For the 3rd straight game, Cincinnati faces a “so-so” secondary. Against New England and Baltimore, Cincinnati has yet to establish a rhythm passing the football. Carson Palmer needs to just hit his open receivers instead of trying to please Owens and Ochocinco so much. I got into that last week. Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham are getting open, but not getting the ball.
Jimmy Clausen will make his first career start tomorrow. Matt Moore has been nothing short of horrendous thus far. When Carolina has gotten down early in the game, they’ve struggled. They don’t have the quarterback play to get back into games. As for the receivers, Steve Smith is their only legitimate threat. We know how good the tandem of Hall and Joseph are. That just makes matters worse for a passing game that is, in my opinion, the worst in the NFL.
I believe a huge key to this game is who gets the lead early on. Obviously, if Carolina gets behind, they’re going to struggle. They have, arguably, one of the greatest running back duos in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Carolina has yet to really play with a lead. That’s when they excel. The Giants dictated the tempo with Eli Manning in week one, and Tampa Bay got off to a fantastic start last week against the Panthers.
Prediction- 16-6 Cin
This may be the worst matchup of the weekend. There won’t be much scoring, and I really don’t see any of these teams establishing a rhythm offensively.
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Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!