Updated, Friday, 1:35 p.m. ET
It's only the second preseason game, but the Jets will be pumped to play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Saturday night.
Head coach Rex Ryan has a friendly but competitive rivalry with Cinci coach Marvin Lewis, his former staffmate on the Ravens from 1998-2001. And the Jets and Bengals know this could be their first meeting of two on the year, if both teams realize their summer aspirations to become AFC playoff teams.
Then there's that 49-9 enchilada that the Stripes hung up on the Jets last October.
"We did get smoked by them," Ryan said, "I know it's a preseason game, but I'm looking forward to it and I'm glad we're facing a good team."
Here are seven things to know about this Jets-Bengals meeting.
1. The Unfriendly Confines
Traditionally we've done well against the Bengals with a 15-8 regular-season record, 2-0 in the postseason and 5-4 in the preseason. But Paul Brown Stadium has not been kind to us. Yes, there was the AFC Divisional Round win there in 2009, but that was sandwiched in between the 38-31 loss to the Bengals in '07, the 17-6 defeat in the 2012 preseason opener, and last year's regular-season 49-9 "dogwalk," in the felicitous phrasing of
In the last two games at PBS, then, the Jets scored no touchdowns. Couple that with LB
2. The Quarterback Rotation
Regarding his quarterbacks, Ryan still hadn't declared his rotation as of Wednesday, although he did say rookie
"I'm not thinking about last year, but every game counts," Geno said. "Obviously you want to have a better showing. That's just natural."
3. Hitting the Ground Running
We won't see a lot of it, but the Jets' RB by committee should have all three committeemen present and accounted for in the first half.
4. Pryor Engagement
"We'll rotate him this week," said Ryan. "You're going to see him with the ones, with the twos and with the threes. He's going to get some reps.
Adding to Pryor's eagerness to get it on with the Bengals, he played his college ball at Louisville, just a 100-mile drive down Interstate 71 from Cincinnati, and he expects a number of friends and family to be in attendance.
5. Double-A at CB?
Because of those corner injuries to
By those responses, it remains to be seen if Double-A is one of our starting corners. But whether it's Allen,
6. Happy Returns Ahead?
Update: Saunders was involved in a one-car accident this morning, Friday, on the way to the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. He was taken to a local hospital for precautionary monitoring and will not play in Saturday night's game.
7. Finish Against a Wild Man
Jets fans may get a blast from the past when the fourth quarter comes around and Cincinnati RB James Wilder enters the game. Actually, it's rookie James Wilder Jr., son of the back who rushed for 6,008 yards and gained 9,508 yards from scrimmage in his 10-year NFL career, mostly with the Bucs. If Junior runs as hard and catches as well as dear old dad, our third defense will want to tighten their chinstraps.
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