The New England Patriots enter Paul Brown Stadium with a plethora of offense at their disposal that they intend to use against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. I think it is safe to say that barring a total collapse of Randy-Moss proportions (pun semi-intended), the PAtriots will visit yet again the postseason. The Bengals, on the other hand, are 1-2 and need this game in the worst way to keep up with the Pittsburgh Steelers and have a chance at a wild-card berth.
The Patriots offense begins and ends with quarterback Tom Brady (70-for-88, 887 yards, 10 TD’s and only 1 INT) and their wide receiver Randy Moss, who is having a career year (22-403-5). Add into the mix WR Wes Welker (20-221-1) and running back Laurence Maroney (54-252) and you have the nucleus of what is easily the most potent offense in the NFL coming into this week. Simply put, their offense (ranked #1) along with their #1 ranked defense, should make this game into an offensive explosion.
The Bengals aren’t exactly slouches on offense, either. Led by their star QB Carson Palmer (80-for-125, 937 yards, 9 TD’s, 4 INT’s), along with the always productive WR Chad Johnson (25-442-3 TD’s), and fellow WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (29-260-4 TD’s), the Bengals are anything but dull on offense. They do have a problem for at least this week – RB Rudi Johnson is out this week (hamstroing), so Kenny Watson takes the majority of carries this week. Their defense is why the team is 1-2 thus far. They’re ranked #29 overall, so with the Bengals so far, you pretty much know what to expect.
If the Bengals expect to win Monday night, they will need a superior performance from Palmer, Johnson and Houshmandzadeh to even have a chance vs. the Patriots. The Patriots just haveto continue doing what they do best – pass the ball, run when necessary and smother the Bengals’ offensive line. Expect that to happen as the end resuly will be yet another Patriots victory along with a 4-0 record.