Bengals at Saints: Game Information and Staff Predictions
Nov 6, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A Cincinnati Bengals fan looks on in the stands during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Browns won 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Game Time: 1:00pm ET
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TV: The game will be broadcast on your local CBS channel. Greg Gumbel will be providing the color commentary while Trent Green provides the analysis.
Local Radio: The game will be broadcasted on Cincinnati’s WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530), WEBN-FM (102.7), and WLW-AM (700). Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and former Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive lineman Dave Lapham (analyst) will be the announcers. Bengals.com has also provided a list of other radio broadcasts in the local area.
Streaming and Listening Online: The game can be viewed through the NFL’s Game Rewind once the game has concluded. The NFL network also offers its Audio Pass for online listening.
Predictions from the Staff
The Saints at home is not going to be the place to turn it around for the flailing Bengals who are playing uninspired football. With several key starters still out (Newman, A.Smith, Rey M., Vontaze, and Gio), the Bengals will be outmatched and outcoached. My prediction is Jimmy Graham has 150 yards and two touchdowns and Mark Ingram has 160 yards with two touchdowns.
Saints 40 – Bengals 13
Bengals win a very tough game. Dalton improves his play, but continues to show moments of inconsistency. The run game improves as they stick to it early and often rather than air it out. The defense is irked and finally comes together for a hard fought, tough win in New Orleans.
Bengals 27 – Saints 24
The Bengals are floundering right now and run into a terribly difficult matchup for them as the Saints possess an incredible tight end and a strong running game; two things the Bengals have struggled with all year. This while the Saints have an excellent coach in Sean Payton.
The Bengals will be able to move the ball against the Saints’ weak defense and this game will come down to whether or not they can run the ball effectively to keep Drew Brees off the field. In the end, the Bengals fall short as the offense can’t keep Brees off the field enough.
Saints 31 – Bengals 24
Plain and simple, the Saints don’t lose at home. Well, they did last week, but they surely won’t lose two in a row. The Saints will be without Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas, and possibly cornerback Keenan Lewis. They also just lost one of the most emotional back and forth games they’ve ever played in New Orleans and watched a “Hail Mary” get called back due to OPI.
Enter the Bengals, who are an absolute wounded animal after being blown out in three losses, most recently to the Browns. Quarterback Andy Dalton looks to bounce back from a historically bad performance as the Bengals look to win on the road for just the second time versus the 4-5 Saints. If the Bengals want to maintain any kind of hope of winning the AFC North while proving they are still worthy of a home playoff game, then it starts by beating Drew Brees and company in New Orleans. Despite the Bengals desperate need for a win, the Saints will come out on top in this one. The Saints are a 7.5 point favorite, and while they won’t cover the spread, they’ll send the Queen City Kitties packing with a loss.
Saints 24 – Bengals 20