Jets vs. Bengals matchup

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Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

4:05 p.m., Ch. 2


Jets: 4-3


Head coach: Marvin Lewis

Top offensive players: QB Andy Dalton, WR A.J. Green, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Top defensive players: DE Geno Atkins, DE Carlos Dunlap, LB Vontaze Burfict

THE 'X' FACTOR: QB Geno Smith

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For the second time this season, Geno Smith was in the running for Pepsi Next's rookie of the week. He's the first quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger with four game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven games -- the latest of which came Sunday in a 30-27 OT win over the Patriots. But though the Jets are averaging 26.3 points in their victories, they're scoring just 9.7 points per loss. To no surprise: As Smith goes, so does Marty Mornhinweg's offense.


Where the Jets and Bengals rank after Week 7:

Category // Jets // Bengals

Scoring // 19.1 (24th) // 21.1 (21st)

Passing offense // 219.0 (T-21st) // 262.3 (9th)

Rushing offense // 124.3 (11th) // 102.7 (18th)

Points allowed // 23.1 (18th) // 19.3 (T-7th)

Passing defense // 224.9 (10th) // 236.4 (13th)

Rushing defense // 77.7 (2nd) // 97.9 (8th)

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Their bye week is fast approaching, but the banged-up Jets must first get through Drew Brees and the Saints. Next week's matchup with New Orleans caps a three-week stretch against division leaders.

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