Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals center Mike Pollak (76) prepares to snap the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals
Probably the most anticipated game for both Bengals fans and Carson Palmer. It will be the Bengals third primetime game in just as many weeks, when it was flexed to Sunday night by the NFL. Palmer will face his old team for the second time in his fifth season away from the Bengals franchise. The first time didn’t go so well and Bengals fans hope for the same a week from Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals, coached by former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and led by Carson Palmer, is familiar with the Bengals organization. Palmer and Arians are both unfamiliar with what this team can really do.
The defense has been much improved over the last few seasons and their 6-2 start has reflected that. Players like Tyrann Mathieu and Rashad Johnson have created havoc at safety and made plays to end drive with six picks between them. This team is 2-1 vs. AFC North opponents with one to play, the Bengals. The Bengals are 1-0 vs. the NFC West with a fourth quarter and overtime lights out win against Seattle. Unlike the Seattle game, it will be at Arizona, with a little more of a hostile crowd.
The Bengals can win this game, as they have proven with wins against the Steelers, Seahawks, and Chiefs already this year. If they can keep the momentum through the next few weeks, they could clinch the AFC North early and fight the Broncos for the first round bye. Most people in Pittsburgh seem to already have turned their attention to the Wildcard.
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