Bengals vs Jets: Comprehensive Week 1 Primer

Jan 3, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports /

For the Bengals vs Jets Week 1 matchup, here is a comprehensive primer filled with everything you need to know about the game.

On Sunday, September, 11th 2016, at 1:00pm ET in MetLife Stadium, the Bengals vs Jets season opener will usher in a new year. It should be a fantastic game between one of the better teams of the NFL in the Bengals and the lights out defense of the Jets.

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If you live in the New York area, the game will be locally televised on WCBS-TV on Channel 2. If you’d like to watch this game online, the best way would be using NFL Game Pass as it gives access to every preseason game as well as the regular season. If radio, is your thing, tune into WEPN-FM, ESPN New York (98.7FM) or click here for mobile devices. Speaking of mobile, if you have an iPhone, download the official mobile app of the Jets as they have live play-by-play, stats, updates, videos and much more.

In case you missed any of our coverage heading into this game, below are some of the previous articles on The Jet Press about this game:

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The Jets will hold a pregame tribute during their home opener to remember the victims of 9/11 on the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks. Members of Tuesday’s Children, the organization that supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss, will participate in the tribute.

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In addition to forming the tunnel for player introductions, 200 members of Tuesday’s Children and 20 members of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will hold a full-field American Flag during the National Anthem.

The National Anthem will be sung by Tony and Grammy-Award winning Broadway actress Heather Headley.

She has starred in musicals such as “The Lion King,” “Aida” and currently “The Color Purple.”

In the first Jets home game following September 11th, 2001, Headley performed “God Bless America” at Meadowlands Stadium.

The Tuesday’s Children Chorus will accompany Headley during the National Anthem. PAPD Color Guard will be on field and players and coaches will wear NYPD, PAPD, and FDNY hats with a 9/11 memorial logo in remembrance, as well as helmet stickers for players and lapel pins for coaches.

Additionally, representatives from FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will be honorary captains along with members of the Jets 2001 team.

An NFL-wide video featuring President Barack Obama will be played and every fan will receive a 6” x 9” American flag. First Responder Hats and 9/11 Memorial t-shirts will be sold at Jets Shop, with all of the proceeds going to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Additionally, the ceremony will feature an abbreviated video, produced by Jets 360, with members of the 2001 New York Jets team remembering 9/11. A link to the full-length video is available here.


YOUTH FOOTBALL: The NYPD and FDNY youth football teams will compete at halftime.

On the Plaza/In Game

METLIFE CENTRAL: Make MetLife Central your ultimate fan destination on game day at MetLife Stadium and meet Jets Alum Jay Feely from 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

GEN JETS KIDS ZONE: Jets Fest presented by Chase will be between the Verizon and SAP Gates. There will be a DJ, inflatables, a photo booth, a juggler, games and more.

JETS EXPERIENCE: Inside the “Jets Experience,” find out how you size up against current Jets players, study up on your Jets history, and take fun photos with oversized J-E-T-S letters and the logo gloves sculpture. New for this season, fans can pose for pictures on a life-sized trading card backdrop and a life-size Joe Namath Bobblehead.  Fans can also use a VR Google Paint station featuring artist Rocco Manno.

VERIZON: Fans attending tonight’s game can visit the Verizon Fan Zone for a chance to be upgraded to better seats, play the Verizon Game Time virtual reality experience, watch NFL Mobile, enjoy complimentary phone charging and more.

SAP: Listen live inside the SAP gate from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. as SNY’s Jeané Coakley and Jets Ring of Honor member Mark Gastineau discuss the 2016 New York Jets.

TOYOTA: Be sure to check out the 3D sidewalk art by the Toyota vehicles on the plaza. Fans can also take part in the RAV4 Roll-a-Way or Sienna packing game to win a prize.

NRG: Fans can huddle up for pictures in the NRG/Jets locker room and charge their phones at the NRG solar charging station. Jets Flight Crew will be signing autographs and taking photos.

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Dec 13, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets fans cheer at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won, 30-8. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

BUD LIGHT: There will be $5 Bud Lights available in the Bud Light Beer Garden, The Benjamins will be performing on the Bud Light Stage and Jets Alum Tony Richardson will be signing autographs.  

ESPN RADIO: ESPN NY 98.7 FM with Greg Buttle and Don La Greca will broadcast live from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the MetLife Stage.

NJ LOTTO: NJ Lotto will be on the Inner Loop Roadway with giveaways and Jets Alum Randy Beverly from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PREMIO SAUSAGE: The Premio Sausage truck will be in parking lots E and F giving away free samples of their sweet and hot sausage in addition to free sausage coupons and other giveaways.

Info for Fans

JETS REWARDS: Season Ticket Holders who loaded money onto their Jets Rewards card(s) using a Mastercard between August 4th and September 12th will receive a special surprise, courtesy of Mastercard.

MERCHANDISE: New York City First Responder Hats will be $20, and 9/11 Memorial t-shirts will be $28. All proceeds go to the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Local Pizza will be $9 (normally $10).

CLEAR BAGS: Fans are permitted to bring inside the stadium one clear plastic bag that does not exceed 12” x 6” x 12” as well as one small clutch bag, approximately 4.5” x 6.5” (size of a hand). Purses, handbags, seat cushions, camera and binocular cases are not permitted.

Enjoy the game everyone and remember, please leave comments below and here’s to a consecutive victory for our beloved Jets! Also, feel free to follow The Jet Press both on our official Twitter account and Facebook page.