Jets vs. Bengals is the opening NFL Wild Card Game â€“ Saturday afternoon. This game is one of 3 matchups that feature teams who faced each other in NFL Week 17. As with the other 2 outcomes, the winning team (New York Jets) routed its opponent (Cincinnati Bengals). Will this Jets vs. Bengals battle have a similar result of 37-0?
The Cincinnati Bengals did not play their hardest that game even though key starters did play during the first half. The 37 points the Jets scored was the most the Bengals defense yielded this year â€“ 18 points per game. The Bengals lost twice at home and that was very early in the season. Average score of their home games: 20.63 for, and17.83 against.
The New York Jets have won 5 out of their last 6 games. If not for missing 3 Field Goals against the Atlanta Falcons, the Jets would have brought a six-game winning streak into this contest. Though questions surround the 2 recent wins since they played against two teams who rested key players because their playoffs bids were sealed, the Jets defense has been dominant. Their opponents have averaged 7.83 over these 6 games.
The Jets were 5-3 on the road and the average score in those games: 23.38 for, and 15.50 against.
NFL PICKS Wild Card Game:
Jets (+2.5), Over (34) â€“ Look for something in the 19-17 range as both teams have strong defenses and in recent games the Jets have taken the air out of the ball. For the Bengals, their offense needs to be sharp to stay on the field.
NFL Lines Wild Card Playoffs
Date & Time
1/9 4:30 ET
http://www.footballlocks.com/nfl_lines.shtml @01/07/09 @ 12:45pm