Everybody will be talking about the return of the Cincinnati quarterback. The battle between the rising star and the veteran. There will undoubtedly be boos, and there will be pointed fingers to compliment. However, the fact of the matter is, the Bengals win, and they’re 6-5. Which is where they want to be.
This is a game where the Bengals will look to minimize turnovers, as they have done very well in the last two games. The Oakland offense has been pretty stagnant the last few losses, but they have the potential to put up solid points when they get on offense. Because the Bengals have that same ability, the key to a victory will be to keep their defense off the field.
The Oakland offense centers around the passing game, especially with the recent injury to Darren McFadden. It presents a problem the Bengals have had at times this season. With the offense largely relying on the pass attack, the defense can adjust with more pass coverages. Like the Bengals faced in their four-game losing streak, the Raiders have been forced to cope with defenses playing off of their few strengths. In this case, the one-dimensional offense.
I expect the Bengals to increase their streak to three wins against their old quarterback. The momentum on offense will continue, and the defense will be enough to hold their lead in the 4th quarter.
Bengals 28, Raiders 20