Sunday's game features two teams trending in opposite directions. The New York Jets have found their groove winning their last three games. In their latest contest, they dominated the Oakland Raiders to the tune of 34-3.
On Sunday, they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals. Cincinnati has yet to win a game this season, though they do appear to be inching closer. In their latest contest, they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10.
Sunday's contest takes place at Paul Brown Stadium with kickoff at 1 p.m. EST. The game airs on CBS.
Sam Darnold's arm leads a surging JetsIn his last three games, Darnold has thrown for 838 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. It isn't a surprise the Jets have been 3-0 during that stretch. They have also doubled their season scoring average each of those weeks.
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On Sunday, they face a Bengals' defense that allows 26 points per game and have weaknesses in their secondary. So, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Darnold have a huge game on Sunday.
Defensively, they face a Bengals offense that struggles to score. Cincinnati averages 14 points per game, and it's clear they don't have any answers at quarterback. Ryan Finley took over the helm from Andy Dalton and so far it hasn't been smooth going, though Dalton returns this week.
Finley completes only 47% of his throws. And the Bengals struggle to protect him, as he's been sacked nine times in the last two games.
Look for the Jets to get after him on Sunday. If New York is able to get pressure on Finley, it'll force him to rush throws which could lead to turnovers.
The Bengals need to establish an offenseCincinnati is one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NFL. averaging 14 points per game. Since Finley took over, the Bengals employ a power running game to help take some of the pressure off their young quarterback.
On Sunday, they face a Jets defense that's stout against the run, only allowing opponents to gain 73 yards per game. Cincinnati's style of play doesn't match well as they would have to meet the Jets' strength to achieve a run game.
The good news for Cincinnati is that Dalton is returning as the starting quarterback. Head coach Zac Taylor probably realizes that Finley is not the future or it could come from the owner Mike Brown. Finley might get another chance down the road, unless they draft a quarterback. Not when you throw for just 474 yards in three games, toss two picks and fumble the ball three times.
“It feels good,” Dalton said Wednesday in his first interview since the change was made in the Dayton Daily News. “Just as a player who has started basically every chance I’ve been able to without being hurt, it gives you a different perspective being on the other side. I’m glad to be back out playing. I feel I can help us win, so I’m excited to be going these last five games.”
Before he was benched, Dalton threw for 2,252 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions in the first eight games.
Trends found on Covers.com Cincinnati is:
- 1-10 in their last 11 home games
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
New York is:
- 4-1 in their last 5 games in Week 13
- 4-1 in last 5 on field turf