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Week in Review: Analyzing The Bengals 2012 Schedule

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Week 9: vs. Denver Broncos

The Broncos defense is set up much like the Steelers. They generate a great pass rush and can be a quarterback’s nightmare all day long. Their secondary is very capable of hanging with receivers as well. On the offensive side of the ball, Peyton Manning, the Bengal killer, will be under center. Manning has a perfect record against the Bengals. He is one of the all-time greats and I believe that he will get his form back this season.

What the Bengals need to do: Get to Manning. Apply constant pressure on the quarterback, as Manning can get flustered in the pocket if too much pressure is applied to him. The Bengals offense needs to get going very early on. If you fall behind a Peyton Manning led team, it is very tough to battle back because he can be very resilient. This will be a difficult test for the Bengals.

Week 10: vs. New York Giants

Now, the other Manning comes to town. Eli Manning proved to be one of the best quarterbacks  in the league last season. He has great wide receivers and is clutch in the fourth-quarter. The Giants also have one of the best pass rushes in the NFL led by Jason Pierre-Paul. The weaknesses the Giants possess is in the secondary and also in the running game. These will need to be exploited to be competitive in this football game.

What the Bengals need to do: Manning should be throwing the ball early and often in this one. The Bengals will need to apply pressure to him as he will throw errant passes when under pressure. The Bengals offensive line also needs to step up their play. This may be the toughest pass rush they face all season and will need to provide Dalton with extra protection to keep him upright. It may not be a bad idea running two tight end sets in this game to help chip-block pass rushers and allow Dalton a little more time in the pocket.

Week 11: @ Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City can be a very underrated team, they have plenty of play-makers on their roster. They happened to be bitten hard by the injury bug last season and are looking to bounce back in a big way this year. Matt Cassel doesn’t impress me much as a quarterback, but he has plenty of offensive weapons to make up for his shortcomings. The Chiefs don’t have a great pass-rush, but they do have plenty of play-makers in their secondary.

What the Bengals need to do: Dalton needs to be very precise with his throws in this one. The Chiefs secondary is filled with ball-hawks. Also, the Bengals defense will need to control the Chiefs running game as they have very capable backs on their roster and they will all be healthy by this point in the season. If the Chiefs can get their running game established, it will open up doors for their passing attack. The Bengals need to shut down the running game from the beginning in this one.

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