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Running back Joe Mixon of the Cincinnati Bengals yells after a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Running back Joe Mixon of the Cincinnati Bengals yells after a play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images via AFP.

The New York Jets pulled off a miracle in Week 2, while the defending AFC champions fell to 0-2. What bets offer the most value when the Jets and Bengals meet in Week 3? Find out in our Bengals-Jets picks.

Few thought the Bengals would struggle in Week 2 against the Cooper Rush-led Dallas Cowboys. Instead, the Bengals fell behind big for the second week in a row, and despite another late rally, the defense couldn’t hold up, which allowed the Cowboys to kick a game-winning field goal.

The Jets won in miraculous fashion, erasing a 13-point deficit in under two minutes despite having no timeouts. Joe Flacco is third in the NFL in passing yards, amassing 616 through two weeks. Will he continue his hot start against the Bengals in Week 3?

Here are our top picks for the NFL Week 3 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).   

Bengals vs. Jets Game Info

Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 25, 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Weather: 77 degrees, 45% chance of precipitation, 9-mph winds

Bengals vs. Jets Odds Analysis

The Bengals opened as 6.5-point favorites, but this line has dropped in favor of the Jets since Week 2’s games went final. The line got as low as 4.5, and it has now settled at 5, as some bettors have begun showing support for Cincinnati. The consensus in terms of cash and tickets is that the Bengals will cover this spread.

As for the total, the number opened at 42.5, which has increased gradually since. It has settled at 44.5 at most books, but it could go higher as bettors support the Over by a significant margin.

Bengals vs. Jets Picks

  • Spread: Bengals -4.5 (-115 via FanDuel) ★★★★
  • Over/Under: Under 45.5 (-114 via FanDuel) ★★
  • Prop pick: Joe Mixon Over 72.5 yards rushing (-115 via DraftKings) ★★★

Bengals vs. Jets ATS Pick

Bengals -4.5 (-115)

Last season, the Jets defeated the Bengals 34-31 in Week 8 of the regular season. That result may alarm some bettors. However, the Bengals had just earned a massive road victory the week before in Baltimore. This season, the Bengals are in no such letdown position. Instead, they’re in a must-win scenario.

Based on Week 2 results, it's not surprising to see the line moving in favor of the Jets. Yet the Bengals have shown what their offense can do late in games. Now, they just need to piece that together early. With no key numbers in play, take the desperate road team.

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Bengals vs. Jets O/U Pick

Under 45.5 (-114)

This is a tricky line. The Bengals have faced two weak offenses, and neither of their games has exceeded this number. The Jets’ have good offensive numbers thanks to their Week 2 comeback, but if you throw their late-game yardage out, they haven’t been productive through two weeks.

If the Bengals’ offense can string together a complete game, they could explode for 30-plus in this one. Yet, with offensive-line troubles, the Bengals are probably going to either play behind the sticks or run the ball and eat clock in this game. Both of those scenarios favor the Under.

Bengals vs. Jets Prop Pick

Mixon Over 72.5 rushing yards (-115)

The Bengals have been playing from behind all season, yet Joe Mixon is still averaging nearly 70 yards per game. His matchup this week is favorable, with the Jets allowing 123.5 yards on the ground per game. If the Bengals can get off to a good start, Mixon should see more touches. Of course, that is a big if.

The Bengals need to find ways to protect Joe Burrow, who has been sacked 13 times in two weeks. One of the best ways to protect him is to stop him from dropping back so much, which means running the ball as often as possible.

Where to Bet on Bengals-Jets Picks

Bengals-Jets picks made 9/21/2022 at 1:18 p.m. ET