Game: Pre-season Game #1 VS. Washington
When: Sunday, August 13th, 2006 at 8pm.
Television: NBC with Al Michaels and John Madden
- How will Anthony Wright run the offense and how will offensive coordinator, Bob Bratkowski call the game? Will Bratkowski allow Wright to throw a 15 yard pass on 3rd-and-14? Or will he concede the drive, run a draw, and punt?
- The defensive tackles are pretty much set with Sam Adams and John Thornton. How will the backup defensive tackles do if one of these two go down? Domata Peko, the fourth round rookie, is noted for his speed and aggressiveness but gives up 30-40 pounds against big offensive linemen. Shaun Smith played well last season but he's not even close to starting based on talent in front of him.
- Is Johnathon Joseph and Ahmad Brooks as advertised? It's questionable if Deltha O'Neal will play Sunday so most likely Joseph would get the nod. Ahmad Brooks turned heads all pre-season with his size, strength, and quickness. Brooks, considered first round talent, should get plenty of playing time Sunday night.
- I don't expect him to get much work, but I'm interested to see how Rudi Johnson does. Playing on what most considered one leg, Johnson is healthy and chiseled. I highly anticipate Johnson to have a breakout season. But with Chris Perry out Sunday, who will replace Johnson? Kenny Watson was out the entire 2005 season, but has decent third-down back skills. Quincy Wilson played well during the intra-squad scrimmage. With Terrence Whitehead, I'm interested to see which of these three will emerge.
- How many people will prank the Jerk-line.
The Bengals have a decent list of players not playing Sunday. Carson Palmer, Chris Perry, Antonio Chatman, Hannibal Navies and David Pollack are definitely out. Jonathan Fanene, Sam Adams, and Adam Kieft are on PUP and are waiting to pass physicals. Deltha O'Neal, Bennie Brazell, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Bobbie Williams are questionable to doubtful.
- Sunday's game is a sell-out.
- The Bengals are 4-2-1 in the pre-season against the Redskins (2-0 at home).
- The last time the Bengals played Washington (2004) Cincinnati won 17-10. Tory James, Kim Herring and Brian Simmons picked off Patrick Ramsey passes.