Last week the Bengals had a lot of high expectations that some spectators didn't think they met in an ugly showing against Dallas in the Hall of Fame game.
This week the Bengals came out with something to show a home crowd as the game was not sold out and they did just that.
It was a rough start for the Bengals they gave up a touchdown on the opening drive for the Broncos and the first drive for Cincy ended with a dropped pass by Terrell Owens and a missed field goal.
It looked even worse as the penalties continued to plague the team and then Denver scored yet again to make it 14-0.
The starting offense stayed on the field the whole first quarter and ended their last drive with a touchdown by Cedric Benson.
This Denver secondary was a good one and it took Palmer a few throws to know to stay away from veteran corner Champ Bailey. Bailey caused all three of Carson Palmer's incomplete passes.
Palmer was more efficient this week going 12-15 for 105 yards. The biggest difference was rookies Jordan Shipley and first round pick Jermaine Gresham.
Gresham has already proven to be a weapon for Palmer being thrown to three times and catching each gaining 37 yards.
When they started covering Gresham they brought Shipley in the game and he made 5 catches for 50 yards and he was a huge key to the Bengals scoring their first touchdown. Terrell Owens had high praise for the rookie in his transition from college to pro football.
If you had to give a game ball to the most productive player for this game its without a doubt second year running back Bernard Scott.
Scott showed flashes of greatness last season gaining over 100 yards against the Raiders when Cedric Benson was down with injury.
Tonight Scott had a productive night in every phase that he could gaining 138 total yards in this game. He had 25 kick return yards, 68 rushing yards, and 48 receiving yards.
I said it last season I can see this guy being a key player in the Bengals offense and I think he can definitely take pressure off of Benson in the back field and provide an explosive boost.
The Bengals have a great problem with their offense in having many weapons. The line was giving Palmer great protection after a couple series and if they can do that this season it will be nearly impossible to stop this offense.
The number one and two receivers just so happen to be Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens known for explosive plays as well as mouths. You have a threat at tight end with Jermaine Gresham that can't be left unnoticed. You have three players fighting for the slot position in Jordan Shipley, Andre Caldwell, and Matt Jones that have made big plays.
Those are just receivers then you have to worry about Cedric Benson, one of the best backs in the league. Bernard Scott is behind him on the depth chart who not only can run but can burn you in the screen game.
Last but not least you have Carson Palmer the Heisman trophy winning first round pick who has proven he can do great with talent when he won the Pro-Bowl MVP a few years back. When he has protection he will find the open receiver and I have a feeling this will be the biggest year yet.
The defense struggled a bit tonight, but they just know what they need to work on now and I expect them to get things done come Friday. They did have a pick six to go up 17-14 in the second quarter. They also forced a fumble in the third to set up a score.
This was what we expected to see last week and this proves that all the credit goes to the Cowboys for shutting the Bengals down.
Even though Ochocinco only had one catch and T.O had four don't take that as a bad thing. It's fantastic because they're taking the attention off the tight end and slot receivers. So get your popcorn ready because come week one I guarantee you the Bengals will be ready to play.
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