Reports surfaced that the Bengals will face a rookie quarterback this weekend when Jimmy Clausen, Carolina's 2010 second round draft pick, will start for the Panthers. Former Panthers quarterback Matt Moore threw three redzone interceptions during the regular season opener against the New York Giants.
Even though Moore threw a touchdown the following week, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he only completed six of 16 passes for 125 yards and his fourth interception of the season. Jimmy Clausen replaced Moore in the fourth quarter, completing seven of 13 passes for 59 yards and an interception. The whole situation has rattled Panthers fans' expectations for 2010 and "in a sense franchise as a whole."
According to Mothership Captain Geoff Hobson, this will be the "14th time in the Lewis era, the Bengals face a rookie quarterback and they'll try to even their record at 7-7" when Jimmy Clausen takes the start this Sunday.
Cincinnati is coming off their best defensive effort of the short two-game season, forcing Joe Flacco to complete less than 50% of his passes for the fourth time in his career. His four interceptions is a career-high with his previous mark being three picks in two different games.