NFL BETTING: Jets @ Bengals 21:30 – Live on SS3
There’s another week 17 rematch in Saturday’s first wild card game when the New York Jets travel to Ohio. William Hill‘s Michael Taylor previews.
In the season finale the Jets claimed the final wild card spot thanks to a 37-0 battering of a lacklustre and impotent Cincinnati Bengals – don’t expect Marvin Lewis’ men to be quite as pathetic here though.
Just how well the Bengals can bounce back is the big question though when you consider they endured a second half to the season that included the death of Chris Henry and very little downfield threat.
There’s no doubting they hold the quarterback edge in former Pro-Bowler Carson Palmer, it just remains to be seen if anyone other than Chad Ochocinco can come up trumps for them downfield.
Mark Sanchez on the other hand may not provide the steady hand necessary for big aerial yardage, however the Jets’ penchant for keeping the ball on the ground could be good enough against a side lacking confidence.
Either way I think you can forget the chances of another Jets blow-out with a close low-scoring affair looking a near certainty, I just fancy Palmer’s experience to trump Thomas Jones’ rush at the end of the day.
The Bengals have to overcome -2.5 points on the spread, I won’t be risking that though with the 10/13 about Cincinnati on the money line tempting enough for me.