The New York Jets are back home in week 8 to take on the resurgent Cincinnati Bengals. After a Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots, the Jets look to rebound with Mike White starting at Quarterback. Making his first career start, White fills in for Zach Wilson, who will remain out for at least another week. The Bengals, meanwhile, are fresh off a dominant win against the Baltimore Ravens and look to extend their win streak to three games. Here is the New York Jets Week 8 Preview: Cincinnati Bengals.
With Wilson out this week, all eyes will be on Mike White, who is making his first career start. The Jets could lean on Michael Carter this week, as he has been steadily growing his share of snaps in this offense. Corey Davis is out this week, which certainly doesn’t help White, but Jamison Crowder and Elijah Moore should have increased roles this week as a result.
The defense, which has looked bad the past couple of weeks, should get C.J. Mosley back this week, but the Bengals have one of the most potent passing offenses in the NFL. The focus will surely be on this defensive line, who have fallen asleep a bit in recent weeks. This offensive line for the Bengals is not great, and Joe Burrow has been sacked 17 times through seven games. If the defensive line can get back to form, or at least a shadow of what they once were, they might be able to give the team a chance.
The offensive line will have their work cut out for them, as the Bengals’ defense has proven to be much improved this season. If the Jets can produce any semblance of a run game, they may be able to give themselves a better chance to win than they have in weeks past.
The Bengals have been much improved in every facet of the game, with a revitalized offense and a great defense. The defense has been a liability for the past couple of seasons, but with a couple of impactful young players, and a duo of great free agency signings in Trey Hendrickson and Chidobie Awuzie, this group has been playing at a new level.
The offense for this Bengals team has also been incredible, with the leading Rookie of the Year candidate Ja’Marr Chase. His connection with Burrow is obvious, and they will look to feast against the Jets’ young secondary. Furthermore, even if the Jets can slow down Chase, they still employ Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, who round out one of the best receiving corps in the NFL. Joe Mixon has also been incredible this season, and he has the ability to take over any game at any time. He might rush the ball 25 times this week.
This game may get messy, but the Jets can do a lot of little things to keep themselves in the game. If they can play well up front, get Carter and Elijah Moore involved and keep the defense off the field, it could potentially be a second win this week for the Jets. This has been the Week 8 Preview for the New York Jets.