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Jets Seek to Continue Their Hot Play at Winless Bengals Today

CB Darryl Roberts, S Matthias Farley Active After Missing Multiple Games with Injuries


The Jets seek to continue their November momentum into the first day of December to complete a rare perfect "quarter" when they take on the Bengals at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium this afternoon (1 p.m. ET kickoff).

The Green & White have won three straight games, with complementary contributions from all three units, to rise to 4-7 on the year. Now they will try to send the winless Bengals to 0-12 on their home turf in the Queen City.

A win would give head coach Adam Gase's Jets their first four-game win streak and two-game road win streak since late 2015. It would also secure their first 4-0 record in any quarter of a season since they went 4-0 to open the 2004 campaign under HC Herm Edwards.

Second-year QB Sam Darnold and the offense will attempt to continue their hot starts in cool temperatures, with today's forecast in the mid-40s and under cloudy skies. The Jets O has scored on its opening drive in five consecutive games, with another such score today equaling the six straight opening-drive scores by the Brett Favre-led 2008 unit. And the Jets offense has contributed most of the points to three consecutive 34-point outings, against the Giants, Redskins and Raiders.

Sackin' safety Jamal Adams and the Jets' No. 1-ranked run defense meanwhile will attempt to tame the Bengals' offense and continue their run of defensive scores. Last week, CB Brian Poole returned an interception for a score vs. Oakland, marking the fourth defensive score of the season, with one more giving them a team-record-tying five held by that 2008 outfit.

Helping the D out will be the return of CB Darryl Roberts, who was inactive the previous three games with a calf strain. And pitching in on defense and specials will be S Matthias Farley, who missed the last two games with a quadriceps injury.

As always, a winless team is dangerous and Cincy's first-year coach, Zac Taylor, has made a switch at QB that could help the Stripes compete against the Green & White by reinstalling veteran Andy Dalton at QB after three games on the sidelines. Dalton, in his ninth season with the Bengals, has made three Pro Bowls and posted a starting record of 68-58-2. However, he was 0-8 before Taylor replaced him with rookie Ryan Finley for the past three losses.

The Jets' seven inactive-list players for today's game:

  • CB Nate Hairston
  • S Blake Countess
  • CB Kyron Brown
  • RB Josh Adams
  • LB Paul Worrilow
  • LB C.J. Mosley
  • T Chuma Edoga

And the Bengals inactives:

  • QB Jake Dolegala
  • WR A.J. Green
  • CB Torry McTyer
  • OL John Jerry
  • TE Cethan Carter
  • TE Drew Sample
  • DE Anthony Zettel

The Jets are wearing their white jerseys and white pants today. In their only other game wearing their new Spotlight White unis this season, they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Game 5. And they've won four straight games in white/white dating to last season's opening-night win at Detroit.

Ronald Torbert is the referee for his seventh Jets game since 2014. The most recent Jets game Torbert reffed was Game 15 last year, the 44-38 overtime loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at MetLife Stadium.

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