Ugh. That is only way to describe the performance of the Cincinnati Bengals offense in week one, as they put up 99 yards passing from one of the best QB’s in the league – Carson Palmer. The team only put up 154 yards against the Ravens in a lackluster 17-10 loss. The Bengals come home for their home opener on Sunday, as they take on the tough Tennessee Titans, a team that will have to go with backup QB Kerry Collins for an injured Vince Young.
The Titans played a smash mouth affair with the Jags last Sunday at LP Field, and won a tough game 17-10. They are led by their running game, as both Chris Johnson and LenDale White combine for a solid 1-2 punch that will pound the sluggish Bengals D-line. Collins will play it safe, as he is a solid vet that can come in and get things done in a pinch. He won’t make killer mistakes, unlike the QB that he’s playing for – Vince Young.
The Bengals have to put opening day behind them, and should have a much better outing with a week of practice for Palmer and the rest of his offense. No question the team was totally out of sync last Sunday, and they will be anxious to prove they are a lot better than the beating they got at the hands of the Ravens.
Tennessee’s top notch defense will look to top the Bengals by putting pressure on Palmer and not allowing backs like Chris Perry to do much running the ball. Palmer will spread the field and look to get things going early with his big two – Chad and T.J. This is a tough spot for Tennessee, as they are better than the Bengals, but for whatever reason the Bengals will find a way, and match their record at 1-1.