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Jets Preseason Week 2 Preview: Sanchez Faces Rebuilding Bengals

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When the Jets last saw the Bengals last year in Week 12, Carson Palmer was the quarterback, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco were the wide receivers and Johnathan Joseph teamed with Leon Hall to form a solid 1-2 cornerback tandem. When the Jets face Cincinnati on Sunday night, both teams will be coming off a loss, but for the Bengals, it will only be the latest in a series of them.

Cincinnati is coming off a 34-3 drubbing at the hands of the Detroit Lions, but have also undergone personnel losses in key positions. Palmer has since retired after being denied a trade request. Ochocinco is now in New England. Owens is a free agent but Cincinnati has no plans to bring him back and Joseph is in Houston. Defensive tackle Tank Johnson was also released. Andy Dalton, the second round pick out of TCU is now the quarterback. Another newcomer to the offense is A.J. Green, the wide receiver out of Georgia. Cornerback Nate Clements was signed to replace the departed Joseph.

The rebuilding effort has been met with scrutiny and impatience. After the game to Detroit, defensive tackle Domata Peko said on “My message to the fans is to keep the faith, believe. It’s just one game. We’re going to fix things. That’s what the preseason is for: to learn from the mistakes and keep getting better. Keep being excited because we’re going to have a good season.”

The Jets have higher expectations coming off an 11-win season that saw them reach the AFC Championship Game for the second year in a row. Many people believe that if they are to fulfill those expectations, quarterback Mark Sanchez will have to be more consistent this season. He got off to a good start Monday night in the Jets’ 20-16 loss to Houston, completing six of seven passes for 43 yards. The offense was without wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center Nick Mangold and guard Brandon Moore. Burress and Mangold are expected to play on Sunday.

The loss did open up questions about the Jets’ offensive line depth. Robert Turner, a versatile lineman who has played the center and guard positions broke his leg and will be out at least 12 weeks according to The Star-Ledger. Vlad Ducasse, a second-year offensive lineman out of UMass did not play well and Matt Kroul was only recently converted to an offensive lineman position.

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