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Despite 0-1 start, Bengals will win the AFC North

Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:37 pm
Cincinnati Bengals 2010 Season

Although starting the season with a disappointing loss to the Patriots, I am still a firm believer that the season is not lost. The Bengals started the first half of football looking like the Bungles of old, only producing a total of 127 yards, 0 of them being rushing, and ended the half losing 24-3. Things just seemed to get worse when Brandon Tate returns a kick for the patriots to put them up 31-3. From this point on the Bengals showed flashes of greatness, one play in particular in which Palmer hooked up with Chad Ochocinco for a touchdown to make the score 17-31. In my opinion the Bengals beat themselves in this game. I'm not saying the end result would be different, but I think the score of this game was deceiving. If not for the costly pick-6, and the second half kick return, this could have potentially been an overtime game. Based on this, here are my reasons why i still feel the Cincinnati Bengals will still win their division. 
The Bengals also opened up the 2009 season with a costly loss to the Denver Broncos, a loss in week 1 tends to not have much effect on a season. For example the San Diego Chargers opened up last season at 2-3 before going on to finish 12-4. The Bengals definitely turned things around the second half of the NE game, only allowing one offensive touchdown, and finally getting things going on the offense. If the Bengals can perform like they did the rest of this season, they should easily be able to turn things around. If the Bengals can manage to pull off a win against the Ravens at home next week, they have 3 "easy" wins after that, in the Panthers, Browns, and Buccaneers With all of this in context, here are my predictions for the rest of the Bengals 2010 season

Week 2
Baltimore @ CincinnatiW Cin 28-Bal 21
I feel Cincinnati will ride the momentum from the second half of the loss to New England, and will avoid the costly mistakes that hurt them so much, and walk away with a hard fought win at home against Baltimore. 

Week 3
Cincinnati @ CarolinaW Car 10-Cin 17
Carolina didn't look too impressive in its week 1 opener against the Giants, and Matt Moore in particular, needs to improve alot. I think Cincinnati walks away with a win to improve to 2-1 on the season

Week 4
Cincinnati @ ClevelandW Cle 13-Cin 35
This shouldn't be a very tough game seeing as Cincinnati always performs at the top of its game in Cleveland, and Palmer tends to put up career games against the Browns. Cincinnati should have no trouble pulling away with the win in Cleveland.

Week 5
Tampa Bay @ CincinnatiW Cin 28-TB 17
Tampa didn't look bad in its opener against Cleveland, but then again, it is the Browns. Tampa has shown some improvement, but I don't feel its enough to beat a contender like the Bengals.

Week 6

Week 7
Cincinnati @ AtlantaW Atl 14-Cin 17

Although the game is in Atlanta, I think Cincinnati pulls away in a tight game here. Atlanta's offense didn't look very impressive in it's opener against the Steelers, but their defense really stood its ground and held tight throughout most of the game. Due to this i feel it will remain a close game, but i think Cincinnati can pull it away.

Week 8
Miami @ CincinnatiW Mia 14-Cin 27

Cincinnati will continue the win streak at home against Miami pumping out some points against Miami's sub-par defense

Week 9
Pittsburgh @ CincinnatiW Cin 17- Pit 14
This matchup is always bound to be a great game, seeing as its a huge rivalry game. There's alpt of bad blood between these two teams, but i think Cincinnati wins this one at home in a big Monday night game, improving to 6-1 on the season.

Week 10
Cincinnati @ IndianapolisL Ind 31-Cin 21
I think this is where Cincinnati's win streak ends, as they travel to Indianapolis and face off against the best passing attack in the NFL. This will be the biggest test of the season for Cincinnati's secondary, but i don't think Cincinnati can walk away with this one.

Week 11
Buffalo @ CincinnatiW Cin 27-Buf 7
Cincinnati should have an easy home win here against the Buffalo Bills, who in my opinion are in a rebuilding stage, and in dire need of a quarterback.

Week 12
Cincinnati @ New York JetsL NY 27-Cin 10
As much as I would love to see it happen, I don't think the Bengals can pull off a win against the Jets on the road. The Jets have just built too much of a team to fall at home this late in the season, and should pull away with a win against the Bengals for the third straight time.

Week 13
New Orleans @ CincinnatiL Cin 17-NO 28
Even though its a home game, I feel the Saints, and Drew Brees will just be too much for the Bengals to handle, and will lose a tough game at home.

Week 14
Cincinnati @ PittsburghW Pit 10-Cin 17
Cincinnati should pull this one out on the road against the Steelers, to make the sweep of Pittsburgh and improve to 9-4, and hopefully be atop the division at this point.

Week 15
Cleveland @ CincinnatiW Cin 17-Cle 6
I don't think i could see Cincinnati losing to Clevelend at home, at a crucial point in the season such as this, and i think Cincinnati will win this one, in good fashion.

Week 16
San Diego @ CincinnatiW Cin 31-SD 28
Cincinnati nearly pulled off a win against a better Charger team a year ago, IN San Diego. I think this time around the Bengals will walk away with the win, in a close game, and earn payback for last years tough loss.

Week 17
Cincinnati @ BaltimoreL Bal 21-Cin 28
This will be a tough game for the Bengals, on the road against the Ravens, and could quite possibly determine the division. Although i feel the Bengals should already have the division clenched by this point, and shouldn't be hurt too much by a loss here.

It will definitely be a tough season for the Bengals, but I think they will manage to walk away with an 11-5 record, and should manage to make a run in the playoffs this season. I know i will take alot of criticism for these predictions, but in my opinion, every bit of this is possible, and I'm looking forward to a great season!

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2010 9:46 pm

Despite 0-1 start, Bengals will win the AFC North

So the Bengals will bet the Steelers by 3 in Cincy and by 10 in Pittsburgh? Makes sense.

Since: Mar 18, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2010 8:34 pm

Despite 0-1 start, Bengals will win the AFC North

Yeah i do agree:people are crazy to think the bengals will beat the steelers twice this season.what makes me laugh is when they say the bengals will win the AFC NORTH that just isnt going to happen this year.     
;     &nbs

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2010 5:12 pm

Despite 0-1 start, Bengals will win the AFC North

I think the Bengals will beat the Steelers in Cincinnati, but I think it'll be a tough time for them to win the division.  I think 8-8 or 9-7 is about right, and the Ravens will win the AFC North (PUKE!). 

In the meantime, Big Ben will come back after a four game suspension, and the Steelers will have a divided locker room.  That will quickly explode after Big Ben is once again accused of raping a woman at a Pittsburgh night club during week 12, and Goodell will suspend Big Ben for the duration of the season pending an investigation.  Meanwhile, Pittsburgh will get of him after his third rape accusation, but it will be too little too late for many to believe that the franchise still has a shred of integrity or class left.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:52 pm

Despite 0-1 start, Bengals will win the AFC North

haha your crazy buddy no chance in hell do the bengals beat the steelers twice this season....i will be suprised if you even beat us once....big ben will be back our defense is back to 08 form steelers are taking this division back

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