Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/28/12
Recently the topic of Bengal rivalry was raised and all the typical villains were trotted out as in a police line-up for the conversation. Here were all of the standard divisional scum bags and, of course, San Francisco was included because of two notable Bengal defeats in the bitter days or yore. Yet one name-worthy thug, one that has managed to cause real trouble for the Stripes recently and no one seems to notice, is the stinking New York Jets.

This mouthy gang seems to always be in Cincinnati's way, and I feel I have been forced to root against them more vigorously than I have teams within the AFC North for the past few years.

It all started with the the last game of the regular season in 2009. The Bengals had already clinched the division and the game was cold and at night. Marvin Lewis played his starters for a possession and got them the hell out of there. J.T. O'Sullivan lined up under center for the Bengals and the Jets won 37-0.

The next week, wild-card week, the Jets got them again in the much-more-important rematch. What seemed so promising once Laveranues Coles caught a touchdown in the opening drive, crumbled when Jets offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, broke the Bengals' back and spirit with a tremendous sequence of play-calling that caught Cincinnati sleeping. The Jets went on to the AFC Championship game, while the Bengals went back to the drawing board.

Then came Thanksgiving the next season. The Bengals were mired in an ugly losing streak. The football world was perplexed as to why Cincinnati was so bad. Earlier that year, with straight faces, there were mentions of the Super Bowl around the Bengals training camp. By the time Turkey Day rolled around, however, all of that had dissipated.

Nonetheless, the Bengals were playing on Thanksgiving and that made it an even cooler holiday than usual. A win on national television could have restored a little pride on the season, but instead, Carson Palmer threw into tons of coverage and Brad Smith decided to have his best game in the NFL that night. All in all, it was turned out to be another green football week against the Jets.

Then last year, 2011, Andy Dalton and the Bengals once again confounded the football wizards, only this time by winning when no one thought they had much of a chance. Before they did, though, the Jets gave us reason to worry about Dalton. In the second preseason game, the Jets blitzed Dalton and forced him into two first-half picks. The Jets won again, 27-7.

As for the regular season, when it came down the stretch, it was Cincinnati and New York jockeying for a playoff spot. The Bengals held up enough while the Jets imploded, typified by a Week 17 loss to the Dolphins that allowed Cincinnati to lose the final week and still get into the playoffs.

Watching Mark Sanchez throw his team out of the hunt was satisfying. The fact the offense leaned so heavily upon his shoulder was the result of the coaching staff listening to the media and unhappy-player grumblings. The Jets made it to two straight AFC Championships by bullying their way into position. They tried getting cute last year with the pass and came up short. Both Cincinnati and New York seem to be best when they stick to more basic football philosophy. The Bengals brought in Terrell Owens and everything fell apart. The Jets brought in Plaxico Burress and didn't fare much better.

This year, both teams are once more in similar positions in the fact that they are still recognized as second-tier behind the perennial favorites. Many assume that among a handful of other teams, New York and Cincinnati are already vying for a wild-card spot within the AFC. As time goes by, these two organizations will continue to try and take out their respective heavy-hitters while keeping an eye on each other. Both are eager to get things going, and, lo and behold, look who's first on the preseason schedule. Why, it's the Jets.

 

var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

U.S. Senator “appalled” by Bettman’s stance on concussions

Team USA’s Opening Ceremony uniforms look a little treasonous

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

Former NFL LB Armstrong, wife reportedly killed by 16-year-old son

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Miami women’s basketball coach criticizes Texas A&M following slideshow

Twin Cities preparing for influx of sex trafficking during Super Bowl LII

WATCH: Bautista bat flip will be available as NHL 17 celebration

Former USMNT, current MLS forward Davies battled cancer, in remission

The definitive guide to U.S. Men's Basketball at Rio 2016

Tony Romo training camp picture leads to fat jokes, concern

Matt Cullen’s family eats cereal out of the Stanley Cup

Texas A&M suspends coaches for sexist slideshow

10 most dangerous college football defenders in 2016

Is it time to start taking West Ham seriously?

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker