The intrigue in most preseason games is generally related more to roster pecking orders than to the actual outcome. That’s not the case in tonight’s 7pm EST game between the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals. Last season the Bengals embarrassed the Jets 49-9, and the Jets have said they’re out for revenge. Their first chance comes in tonight’s Week 2 preseason game, though it’s not going to be televised. You can watch NY Jets vs Cincinnati Bengals online live preseason Week 2 in various ways.
Last season against the Jets, Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw five touchdown passes, four to Marvin Jones, in the aforementioned 49-9 trouncing in Cincinnati. It was the Jets’ most lopsided loss since 2010, with then-rookie QB Geno Smith throwing two pick-sixes. The Jets have since circled tonight’s game, also in Paul Brown Stadium, as a chance for redemption.
Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said New York is out for blood, to which the Bengals said “bring it on.” In a game largely played by second- and third-stringers, though, even a Jets win may feel a bit shallow.
History is on the Jets’ side, as the team has a lifetime 15-8 regular-season record against the Bengals, 2-0 in the postseason and 5-4 in the preseason. Both Geno Smith and Michael Vick are expected to play in the first and third quarters, with Smith in particular wanting to bounce back from last year’s Cincy game. Rookie QB Tajh Boyd is also expected to play late against the Bengals, and we may see some of Matt Simms as well following his stint during the entire second half against the Colts last week.
Those QBs will go up against a much-improved Bengals defense. Backup left end Margus Hunt, a second-round pick last year, played well in the preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs last week and is hoping to become a regular part of the line rotation. He’ll get his chance tonight against a beefy, physical Jets front that paved the way for the NFL’s sixth-ranked ground game last season.
There’s no TV broadcast of tonight’s Week 2 preseason game between NY and Cincinnati, so you’ll have to watch tonight’s Jets vs Bengals game online via a live stream. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm EST. Your best bet is the NFL’s Preseason Live service, a preseason-only package that lets fans watch all out-of-market preseason NFL games for $19.99. Another option if you’re an NFL Network subscriber may be to watch the game online via the NFL Online website. You’ll need to sign-in using your login info for your satellite or cable TV provider.