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Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Sep 13 2010 @ 3:20 pm In Cincinnati Bengals | No Comments

By the time the Bengals offense finally got started it was 31-3.  That came after a Brandon Tate kickoff return for touchdown to start the 3rd quarter.  This was such a dominating win by the Patriots that I came away with more questions than answers.  Is the Patriots defense better than I expected, or is the Bengals offense still trying to figure it out.  During obvious passing situations for the Bengals in the 1st half, the offensive line struggled.  This was a problem last year as well.

In my preview, I was curious how the Bengals defense would approach covering Wes Welker.  Well, they didn’t put Jonathan Joseph on him.  They kept him outside.  Welker had a great game, catching 8 balls for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He continually ran underneath, and the Bengals couldn’t tackle the guy.  

Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots carries the ball as Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals defends during the NFL season opener on September 12, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Bengals 38-24.

(Wes Welker)

New England had some very unique formations throughout the game.  Their 1st touchdown came on a bunch way wide to the left.  They lined up 2 tight ends with Welker behind them.  It was a well designed play and Welker trotted in from 9 yards out.   

Defensive Coordinator tried to bring pressure, tried to sit back in coverage, but nothing worked.  The pressure couldn’t get there in time, and with a four man rush, it gave Brady all day to throw and he picked Cincinnati apart. 

If there is one bright spot, the receiving core didn’t look bad.  As long as they can get protection, the receivers were open.

As for the running game, Benson couldn’t get anything going.  Bernard Scott had a strong 2nd half, but I don’t know how much to really read into that.  He did play fast.

All in all, the Bengals got whipped but it’s just one game, and I wasn’t expecting a Cincinnati win.  Next week, the Baltimore Ravens come to town.  The Bengals won both confrontations last season, but Baltimore has a revamped offense.

 My Notes

To show you kind of how I watch a game, here are my observations and notes throughout the game.  I stopped once it got to 17-0.

Cin 1st Poss

1st play TO, great play by McCourty

TO on 2nd play 14 yds

Tight benson 7 yards

Benson 2 yds

Palmer sacked

NE 1st Poss

5 wide Welker 1st play for 5

bunch Taylor 4 yd rush

Hernandez huge gain

Run right 5 yds

Welker bunch wide left with 2 TE Welker 9 yd td

Diversified play selection

72 yards 5 plays 7-0 NE 

Cin 2nd Poss 

Wr screen Ocho-Cinco 9 yds

Benson run left –1 yd Patriots defense, young guys faster

Palmer misses Coats wide open

Patriots are smashing the line of scrimmage in known pass situations 

NE 2nd Poss

Faulk draw 9 yds

Taylor left

Ran it 3 times Morris 2 yds

Long for Moss inc

Taylor left 5 yds

Moss wr screen 9 yds, receivers blocking very well

Taylor run right 24 yds, Bengals defense very off balanced

Moss 5 yds quick slant

Taylor middle, 2 yds Peko

Faulk dropped a 1st down pass, Bengals trying to blitz more and make Brady more quicker decisions

32 yd FG GOOD 10-0 NE

10 play drive 

Cin 3rd Poss 

Palmer nice throw, Ocho Cinco 13 yd slant

Stretch left, Benson good cut inside

Run left Benson fumbles NE Rec 

NE 3rd Poss 

FS Pen, 5 yd to Tate

Welker screen, 0 yds

Faulk killed by Joseph forced the drop

47 yd FG NO GOOD

Cin 4th Poss 

Benson –2 yd run, Tully Banta-Cain again in the backfield

Bootleg Gresham 4 yd gain

Owens 2 yd gain

NE 4th Poss 

Green-Ellis 4 yd run

Great play by Crocker deep against Moss, great throw by Brady

Brady getting great protection, finds Tate for nice gain

Moss shakes Joseph on wr screen, but Bengals blitz not working

Great tight coverage, Hall on island Welker on deep ball

Moss 2 yd quick pass, this time Joseph good coverage

Nice catch by Faulk, but again great protection

Dropped by Hernandez, pass a bit behind him

Welker dropped, Rivers may have tipped it

Welker TD inside slant 

Cin 5th Poss 

Pass behind Owens on slant

Gresham 7 yds underneath

Shipley 3 yds 1st 1st down

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