An inside look at the Jets-Bengals match in Week 8 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium:
Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase vs Defensive Back Gates
Chase is on her way to escape with an Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The 21-year-old is having a season for the ages. Chase has 754 yards, the most in NFL history with a player’s first seven games. He is second in the NFL to receive yards behind the Cooper Cup Rams (809). Chase leads the league in receptions for 40 yards or more with a six.
He put 201 yards against the Ravens last week. It would be a huge challenge for the junior Jets to slow it down.
“He’s a stud, man, everyone knew he was coming out [of college]Gates coach Robert Saleh said. “What he does for this Cincinnati team is very similar to what Deebo Samuel did for San Francisco his rookie year when he opened up a lot of different things offensively for a lot of players and everyone got better. They are really good and they have improved because of him. … They hit all cylinders. It’s a problem.”
This game feels like a game where planes don’t stand a chance. Even if the Bengals aren’t playing their best game, they must beat the Jets, who won’t start quarterback Zach Wilson and #1 receiver Corey Davis.
35 Bengals, 17 . planes
Mike who? On Sunday, The Jets will start their 36th different starting team since Joe Namath left town in 1976. Mike White will be the man under center. He will be the thirteenth starting different player for the Jets since 2012 and the ninth since 2016.
White is a mystery to most people since he only played his first game last week, after Zach Wilson was injured. The Cowboys’ 2018 fifth round pick has been with the Jets since 2019, mostly on the coaching staff. Now, White will try to lead the Jets to victory for the second time this season and not put too much pressure on himself.
“I guess you can’t think of that,” White said. “Not just the quarterback, but as soon as you add more pressure to him, you start to get mentally closed and then do things that aren’t in your world. So, I personally think, I try not to think of anything like that. Just go out there, play my game, Have fun with my guys. I’m starting an NFL game, so that’s really cool.”
tiger roar: The Bengals attack rolls over. The unit has been kept below 20 points only once this season, scoring 34 and 41 in the past two weeks against the Lions and Ravens. Sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow is second in yards per passing attempt (9.22) and third in yards per game (6.2). Cincinnati is seventh in scoring, averaging 27 points per game and 13 in total attack, averaging 369.6 yards per game.
“It’s going to be an amazing challenge,” Gates defensive coordinator Jeff Olbrich said. “I start with some kind of explosive pulley that wakes me up, and these guys, they’re starting to roll around and grab some momentum and momentum right now.”
day you see: The Bengals have signed accelerated passer Trey Hendrickson for a four-year, $60 million off-season deal, and they’re getting their money’s worth. Hendrickson has a 6.5 sack already and is sure to give the Jets’ offensive line a headache. The Jets considered Hendrickson free agency, but chose to sign with ex-Bengal Carl Lawson instead. Lawson tore his Achilles tendon in August and misses the season.
“It’s exactly what Cincinnati bought, basically,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said of Hendrickson. “He is a great player. He plays very hard. He wears the flag in the middle of the field in terms of what you want from a footballer.”
In a hurry: The Jets’ defensive line showed what he was capable of in the victory over the Titans, as he fired Ryan Tannehill seven times. But in the previous two games, they only had one bag combined. What happened?
“It starts in advance, and it will always start in advance,” Saleh said. “We have to control and control the line of scrimmage. After that, we just have to keep our feet on the ground and play fast. It really is that simple. It is winning one-on-one fights, pressing the midfielder, winning the sprint game.”