Game: Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets (8:20 p.m. ET)
Last time at site:
New York RB Thomas Jones accounted for three touchdowns as the
, 26-14, on Oct. 12, 2008.
Reason for road optimism:
While there is the chance that Cincinnati could rest most of its starters, and play this game as more of a preseason outing, the
' players seem to want to go all out. Chad Ochocinco says he pestered coach
constantly in the hopes he could play, and the team may just approach this game with some intensity, given how it has struggled over the past month. Cincinnati has not been sharp in recent weeks, but by ending the season on a high note and eliminating the
from the playoffs, it will establish positive momentum heading into the playoffs. The desire to find that rhythm may just outweigh any concerns about resting up.
have teased their fans many times over the past three decades, and this game could provide just the latest chapter to that novel of discontent. Everything fell into place for New York last week. The
removed their starters in the third quarter, allowing the
to rally for the win, and then the
all lost, giving the
control of their own destiny. Unfortunately for New York, Cincinnati is not a good matchup. The
rely on their running game and defense. The
, however, have the league's second-ranked rush defense and excel at winning close, low-scoring games. Additionally, Cincinnati has just the kind of playmaking cornerbacks that have befuddled
Stadium may just close out with another loss, and more fans storming to the exits in anger.