As we enter into the 2015 NFL season, we once again rely on technology from 1991 to predict the outcome of the games. This week we have the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the Oakland Raiders in a Week 1 matchup. The Bengals travel to sunny California in a late afternoon meeting. How can we expect the Bengals to fare?
The Bengals kick the ball off to the Raiders to start the game. After some initial success on the ground running Latavius Murray, the Raiders drive stalls.
Oakland is forced for a field goal try and has no problem putting the three points on the board.
The Bengals offense takes the field and accomplishes a whole lot of nothing. Raiders defenders are constantly in the backfield and Jeremy Hill can not find any daylight. Justin Tuck punishes Andy Dalton and the Bengals are forced to punt.
Oakland's passing game gets a boost from Amari Cooper and the Raiders once again are on the Bengals side of the field. Geno Atkins flexes and says hold on a second and ends what looked to be a promising drive for the Raiders.
The field goal attempt sails wide right and the Raiders come up empty handed.
On the Bengals next possession, there is more struggle. The offense for Cincinnati can't seem to crack this Oakland defense and Justin Ellis gets to Dalton for a sack.
The Bengals are forced to punt.
At the end of the first quarter, the Raiders lead 3-0.
To open the second quarter, Derek Carr finds tight end Clive Walford wide open for a touchdown. The Bengals are no officially in a hole.
The Bengals offense gets back to basics and Jeremy Hill finally finds daylight. He breaks a big gain down the right sideline but disaster strikes when he fumbles on the tackle. Oakland recovers the football.
After the gift from the Bengals, the Raiders move once again into field goal range. A bit out of character for Sebastian Janikowski as he misses his second field goal of the day.
This time Dalton shrugs off the conservative play calling and fires downfield to a wide open Marvin Jones. The Bengals are officially on the scoreboard.
At the half the game is close with a 10 to 7 lead in favor of Oakland.
The Bengals receive the kick to start the second half and once again Andy Dalton is slinging the football around. He finds A.J. Green on a big gain and Jeremy Hill finishes the drive with a touchdown.
In what I hope is nothing too serious (fantasy you know) Latavius Murray is injured and lost for the game. the Raiders drive stalls with this injury and they attempt another field goal.
This time, it's good.
At the end of three, the Bengals lead by the score of 14 - 13.
Even though Khalil Mack and the Raiders defense is still making plays, the Bengals offense is tough to stop. The passing game has opened up the running game and Cincinnati has a chance to put this game away.
Jeremy Hill atones for his mistake earlier with his second touchdown of the day.
Geno Atkins and the Bengals defense put Oakland's chances to a 4th and 3.
The defense holds and the Raiders chances in week one are done.
Cincinnati takes the week one road win by the final score of 21 to 13.