Riding high on the tails of a Monday Night win,the Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) take on Aaron Rodgers and the high-flying Green Bay Packers (1-1) Sunday 1pm at Paul Brown Stadium. This is the kind of game that does seem like a good indicator game for both teams moving forward. This game features the high-powered, well-oiled machine also known as the Packers offense, versus the stingy Bengals defense that hasn’t allowed a 300 yard passer in 16 consecutive games,the longest active streak in the NFL.
Also,how will third year quarterback Andy Dalton rebound from a dreadful first half vs the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night. Many experts have picked Green Bay to handle the Cincinnati Bengals,but the margin is only by 3 points.
In today’s NFL, there are very few blow outs,if any. There are a few upper echelon teams out there,a few really bad teams,and about 25 or so in the middle where the margin of victory is razor-thin. Although a 10-6 record certainly looks better and yields better results than an 8-8 record, the differences between those two teams are negligible.
Look at last season, when the Bengals had to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh in order to go to the post-season. As explained on ESPN 1530, Mo Egger said it best,
“The only difference in that game was when the Steelers gave the Bengals an extra possession at the end of the game which allowed them to get into field goal range and Josh Brown to kick the game winner.”