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Cincinnati at Cleveland Preview

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Oct 2 2010 @ 10:31 pm In Cincinnati Bengals | No Comments

The Bengals are 2-1, but they don’t feel like a 2-1 football team.  It’s been a tale of two units.  The defense, besides week one has played quite well.  The offense on the other hand has been dreadful. 

If the Cincinnati offense can’t get it going against Cleveland, then this offense just may not get going at all.  In five trips to Cleveland in his career, Carson Palmer has a touchdown/interception ration of 14-6.  His quarterback rating is 95.5. 

Yes, Palmer looks dreadful thus far this year, but he shouldn’t shoulder all of the blame.  The offensive line has been flat out attricious in pass protection.  Palmer always seems to be under heavy pressure.

Cleveland’s offense isn’t much better, but they may have something in running back Peyton Hillis.  Against one of the best run defenses in football last week against the Baltimore Ravens, Hillis rushed it 22 times for 144 yards.  When Jamal Lewis retired last year it looked like Jerome Harrison would be the running back of the future.  He still may be, but Hillis is a bit like Mike Alstott.  He and Harrison are nice complements to one another.  I’m eager to see some strength on strength with Hillis trying to get by Bengals DT Domata Peko.

With these two Ohio teams, you never know what kind of game to expect.  You may get a 51-45 shootout like it was in 2007 or a 14-0 snoozefest.


Cleveland played well last week against a very good Baltimore team.  I don’t like the way Cincinnati is playing, I see an upset here.

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