Good morning everyone! Time to rush out the door and sit in traffic in hopes that you make it to work on time. Or if you're like me, just roll out of bed, grab yourself something to eat, and surf the Internet or read the newspaper to catch up on everything that's going on around the world.
Alright so with Sunday's game approaching I thought I'd reveal my list of things I hope to see the Bengals accomplish.
- It would be nice to see the offense find a rhythm early in the first quarter instead of late in the fourth quarter.
- For the team to stay healthy. The last thing I want to see is one of our key forces (Whitworth, Green, Dalton, Maualuga, Peko, etc.) to get injured during the first game of the regular season. Health is going to be a key factor for the Bengals if they want to have any success this season.
- For the Bengals to score. During the preseason the Bengals were outscored 91-47. That's under 12 points a game. That's embarrassing, but hopefully the preseason woes won't bleed over to the first game of the regular season. I think this goes with the offense finding a rhythm, but if you think about it the offense could find a rhythm and look smooth only to be held to scoring field goals.
- Andy Dalton and A.J. Greenhooking up for a touchdown.......or four, but that definately won't happen. It would be nice to see Green explode in the first game, but that's probably hoping for too much. I think Green will haul in six catches against the Browns.
- For the defense to shut down the Browns. Okay now a shutout is probably out of the question, but limiting the Browns to 14 points or fewer is going to be key. As the preseason progressed the defense appeared to be finding its form. Now it needs to carry over to the regular season. The Bengals won't be putting up 30 points in this game so limiting the damage that Cleveland does is vital for the Bengals.
- Limit the amount of PENALTIES. I know I don't have to remind everyone, but penalties have killed the Bengals in the past. Is it because of a lack of experience or everyone just likes to jump the gun, or they just like to find new ways to bury the team? With a new season about to start everyone is more experienced and hopefully that means we won't witness some of the more "seasoned" players committing infractions.
- The running attack explode and simply destroy the Browns defense. Benson and company are long overdue for a breakout game. And this Sunday could very well be the opportunity for them.
- And finally a win for the Bengals! Let's face it the Bengals probably won't win more than five games at most. And starting off the season in the win column would not only instill relief in the team, it would also inject them with more confidence heading into their second game. Also it would lift the burden off their shoulders of getting a victory.
Prediction for Sunday: Bengals defeat the Browns 20-16.
Alright here is a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from Thursday.
- Take a moment to check out our weekly podcast.
- Two highly-touted rookies that had impressive preseasons are set to face off against one another on Sunday in the Bengals vs. Browns match-up.
- If the Bengals want to succeed this season then it's all going to start with the defensive line according to linebacker Thomas Howard.
- Jordan Shipley can see similarities between Andy Dalton and Colt McCoy since he has had the opportunity to play with both quarterbacks.
- In order for rookies to develop they typically have a mentor to help them along the way. For rookie offensive guard Clint Boling there isn't a better mentor out there than Andrew Whitworth.
- Check out some hits from around the web.
- So far in Geno Atkins early career he has been impressive and opened the eyes of coaches, players, and fans, but is he a future defensive star in the NFL?
- The NFL and ESPN have reached a major deal regarding media rights.
- Check out an interview with Football Outsiders previewing the Cincinnati Bengals.