Prediction

New York Jets 27, Cincinnati Bengals 24

Make no mistake about it, this isn’t going to be an easy one. Any expert who believes it will be is either leaning on Jets season-opening recent history (five straight wins) or they simply don’t understand who talented this Bengals roster is.

William Hauser, USATSI
William Hauser, USATSI

Andy Dalton is no bum. For all of his issues in prime time, the kid’s constantly put up Pro Bowl numbers year after year. A.J. Green is one of the most dangerous weapons in the league and that aforementioned two-headed monster at running back has a tremendous offensive line to lean on.

Defensively, there is talent everywhere, especially on the back end with strong safety Shaun Williams.

Expect a close game throughout. Expect the Jets to struggle mightily on the ground with Fitzpatrick coming close to 40 pass attempts in the contest. Expect Fitzpatrick to throw, throw, and throw some more en route to over 300 yards utilizing a plethora of his young and talented weaponry corps.

Bowles has already identified that Darrelle Revis isn’t the same guy who donned the nickname of Revis Island. Instead, he’s a veteran version who still belongs in the top 10 at the position. That being said, it’ll take the entire defense to key in on and slow down Green.

This one will be an offensive affair with many turnovers and missed opportunities when scoring.

The Jets will take their sixth straight season opener, but it won’t be easy.

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