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Sunday, September 26, 2010

V/S Cincinnati, Game Three

Looks to be a very wet home game, featuring the first start for would-be franchise player Jimmy Clausen against a top Cincinnati defense.

On paper, Cincy is clearly the better team. A top CB duo, a solid pass rush, two good posession receivers, and a hard-nosed, second chance RB to go with Carson Palmer at QB. It's a lot to deal with, a playoff level team.

But playing without mistakes (especially at QB and CB), there's room to attack. Steve Smith might have to be a decoy, working the edges underneath him and feeding the backs and tight ends.

As well, Pacman Jones is out, so they need to spread and run, spread and throw, and just force them to put as many DBs on the field as possible.

Most of all, the Bengals aren't great at stacking the run, much less without 8 in the box. Carolina probably can't keep them out of stacking the line, but they can still run.
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