The Cincinnati Bengals begin their 2016 season on Sunday when they hit the road to face the New York Jets. Could this be the year Cincinnati finally gets over the playoff hump and makes a Super Bowl run?
A win Sunday would go a long way in making that happen. The Bengals have not won at New York since a 31-30 victory at Shea Stadium in the Cincinnati Super Bowl season of 1981.
Winning in New York is never an easy task, especially when you’ve got a Jets team as talented as this one. They’re coming off a 10-6 season that left them just short of a playoff berth.
Most of last year’s team is back in the fold, led by former Bengals quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’ll guide a stacked Jets offense that features Pro Bowlers in Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte.
The good news for the Bengals is they also return much of last year’s team, a 12-4 squad that won the AFC North. This is easily one of the best matchups of Week 1 in terms of the quality of both opponents.
Here is everything you’ll need to watch and follow Cincinnati take on New York in the Big Apple.
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET CBS
Location: East Rutherford, NJ
Venue: MetLife Stadium
Broadcasters: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter).
Radio: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Announcers: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
National Radio: The game also will be aired to a national audience on ESPN Radio with Marc Kestecher (play-by-play), Shaun O’Hara (analyst) and Dave Shore (sideline reporter).
Online Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
The Series: The Jets lead, 17-8, including 2-0 in postseason play. The Jets lead 12-2 as the home team (all in regular season).
Last Meeting: The Bengals won the last meeting, 49-9, at Paul Brown Stadium in 2013.
Odds: The Bengals are a 2.5-point favorite as of Thursday night. The line has been as low as 1.5 and as high as 3. The over/under is 41.5.
Weather: 82 °F; 40% chance of rain