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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!