Bengals vs. Jets: 4 things fans should know about Cincinnati in Week 8

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The Jets aren’t facing the same old Bengals of the past few years.

No, the Cincinnati squad New York faces in Week 8 is actually one of the best teams in the AFC through the first seven weeks of the season. Between a high-powered offense and a sound defense, the Bengals are one of the NFL’s biggest surprises this year and have taken a tremendous leap in Zac Taylor’s third year as head coach. A lot of praise can be showered upon Joe Burrow playing up to his first overall draft pick pedigree, but the entire team looks to have figured out how to play against some of the best teams in the NFL.

A matchup that many surely thought would be woefully close at the beginning of the season now looks to be one of New York’s toughest games of the year. It doesn’t help that injuries have plagued the Jets and New York will start Mike White at quarterback.

Before this difficult matchup takes place, let’s get to know these new-look Bengals a bit better.

Top-10 passing offense

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The Joe Burrow experience is finally working out for the Bengals. Burrow is connecting with his stud receivers, including Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, and the QB ranks in the top-10 in almost every major passing statistic. Burrow is first in yards per completion, fifth in completion percentage, seventh in total passing yards, and fourth in passing touchdowns. The Jets need a perfect defense to counter the Bengals and will likely feature a lot of blitzes.

Big play potential

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The Bengals offense thrives off explosive plays. Cincinnati ranks fifth in air yards per completion, second in yards after the catch per completion, and seventh in yards after contact on rushing attempts. The Bengals lead the NFL in plays of at least 40 yards with nine. This is the main reason why they rank near the bottom of the league in plays per drive and time of possession per drive but score 2.32 points per drive, the 13th-most in the league.

Great in the redzone

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The Bengals don’t get into the red zone often, but they score touchdowns when they do. Cincinnati converts 71.4 percent of its red zone attempts into touchdowns despite ranking 28th with just 14 drives inside the 20-yard line. The Jets’ red zone defense is solid and allows a touchdown on 55.6 percent of the opponent’s attempts but gave up six red zone touchdowns against the Patriots in Week 7.

Top-10 defense

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Quietly, the Bengals have put together a strong defense this season. Led by defensive ends Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard, as well as second-year linebacker Logan Wilson, the Bengals rank fifth in points allowed and 10th in yards allowed. Hendrickson, whom the Bengals signed to replace Carl Lawson, is among the NFL’s best edge rushers and will go toe-to-toe with George Fant. White could have a hard time mustering much offense in his first career start.

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