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Cincinnati at Atlanta Preview

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Oct 24 2010 @ 12:13 am In Cincinnati Bengals | No Comments

The Bengals are coming off a bye, and will face a stiff test against the Falcons tomorrow.  Cincinnati is 2-3, and far from the football team they were last year.  There has been no consistency whatsoever thus far this year.  The schedule doesn’t get easier.  After Atlanta, the Bengals get Miami and Pittsburgh at home, and hit the road against Indianapolis. 

With the bye, coach Lewis had a lot of time to assess his team.  I wonder if Lewis will get back to the winning brand of football he showed last year; take the air out of the ball and play stingy, tough defense.  Thus far, Cincinnati has employed more of an aerial attack.  Carson Palmer hasn’t looked all that great.  He’s thrown seven touchdowns, but he’s also been picked off six times.

The thing is, against Atlanta, the aerial attack is the way to beat them.  Last week, Kevin Kolb threw the ball all over the Falcons secondary.  Receivers were always 5-10 yards open.

Defensively, the Bengals have struggled to get to the quarterback.  They have only six team sacks, tied for second least in the league.  Their best pass rusher, Antwan Odom is suspended for the next four games due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy.  I must note that Odom does not have a sack so far this year.

With the suspension of Odom, maybe this opens up some playing time for Michael Johnson.  Johnson is a DE/OLB hybrid.  He’s a guy with solid edge speed.  Johnson had a very impressive preseason, but that was preseason.

(Michael Johnson)

If Cincinnati can’t pressure Matt Ryan, Ryan should be able to pick the Bengals apart.  Even with a good secondary.  If you give a Matt Ryan a substantial amount of time to read the defense, it doesn’t matter how good your secondary is.

PREDICTION- 24-16 Atl   

I don’t like the way this Bengals team is heading.  Even though they come off a bye, I still like Atlanta.

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