"I feel bad for him," said fill-in corner Dre Kirkpatrick. "It's the second time it's happened to him and it's the opposite leg. I just feel bad for him."
The Jets defense is fourth in the league in total yardage, third in sacks and second against the run. New York hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher this season and the Bengals haven't had one.
In fact, the last Cincinnati player to go for 100 was BenJarvus Green-Ellis in Week 15 of 2012.
Through the air, though, Dalton's got options. In addition to Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green, he can also throw to Marvin Jones, Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard. The final three have combined for four touchdowns in the last two games, while Green has settled for 12 catches, 258 yards and two TDs of his own - including an 82-yard score against Detroit.
For the season, Green has 43 catches (seventh in the league) for 619 yards (third in the league) and five TDs (ninth in the league).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
A grab bag of coverage.
Though the Jets don't have one premier go-to pass-catching threat, they've found success with Smith throwing the ball to a collection of targets that include Jeremy Kerley (24 catches), Stephen Hill (19 catches), Kellen Winslow Jr. (17 catches) and Bilal Powell (15 catches).
With Cincinnati's top corner, Hall, out of the picture, it'll be up to the remaining Bengals backfield personnel to handle myriad assignments.
Much like the Jets against the Cincinnati defense, the Bengals will provide multiple offensive pass targets for QB Dalton. The problem for New York, Dalton's receivers are of a higher-end variety than Smith's.
Look for Pro Bowler Green against Jets corner Antonio Cromartie, who's been dogged by injury and has struggled against other elite receivers this season. Even if Green is held down, Dalton could have success elsewhere.
It's not inconceivable that the Jets head to Ohio, batten down the defensive hatches and beat the Bengals in an old-fashioned, run-heavy slugfest.
But it may be less inconceivable that Dalton and Green connect for 10 passes and a couple of scores, and force Geno into high-risk rallying behavior that exposes his predilection for road-game mistakes. That seems more likely here.
Sports Network predicted outcome: Bengals 24, Jets 20