Last night's game was a sight for sore eyes, but one thing came out of it...manage the clock (as the Jets did) and you will win the game, especially considering that both teams have been offensively challenged in the passing game. Bottom line, the Bengals and Jets have a strikingly similar game plan...run the ball, avoid turnovers and let the defense win the game. Mind you, the Bengals played with their B+ squad last night for two and a half quarters, so I expect the clock management to be a lot more balanced this week, but now is the time to really focus on what has worked well all year long. I am all for letting Palmer air it out and put the offense on his shoulders but honestly he has not done that all year long and I do not expect him to do that now, not to mention it will likely be brutally cold again in Cincinnati this week.
The Jets will blitz all day long regardless of whether we go no-huddle or not, therefore when we do pass Palmer must get rid of the ball quickly. Now would be the perfect time to follow the Mark Sanchez quarterback theory and incorporate safe throws into the game plan. Throw some WR screens, RB shovel passes, RB screens, quick WR slants, 5 yard curls. Anything to get the ball out of Palmer's hands immediately. As for the running game, I agree with some past posters, run it right up the gut and off the guards. With Jenkins out of the middle for the Jets, they have become somewhat soft up the middle, especially if David Harris does not play.
I am anxiously nervous for this one, as we all know what happened in 2005, but if this team gets it together I truly believe they can go on a run. But they must manage the clock. It's all about calling efficient plays. Carson has not looked good dropping back and searching the field. Play the yard game, 3-4 yards per play whether running or passing and we will get first downs. I want to see long, tiresome, boring drives in this one. I don't care if it isn't pretty, it will get the job done.