- 09/08/2011, 09:11AM ET
The Bengals will be in 1st place in the AFCN after week 1 with dreams of a undefeated season intact.
And the Prophecy Read said 09/08, 09:11 AM
The battle of Ohio is week one. To be clear Ohio sucks as a state but that isn't the TD.
Colt McCoy may be a fine young QB but with Eric Steinbach the the RT both out for Sunday's game it will be hard for him to stay on his feet with the Bengals DE tandem of Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson. If there are two faster DE's in the league please do show them to me. Playing behind those two may be two of the fastest OLB's in league as well in Manny Lawson and Thomas Howard. And with the wrecking ball Rey Maulauga in the middle along with Atkins, Sims, and Peko as the DT's the Bengals have a pretty solid front 7.
The Bengals won't score much but will not have to with a strong defensive showing. The Bengals will contain Hillis and make Cleveland win by passing which i'm not sold on them being able to do.
Clevland's D is a good start for Dalton. He isn't going to win the game by passing the entire time but he will make smart throws to avoid turnovers and a very quick release to avoid sacks. The Bengals are going to run Benson and Scott as often as they can but they still have big play capability at WR in AJ Green and Jerome Simpson with Jermaine Greshem at TE.
Sabih said 09/08, 12:46 PM
Cleveland will beat CINCY.
The game is @ CLE. CIN went 1-7 on the road last year and that was against the lowly Panthers.
The DE should not be as big a problem as you believe as CLE still has Thomas @ LT (An All-Pro and arguably the best OL in the league)
The browns have Peyton Hillis, a 1000 yard rusher who can neutralize the pass rush.
Add to that the always dangerous Joshua Cribbs.
Compare that to CIN who have a rookie QB, rookie WR. An offense which was horrible last year only got worse.
Benson did run for over a 1000 last year only averaged, 3.5 ypc. Now he has a worse passing attack meaning he will be facing more 8 man fronts and less likely to find those gaps
Add to that Carson Palmer threatening to retire if he is not traded in the offseason. That has to be demoralizing for a locker room. When your franchise player leaves $50 mil on the table because he is sick of the franchise.
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