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Bengals Early Bird Special: Gameday is Almost Here

Morning fellow Bengals fans. It's officially the weekend, which means football is almost here. 

On Sunday the Bengals will face-off against the Seahawks. The Bengals will be looking to win in Seattle for the first time since 1994. Hopefully that is a skid that Cincinnati will snap on Sunday. Since this has been a season of snapping streaks, there is no reason to doubt that the Bengals won't snap this one.

Here are some keys for the Bengals on Sunday.

  1. Stay healthy. With the Bengals already lacking at linebacker by the absence of Rey Maualuga who is still nursing an ankle injury and two other linebackers whose status remain up in the air. It will be interesting to see what the Bengals will do if Thomas Howard or Dan Skuta don't play in the game period or if they are forced to leave during the game due to re-aggravating an injury. 
  2. Move the ball. This is going to be key for the Bengals on a weekly basis. But with Seattle having a week defense without the presence of Marcus Trufant , Cincinnati should have an easier time moving the ball down field (hopefully). Also the Bengals will be without Cedric Benson who will be serving his one-game suspension and starting in his place will be Bernard Scott. Since Scott doesn't get numerous opportunities to play he's going to have make his presence known. It's going to be vital for him to be able to move the ball on the ground. Otherwise the Bengals may have to turn their attention to an aerial assault.
  3. Put pressure on Seattle to make plays. Last week against the Cleveland Browns, Seattle only managed to score one field goal. Throughout the game the Browns continued to put pressure on Charlie Whitehurst and company. And that is something that the Bengals are going to have to do in order to limit the damage. Then again, with the Bengals' defensive line, it shouldn't be too difficult for pressure to be applied on the Seahawks.
  4. Stay out of penalty trouble. Through the first six games the Bengals have done a relatively good job at staying out of trouble with the yellow flag. However, two weeks ago against the Colts, the Bengals committed 11 penalties for 111 yards. Hopefully a week off enabled them to regain their focus and they won't commit an outrageous amount of penalties. In a perfect world they wouldn't commit any infractions, but we know that won't be the case.
  5. Create turnovers. The Bengals have been lagging in the turnover department. And this week against Whitehurst and crew, the Bengals should be able to generate some turnovers. Whitehurst seems more like a mop-up quarterback. He has never shown a consistent ability to complete passes or perform at a high level. If the Bengals can create some turnovers then that will put even more pressure on Whitehurst to try to force plays.
 Alright so here is my prediction for Sunday. The Bengals hand Seattle their fifth loss of the season by a score of 24-10. That's my prediction and I'm sticking to it.

Alright here is a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from Friday.