Two teams gunning for the playoffs this season will go head to head in an AFC smash-mouth battle.
It will be the Cincinnati Bengals visiting the NY Jets this Sunday, September 11, at 1 PM ET. The game will be broadcasted on CBS live from MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Bet The Cincinnati Bengals at NY Jets NFL Week 1 Odds
The NFL week 1 odds have the visiting Bengals as 2.5-point favorites to beat the NY Jets after the line opened as a pick’em. If you want to bet the O/U the game total is a spry 41.5. The money line favors the Bengals at -133 while you can cash in at +113 if you back the Jets.
What: Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at NY Jets (0-0)
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: East Rutherford, NJ
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Spread: Bengals -2.5
Moneyline: Cincinnati -133 at NY Jets +113
Game Total: 41.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Cincinnati vs NY Jets
Why Bet The Cincinnati Bengals To Beat The NY Jets
The Bengals have won two of the last three AFC North division titles. Each of those campaigns ended in playoff failure. However, Cincinnati is money when you bet the team to win during the regular season.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 4, 2016
Last season, Cincinnati ended with a 12-4 record, tied for the best in the AFC with the last two Super Bowl winning teams in the Pats and Broncos. The Bengals averaged 26.2 points per game (7th) and allowing just 17.4 (2nd).
QB Andy Dalton has matured enough to be considered a top tier QB. Dalton threw 3250 yards last season along with 25 touchdowns. He also threw fewer than ten interceptions (7) for the first time in his career.
The Bengals are in a position to make a big jump in a conference with few favorites. WR AJ Green is arguably a top-5 wideout in the game and should dominate any defender. Green had 1297 receiving yards last season, along with seven touchdowns. He should have a field day against a Jets defense that was 13th against the pass in 2015.
Why Bet The NY Jets To Beat The Cincinnati Bengals
When the Bengals’ passing game can’t get going, their running game usually saves the day. However, against a Jets defense that was second best against the run a year ago, I wouldn’t expect much from the tandem between Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill.
On offense, the Jets knew they needed Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. After a lengthy off-season contract battle, they got their guy. Fitzpatrick looks comfortable in this offense after throwing for 3905 yards, 31 TDs & 15 INTs last season.
— The MMQB (@theMMQB) September 5, 2016
Of course, it helps a lot when they have two stud wideouts catching the football. WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker combined for over 2500 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns last year. The addition of veteran rusher Matt Forte will shore up this offense.
Expect the Jets to take advantage of the Bengals secondary. Cincinnati had the 20th passing defense in 2015 and recently lost veteran safety Reggie Nelson in the free agency.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- The Bengals were 13-3 ATS in 2015.
- The Bengals were 7-1 ATS away from home in 2015.
- NY Jets were 7-8 ATS in 2015.
- NYJ Jets were 5-3 ATS at home in 2015.
- NY Jets were 3-1 ATS as the underdog in 2015.
- NYJ were 1-1 ATS as a home underdog in 2015.
NFL Week 1 Bengals Vs Jets Expert Pick
The Bengals lost wide receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in the free agency. TE Tyler Eifert is hurt and will miss at least four weeks. That leaves WR AJ Green as Dalton’s only real weapon. Take the Jets aggressive defense at home with the points.