The New York Jets enter their NFL Week 3 matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals with favorable betting odds against last year’s AFC Champions.
The New York Jets avoided an 0-2 start to their season with a thrilling come-from-behind victory in Cleveland last week. The Cincinnati Bengals, meanwhile, stumbled out of the gate with an 0-2 mark and have struggled with consistency through the first two weeks. Despite that, the Bengals find themselves favorites in the betting odds versus the Jets this week.
The Jets rallied from a 13-point deficit in the game’s final two minutes, thanks to a pair of touchdowns passes from Joe Flacco. ESPN Analytics listed the Jets with a 0.1 percent chance to beat the Browns prior to the comeback. The Bengals floundered two very winnable contests, games in which they tied the score late only to ultimately lose.
Opening lines for NFL Week 3 action stabilize after Week 2’s dramatic reaction to the Week 1 results. Interestingly, the odds for this weekend’s games do not feature a single double-digit underdog. What’s more, there’s not a single favorite laying more than a touchdown early on.
Here’s a look at the best betting odds for this Jets versus Bengals clash in Week 3.
Best Betting Odds for Jets vs Bengals
The Jets saw their opening lines for Week 3 set them as 4.5-point underdogs against the defending AFC Champions, the Cincinnati Bengals. The number moved to five in some sportsbooks, as many bettors see this as a must-win game for the Bengals at this point. Cincinnati’s has slipped to a 0-2 start early on and need to avoid an 0-3 hole if they want to make a playoff run in 2022.
The Jets enter this contest 1-5 in their past six games as home underdogs, including a 15-point loss to the Ravens (6.5-point favorites) in Week 1. That said, Gang Green enjoys a 10-4 mark straight up in their last 14 games against the Bengals. Early action pushed the total from the opening lines from 43.5 to 45.5 in some sportsbooks.
NFL Week 3 Preview: New York Jets vs Cincinnati Bengals
The Jets young playmakers were on display last week, with rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson and rookie running back Breece Hall both impressing. Wilson finished with eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 22 seconds left in the game. He leads all rookies in targets (22) and is tied for second in receiving yards (154). Hall managed 73 rushing yards on 13 carries against Cleveland
The Bengals upgraded their offensive line in the offseason, but pass protection remains an issue. Joe Burrow’s been sacked an NFL-most 13 times thus far, but he’s facing a Jets pass rush that’s produced just three sacks through two weeks.
The Bengals sport a talented receiving corps with Ja’Marr Chase (15 catches for 125 yards) and Tee Higgins (12-98), as well as tight end Hayden Hurst (10-70). The Jets secondary faces its stiffest test of the season thus far with this matchup.
New York allowed Lamar Jackson to throw for more than 300 yards in Week 1. They need to limit Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon, who’s rushed for 139 yards on 46 carries so far this season.
Betting Trends Affect Jets, Bengals Odds
Several betting trends affect the odds in this matchup between the Jets and Bengals. Cincinnati enters 0-2 against the spread, while the Jets are 1-1. The Bengals had covered the spread in their previous eight games, including five of their last six on the road. Cincinnati’s 14-6 against the spread following their last 20 straight up losses.
The Jets, meanwhile, have failed to cover the spread in five of their last six games following an outright victory. New York’s just 2-5 against the spread in its last seven home games, and 3-6 against the spread as home underdogs under head coach Robert Saleh.
That said, the Jets have covered in five of the last six meetings with Cincinnati in New York. The home team enjoys an 8-2 mark against the spread in the last 10 ballgames between these clubs.
The Under has hit in each of Cincinnati’s first two games this season and in seven in a row overall. The Under has hit in five of the last six September games for the Jets. However, the Over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these teams.