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Jets: WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring)
Bengals: CB Leon Hall (Achilles), DT Devon Still (elbow)
Jets: C Nick Mangold (ribs), WR Greg Salas (knee)
Bengals: RB Rex Burkhead (calf)
Jets: 13 guys listed, my limit is 10. 13 happens to be greater than 10. So, I'm not typing all those names out when their gam status was never really in doubt.
Bengals: DE Wallace Gilbert (knee), WR Marvin Jones (shoulder), LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring), CB Terence Newman (ankle)
The Jets played a really good game last week, and Geno Smith looked especially on point in the second half. He's really good when he's executing, but that's not always the case. That's the biggest problem with him for this season. I don't know what to expect from him on a week to week basis. As for the future, as long as he shows flashes of brilliance, it's a good sign.
Overall, the Bengals are a better team, even if Geno is playing well. A.J. Green is 73 times better than anyone on the Jets offense, which is a major problem. Cromartie can definitely be a pest to Green, but he's not going to shut him down at all. Mohamed Sanu is pretty good, and should have a pretty big game. The Jets are really good at stopping the run, so the Bengals will need to throw the ball for most of the game, which they can do.
As for the Jets offense, the running game will take a step back. Chris Ivory wasn't very good last week, but he got 34 carries, so he got 102 yards purely because of volume. Against this much tougher defense, he's going to struggle. Maybe Bilal Powell will save us, but I doubt it.
If Geno plays really well, then the Jets will have a chance. However, I think that the Bengals defense rattles him and he struggles a bit. A couple of turnovers later, the Jets will lose. Not a blowout, but the Bengals should win comfortably
BENGALS (-5.5) over Jets.
Bengals 23, Jets 14