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#NYJvsCIN Predictions

Week 1 Game Predictions from NFL Experts


Elliot Harrison, NFL Media Analyst

Jets 23, Bengals 20

If the Bengals are going to win this game, A.J. Green is going to have to produce. Jeremy Hill will produce this season -- it just won't begin this week vs. the Jets' run defense. On that note, I can't wait to see what Leonard Williams is going to do with another year of seasoning. Everyone I've spoken with says he's ready to erupt. Statistically, in Todd Bowles' defense, that might not equate to 10 sacks, but it will be disruptive. When the Jets' offense is on the field, New York's wideouts vs. Cincy's DBs is the matchup to watch. Advantage: Gang Green.

Chris Simms, NFL Lead Analyst

Pick: Jets

At their core, the Bengals are a team that wins on the offensive line. They've mounted playoff season after playoff season because they're better from tackle to tackle.

Just not in this game.

Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and the Jets can beat the Bengals where they typically beat other teams. They also have Darrelle Revis, who can eliminate their best player—A.J. Green. Huge advantage: Gang Green.

The Bengals will keep things close. But the Jets, in general, are a little bit better.

Pete Prisco, Senior NFL Columnist

Bengals 27, Jets 20

The Bengals have a ton of talent, and have the look of a playoff team heading into the season again. This is tough way to open the season on the road, but Andy Dalton being back will get them off to a right start. Cincinnati will win both lines to win the game.

David Steele

Bengals, 31-27

Andy Dalton missed the pivotal playoff game against the Steelers last season, but he's back, while Vontaze Burfict was all over that game but is suspended now. It evens out for the Bengals, who, for now, are the better team.

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