Week in Review: Bengals Season Previews and Predictions

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Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) is congratulated by fans at the end of the game against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Giants 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

 

The Bengals have renewed pride after blowing out the defending Super Bowl Giants, and will look to continue playing at a high level through the duration of the regular season. Here’s a look at my previews and predictions for each game left on their schedule.

First up, they pay a visit to a dismantled Kansas City Chiefs team coming off a short week. Look for the Bengals to ride lots of momentum in this one, particularly re-establishing a strong defense. The Chiefs are in the midst of quarterback issues, and are one of just two teams winless at home so far this season. Bengals win, 27-10.

After the Chiefs game, they return home to face a familiar face in Carson Palmer and his Raiders. On stat rings in my head when I think of the Oakland Raiders. 55-20 against the Ravens. Their defense has simply become almost non-existent, as they have given up 97 points the last two weeks. That has to be some sort of record, right? Palmer can’t do enough to beat his former team as the Bengals win 28-20.

Things get a little tougher when they travel to San Diego, but don’t expect Cincinnati to disappoint against a Chargers team trending the opposite direction. Philip Rivers has been pretty solid besides 12 interceptions, but his receivers haven’t been helping him out much, and their defense isn’t good enough to keep them in games by itself. Bengals win 23-20.

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