Buccaneers-Bengals Preview: Cincy Rates A Low B; Bucs Get a High "Sea"

Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst IOctober 9, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls out the play in the first half against the New England Patriots during the NFL season opener on September 12, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay @ Cincinnati (-7)

So much for the Bengals sweeping AFC North games this year. Cincinnati lost at Cleveland 23-20, despite 371 yards passing from Carson Palmer and 222 receiving yards from Terrell Owens. Cincy will look to get back in the win column against the 2-1 Buccaneers, coming off a bye week.

"Ahoy mateys," said Owens. "They may be 2-1 and only one game out of the NFC South lead, but if I had to give them a grade, I'd go no better than a 'high sea' for the Buccaneers.

As for me, I'd give me an 'A.' As for Chad Ochocinco, I'd rate his play a 'B,' but I'd give his cereal, 'Ochocinco's,' an 'R,' as in 'rated R.' What kind of cereal leaves a phone number to a sex hot line on the box? I'll tell you what kind. One in which most of the boxes are still on the shelf, because they were made 'in bad taste.'"

The Bucs will have to be at their best to beat the Bengals, who will be still stinging from last week's lost to the Browns.

"If we can keep Carson Palmer, Owens, and Ochocinco in check," said Ronde Barber, "we can win. Palmer won't throw for 371 yards against us. Palmer's much like Robert Palmer — he's surrounded by divas."

Cincinnati wins a back-and-forth struggle, winning on a Mike Nugent 48-yard field goal.

Bengals win, 22-20.