Cincinnati looked like a legitimate Super Bowl contender after starting last season 10-2 but went just 2-2 after losing quarterback Andy Dalton to a broken thumb and lost in the wild-card round for the fifth year in a row. Dalton is back healthy, but it remains to be seen how the offense will look without Marvin Jones (free agency), Mohamed Sanu (free agency) and Tyler Eifert (injury).
The Jets, meanwhile, narrowly missed the postseason after finishing 10-6 in Todd Bowles’ first season, and they’ll look to improve after retaining most of a dominant defense and adding veterans Matt Forte and Ryan Clady to the offense.
Both AFC squads have playoff aspirations in 2016, and this matchup could prove to be very important come December.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch:
Bengals vs. Jets Week 1 Viewing Info
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS in certain markets. You can click here to see a map of what games will be shown in what cities
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket if the game is outside your market. You can click here for a complete rundown of all the live stream options
Line: Bengals (-2.5), per OddsShark; You can click here for a preview and pick against the spread