Chad Ochocinco is known for making wild statements and playful trash talk on Twitter. He and Jets CB Darrelle Revis are friends, and have tweeted at each other in the past, and Ochocinco is starting the trash talk early, when he sent this message to Revis.
"I'm coming to the big apple to give NY what they've never seen, an escape inmate gone wild on Revis Island."
Revis is coming off arguably one of his worst games of the season when Reggie Wayne got open a few times on him, even if his final stats weren't that gaudy. Still, Revis has set a high standard for himself, and Ochocinco gives him yet another difficult #1 receiver to match up against.
The big question, just like the one with Wayne, will be how much will Ochocinco play? The Bengals have very little to play for: just the difference between the #3 and #4 seeds, which is essentially meaningless. Their best case scenario might be to rest their players, treat this week a a combination bye week/practice, and let the Jets go all out while the Bengals literally practice against the team they will face in the first round of the playoffs, assuming the Jets are able to win.
Las Vegas is pretty confident in the Jets' chances, as the Jets are currently installed as 10 point favorites. Clearly, Vegas thinks the Bengals will not play this game hard at all, and why would they? This is a franchise that has already seen its quarterback Carson Palmer suffer a devastating knee injury last time they went to the playoffs. With starting rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga suffering a season-ending injury last week, that's even more motivation to treat this week as a virtual scrimmage to try to stay healthy.
Expect the Bengals to treat this game like the Colts treated last week, except even more extreme. The Jets struggle to beat teams by double digits, but if turnover-prone backup QB J.T. O'Sullivan sees a lot of time, the Jets' defense might be able to put up a score for the 2nd straight week.