After a thrilling win against the New York Giants, it would be understandable if the Bengals suffered a letdown. But this is a severely underachieving Chiefs team, and Arrowhead Stadium will not the the daunting environment that it would be when the Chiefs are winning.
With Brady Quinn expected to start and Brian Daboll calling the plays, the Bengals will face a duo of mediocrity from the other side ofOhio. Not unlike their days with the Browns, Quinn and Daboll are running an offense whose strength is in the running game. Even though it looks likely that Matt Cassel will get the start, the Bengals’ defensive line will likely pressure either quarterback into throwing interceptions and taking sacks.
If the Bengals score early, the Chiefs offense is not built to come back from behind. Jamaal Charles can rip off a big run, but their best receiver, and only consistent threat, Dwayne Bowe, is more suited for the short and intermediate passing game. The Chiefs defense has a pair of highly underrated pass-rushing bookends, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, but the Bengals have the best pass-blocking unit in the league.
Plus, the Chiefs secondary is the second straight defensive backfield that the Bengals will overmatch. Cornerback Brandon Flowers is good, but he will not be able to keep up with A.J. Green, even if safety Eric Berry brackets him. If they do stop Green, there will be nobody left physical enough to handle Mohamed Sanu or Jermaine Gresham. The Bengals running game will likely take advantage of a poorKansas Citydefensive line to be mediocre, which is better than the usual pitiful attack
Cincinnati 35, Kansas City 17
The Bengals finally put everything together last week against the defending Super Bown champs, and now get to face the worst team in the league.Kansas City had a golden opportunity Monday to upset Pittsburgh but lost in overtime. Cincinnati can’t play that well every week, but they have more than enough to beat the Chiefs.
Cincinnati 24, Kansas City 17
This might not be the walk in the park that most are so easily forecasting as the Bengals come off last week’s big win against New York. While the Chiefs haven’t won at home yet this season, they are still the 4th best rushing attack in the NFL. In games the have won, Kansas Cityhas rushed for an average 170 yards per game. When losing, they still manage 117 yards. Further, the Chiefs have the 8th rated pass defense. Nonetheless, KC’s issues have been turn-overs and highly inconsistent play from multiple areas, which, with Cincinnati’s big-time offensive exploitations, could be a critical difference. If the Chiefs play flawless football, this will be a tough game, but with Kansas City not scoring more than 16 points in the last five games and Cincinnati not scoring less than 17 in a game since Week 1; its unlikely that the Bengals will let’s this one get away.