"Against a defense like this you can't go into a game and try to pick out one area," Jericho Cotchery said on Wednesday. "They do a lot of different things on defense. They can get you off balance. They create a lot of havoc. You can't pinpoint one area because they will totally throw things off for you offensively. They create a lot of turnovers on defense and attack the ball very well. They give their offense a lot of opportunities to get back on the field."
On the year, the Bengals defense is yielding an average of just over 30 points per game, a big factor in the team's early season struggles. Conversely, the Jets offense has managed to put up just 17 points per contest; contrasting statistics that should make Sundays matchup an interesting one.
Although the Bengals have struggled defensively to limit points, they have done a good job of creating turnovers.
"They do a good job, number one, of finding different ways to put pressure on the quarterback," Chad Pennington said of the Bengals defense. "They're very creative in how they pressure the quarterback. Then their corners are crafty. They want to key on the quarterback, read his footwork and things like that. But they are turnover – driven. If you look at their statistics they're really good at creating turnovers, creating havoc and causing a lot of disruption."
Despite a tough couple of outings for Pennington, Eric Mangini has stood by his embattled quarterback and quickly put any talks of a quarterback controversy to rest. A nice vote of confidence for last season's NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and the man the team will rely on to pull them out of the 1-5 hole.
The Jets and Bengals are two teams that entered the season with playoff aspirations. Thus far, both have been major disappointments. However, despite the early hole, both teams have yet to abandon their post-season hopes, and they both know that Sunday's matchup is pivotal toward righting their respective ships.