably should) easily be 0-2 themselves if not for two scores in the final 1:22 that led to an improbable 31-30 win at Cleveland. The only thing we really know about either Cincinnati or the Jets – is that we really don’t know anything. Oddsmakers have still set the Bengals as -6 point road favorites for Sunday’s matchup.
Burrow Getting Beat On
Joe Burrow rebounded from a torn ACL his rookie season to throw for 4,611 yards with 34TDs, 14 INTs, and a 70.4% completion rate. Perhaps more importantly he played in all 16 games in leading Cincinnati to the Super Bowl where they ultimately lost to the Rams.
Burrow is not going to make it through the 2022 campaign if he keeps absorbing hits like he has been, getting sacked 7 times vs. the Steelers and six more times last week against Dallas. Burrow has just 3 TD passes to 4 INTs this season, but the good news for Cincinnati in the week 3 Bengals at Jets game is that New York has only amassed 3 sacks in two games.
Cincinnati’s defense has played well enough to be 2-0, giving up just one TD to Pittsburgh in the 23-20 loss in week one (Steelers also returned an INT for a TD) and holding the Cowboys to 20 points last week. The Bengals are 7th in total yards allowed giving up just 302.0 ypg.
Jets Try to Do It Earlier
Give New York credit for the comeback win last week but they probably should’ve taken a loss down 30-17 with under two minutes left. Joe Flacco kept battling though, completing a 68-yard TD pass to Corey Davis and then finding Garrett Wilson for 15 yards after a recovered onside kick.
Wilson looks like a budding star after grabbing 8 balls for 102 yards and 2 TDs last week. Of course it never hurts that Flacco has attempted 103 passes in two games. The 37-year-old was 26/44 for 307 yards and 4 TDs after throwing for 309 yards in the season opening loss to the Ravens.
The Jets did give up 184 yards rushing to the Browns last week but Cleveland is also one of the best running teams in the league. New York held Baltimore to 63 yards on the ground in week one.
Free Week 3 Bengals at Jets Betting Pick
This could indeed be a get right game for Cincinnati, but should they be giving -6 points on the road right now? 79% of the public still likes the Bengals to cover the number but the Jets have momentum, a couple young stars on offense, and an old-timer QB in a resurgent year.
Free Pick: New York Jets +6