It should be no surprise that the acquisition of Terrell Owens has led to an abundance of Bengals coverage in cyberspace. ESPN.com’s James Walker and NFL.com’s Steve Wyche both think it will work. Walker brings up an interesting point, the weaknesses of other AFC North secondaries.
” The Baltimore Ravens‘ secondary is banged up. The Cleveland Browns have young corners and safeties, and the Pittsburgh Steelers still have work to do to get back to their 2008 form. Adding Owens will help strengthen Cincinnati and take advantage of other division teams’ weaknesses. The Bengals were at their best passing the ball when T.J. Houshmandzadeh was able to take advantage of Ochocinco being double-teamed. Now AFC North defenses will have to consider bringing back that strategy. Overall, adding Owens for one year — at their price — was a good move by the Bengals”
And Wyche notes that the Bengals’ offensive line must improve as well. Although the unit was solid last season in the run game, it was hardly an elite pass-blocking unit. Andre Smith in particular offers hope for improvement.
“Cincinnati also must get more from tackle Andre Smith, last year’s first-round draft pick, who was set back his rookie season because of a contract holdout and a foot injury. One reason the Bengals passed the fifth fewest times in the NFL is because the pass protection wasn’t solid. Their low total of sacks allowed is deceiving because they ran the ball so much, which played to the strength of their offensive line.”
Joe Reedy has also kept busy, reporting that Carlos Dunlap has signed and relaying some interesting prop bets from Vegas on T.O.