Chad and Ray Lewis after a game last season…...
It is almost time, tonight the Bengals have their home and season opener of 2007 against the Ravens in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. The Bengals seem to show up pretty well for evening games at home, and despite facing the defending division champs tonight, we like their chances. Here are a few things that need to go the Bengals way if they want to win this one.
- Run Defense – this has been a sore spot for the Bengals for years, and the running offense has been lackluster for the Ravens for the past couple seasons as well. But with the addition of Willis Magahee to the Ravens, he could give the Bengals fits all night.
- Todd Heap – Heap is a Bengals killer and always has been. He had 113 yards against Cincy last year and over 100 and two scores in 2005. The Bengals need to contain Heap in the red zone.
- Turnovers – While this is a point of emphasis every week in the NFL, it is especially true against the Ravens. The Bengals cannot afford to give the ball away and let the Ravens D score. With Ed Reed and Ray Lewis waiting to pounce, Palmer and the boys really need to take care of the ball.
- Bengals O-Line – With 3/5 of the line banged up the worries about keeping Carson protected are high. If the line can hold well for the Bengals tonight, and all season for that matter, it will make a huge difference for this offense.
When it is all said and done, I like our boys to pull this one out, but it will not be pretty. I am gonna say Carson and T.J hook up for long score and Shayne Graham does the rest of the work. Bengals win 19-13.
Don’t forget, it is an early start tonight, the game will be on at 7pm EST as the first part of a doubleheader on Monday Night Football.