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The Cincinnati Bengals are facing their most formidable schedule in over a decade. Being what it may, the following are the bullet points for success or simply survival:
Top Questions for 2010:
- Offensive Coordination: Will it get creative now there are options or not?
- Defense: What will Pac-man do (on and off the field)? Will the pass rush materialize and the safety upgrade work?
- Tight End: How will Grisham and Kelly work at this position? Will Chase Coffman be the odd man out?
- Wide Receiver: Will Antonio Bryant be what he is touted to be or just another Laverneus Coles? Will Matt Jones bounce back from his one year hiatus?
- Road Trip: Weeks Three and Four are back to back away games with two sub-par teams (at Carolina Panthers then at Cleveland Browns). This is a steal considering most teams face harder back to back weeks. (Carolina could be a shocker though if the Bengals don’t build on early season momentum).
- Short Weeks: Monday, November 8th hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers, six days later at Indianapolis Colts (Sunday, November 14th). Sunday November 21st hosting the Buffalo Bills, 4 days later playing at the New York Jets. Over these 18 days, the most brutal part is not only the opponents but the fact that for every game day there is 4.5 days which from the perspective of recovery from game to game – will be brutal. The injuries during these three weeks will be watched for as the season is quite literally on the line at this point. For the Bengals to go 2-2 over this period would be acceptable, anything less and they are going to be in trouble. Anything more and they are reaching into elite status.
- Road Warriors: Can the Bengals capitalize away from home?