The J-E-T-S come to town this weekend for a 4:00pm game against the Bengals.
The Bengals are currently a 7.5 point favorite at home.
Clearly the odds makers like the Bengals to stay perfect at home, what do the experts think?
|Elliot Harrison - NFL.com||20 - 13||Tell you what: From afar, this game looks fun. Both squads can actually play defense when so inclined; meanwhile, it will be interesting to see how "for real" the Jets are. No one -- no one -- thought New York would be 4-3 coming off a win over the Patriots. For the Jets to get to 5-3, they'll have to ground and pound with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell -- the latter was a non-factor last Sunday, but I'm thinking this week, the Jets will need everybody. It should be noted that the Bengals' defense is not all that easy to ground and pound on, having allowed just 97.9 rushing yards per game this year (3.83 yards per carry). Can Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton perform as well as he did in Detroit?|
|Don Banks - SI||24 - 20
||Pretty rough schedule in Week 8 -- this is one of only two matchups that pit two winning teams against each other, with the other being Dallas at Detroit. The Jets' win-one, lose-one pattern means it's loss week for Geno Smith and Co., but they'll make it close and Cincinnati will have to play some defense to hang on. The Bengals at 6-2, with a 4-0 home record, will start to look like the AFC Super Bowl contender they should be.|
|Pete Prisco - CBS||
||27 - 20||The Jets are riding high after beating the Patriots last week, but this is a tough test. Cincinnati is home after winning two consecutive road games. They have the pass rush to get after Geno Smith. Look for the Bengals to continue to let Andy Dalton take shots down the field. It's tough to run on the Jets' second-ranked run defense, so this is a game for Dalton and A.J. Green.|
|Coley Harvey - ESPN||27 - 13||Cincinnati's defense will perform just fine without Leon Hall, and will force Geno Smith to pass early. The Bengals' own short-passing attack will be a Jets bugaboo.|
|Rich Cimini - ESPN||23 - 14||The Bengals are hot and the Jets can't handle prosperity. They'll have trouble with Andy Dalton's short-passing game and the Bengals' front four.|
|Greg Cote - Miami Herald||21 - 17||Bengals are the real deal as long as Andy Dalton minds the ball, and Jets are one of the pleasant surprises in the league so far, as much as it pains me to dole out grudging respect to Rex Ryan. Like Cincy at home to extend its three-game win streak, but the Vegas line feels plump. Planes have won nine of past 10 in series, and Rex's defense makes you work for it.|
|Mike Florio - ProFootballTalk||24 - 13||The Jets have beaten the Bengals four straight times, and nine out of 10 dating back to 1992. The trend gets reversed on Sunday, thanks to the fact that Cincinnati has the superior team on both sides of the ball. Hopefully the locals will realize that, and buy up the remaining tickets.|
|Michael David Smith - ProFootballTalk||27 - 17||This doesn't exactly have the feel of a huge game, but it's one of only two this week matching up two teams with winning records. Give the Jets a lot of credit for getting to 4-3, but I'm still not convinced that they're actually a good team. The Bengals should take this one and solidify their status as one of the top teams in the AFC.|
Then there are the experts that pick the winners without a score projection or a writeup. Some of those are here:
|Marcus Allen - ESPN|
|Mike Golic - ESPN|
|Merril Hoge - ESPN|
|Ron Jaworski - ESPN|
|Chris Mortensen - ESPN|
|Adam Schefter - ESPN|
|Mark Schlereth - ESPN|
|Tom Jackson - ESPN|
|Keyshawn Johnson - ESPN||
|Mike Ditka - ESPN|
|Chris Carter - ESPN|
|Jason La Canfora - CBS|
|Josh Katzowitz - CBS|
|Ryan Wilson - CBS|
When I ran the simulation at WhatIfSports.com, the Bengals come up with a win at home.