Cincinnati Bengals (12-5) at New York Jets (10-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Jets +2.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals open their 2016 NFL regular season on the road as they head to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets.
The Cincinnati Bengals finished 12-4 to win their 2nd AFC North crown in 3 seasons, clinching their 5th consecutive postseason berth in the process. Andy Dalton returns for his 6th season at the head of the Cincinnati offense. Dalton threw for over 3,200 yards and 25 touchdowns while countering that with only 7 interceptions. Jeremy Hill assumes the starting running back duties for the Bengals, with Giovani Bernard coming in as his backup. A.J. Green leads the receiving core for the Bengals and with a supporting cast like Brandon LaFell and Tyler Eifert to go along with Green, Dalton may be able to replicate some of his success from last year. Cincinnati’s Defense was their calling card last season, giving up only 17.4 points per game, good for 2nd behind Seattle who led the league with 17.3 points per game. With most of Cincinnati’s defense returning, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Bengals took over the top spot defensively this season.
The New York Jets finished 10-6, however it wasn’t enough as New York lost out on a tiebreaker to miss the playoffs for the 5th consecutive season. The quarterback saga in the Meadowlands finally subsided with Ryan Fitzpatrick signing a one-year contract with all $12 million guaranteed. Fitzpatrick tossed for just over 3,900 yards with 31 TDs and 15 interceptions in starting all 16 games for the Jets last season. Matt Forte is the shiny new toy for head coach Todd Bowles in the Jets backfield after Forte signed with the Jets in the offseason. The question marks for Jets nation is who will be catching passes besides mainstays Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall. The Jets look to further improve a top-10 defense under Bowles that gave up only 19.6 points per game last year, and like their opposition, with most of the Jets defense returning, and a defensive minded head coach, it wouldn’t surprise anybody if the Jets break the top 5.
Cincinnati is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games and 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 overall while the under is 7=1 in their last 8 vs. AFC. New York is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 overall and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Cincinnati is a team I’m going to be very high on this year I have a feeling. They have an insane defense, and just an all around solid offense. The Jets will win their share of games this season, but I just see Cincinnati having too much firepower for the Jets to try to hang around.
Lay the points with the Bengals.