After three straight wins in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime, the Jets will try to win a laugher against the 2-8 Bengals. Cincinnati, which won the AFC North a year ago, has not played nearly as well as they hoped. In fact, the the Bengals' demise can be traced back to last year, when the Bengals dumped back-to-back games to the Jets, including the AFC Wild Card Playoff in Cincinnati. (The Bengals didn't try during their Week 17 encounter, but they certainly were trying in the playoffs.)

The Jets, who were fortunate to beat Detroit in Week 9 and Houston in Week 11, were unlucky to play overtime against the Browns in Week 10. Nevertheless, they have still played three close games and could use one that isn't a nail-biter. Mark Sanchez said he doesn't think Jets fans have any fingernails left.

The Bengals have the big names in Chad Ochocino and Terrell Owens, but that's about it. They have lost seven straight games and allowed 29.6 points per game during that stretch. The Thanksgiving affair is the last easy game for the Jets for a while. Of their next four games, three are on the road, and they have a Monday-night showdown at New England looming on Dec. 6. The Jets have barely avoided dumping easy games so far, but they can only cheat death so long. Off a short week, who knows what will happen?