The Cincinnati Bengals are one of the
most-talented teams in the NFL.
This has even led to expectations of those surrounding deep playoff
runs, and a second consecutive AFC North title.
Expectations have even gone as far as
winning the Super Bowl. While
these may or may not be justified, the Bengals have already suffered their
first loss of the season and go into Week 2 with a tough matchup against the
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is Not the Time to Worry
The Cincinnati Bengals have arguably the
toughest initial two football matchups in the 2010-11 NFL season. After all, the New England Patriots and
Baltimore Ravens are no pushovers, and represent a couple of other popular
Super Bowl prediction teams as well.
The Bengals are a team of a lot of changes
and development, and it showed against the Patriots.
The well-oiled machine in New England
suffered no turnovers, while Cincinnati lost a fumble and threw an
interception. The ever-important 3rd
down efficiency statistic also swayed toward the Eastern coast team's way -
9-13 for the Pats and a sober 8-15 for the Bengals.
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With the Bengals having probably the most
talented 1-2 WR punch in the NFL, with Chad Ochocino and Terrell Owens, growing
pains will be necessary. They will
also be much more preferred in Week 1 than in the postseason.
The reaction of Owens was particularly
encouraging - Owens was outdone by Ochocinco who got 159 yards over 12
receptions for 1 touchdown, where Owens only caught 7 passes for 53 yards in
this high-scoring affair.
"Apologies to Cincy fans" Owens stated in
a tweet, adding, "tough loss today, only week 1, we've a long season ahead, all
of you be blessed, 1 luv."
That's exactly the kind of attitude you
want from a player harassed by events in his past NFL career.
It is a long season. LB Keith Rivers and DE Jonathan Fanene
need to get healthy for the defense, while RB Brian Leonard and the
ever-important Cedric Benson need to as well offensively.
The upbuilding of the Cincinnati Bengals
will be played out through the NFL season.
Sunday's matchup against the Baltimore
Ravens will be an early test of the offensive and defensive efficiency of the
It was nice to see how Palmer, Benson,
Ochocinco, and Owens matched up against the potent Ravens defense. The defensively-dominated game was
edged out by the Bengals, who looked great against Baltimore and beat them in
their own game.
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Either way, as Owens stated, the season is
long. The Bengals have a lot more
important things to look forward to than proving everyone right or wrong. Super Bowl champions are not made in
Week 1, much to the disappointment of teams like the Houston Texans, who managed
who grind out the victory once again against the Redskins.
Next, the Cincinnati Bengals face the
Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, and Tampa Bay Bucs before their bye week.
For a team that is looking to build up in
terms of efficiency and chemistry - how can you not like their chances to
improve looking forward?