Ex-factor for the Jets against Bengals

Something you might not even be thinking about could be the key to a Jets win on Sunday in Cincinnati.

The Jets have a big advantage in this game on special teams, especially in the return game.

Don't be shocked if Leon Washington takes a punt or kickoff for a touchdown in this game.

Not only because he's a very good returner, but because the Bengals have major issues on coverage, and there is a good reason for that.

The Bengals have been ravaged by injuries at the linebacker positions.

They have two linebackers already on injured reserve (David Pollack and Lemar Marshall), and three other linebackers who aren't going to play this week - Ahmad Brooks, Caleb Miller, and Corey Mayes.

They are so banged up at linebacker, they moved defensive end Robert Geathers to LB this week.

Linebacker are very important players for kick and punt coverage, and with so much dysfunction at linebacker, this has made the Bengals weak on special teams. They constantly have to work in new linebackers on special teams, and this has really hurt the chemistry of their cover units.

So with a player as talented as Washington, and a special teams coach as smart as Mike Westhoff, expect the Jets to exploit this major weakness on Sunday.

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