When the New Orleans Saints take the field against the Cincinnati Bengals it seems like the game would not have as much draw, since the Bengals are having a sub-par season. The latest NFL line posted by Saints vs Bengals">BetEd.com listed the Saints as 6.5 point favorites, as the hometown team is a pronounced underdog.
But leave it to flamboyant wide receiver Chad Ochocinco to make things interesting. Ochocinco used Twitter to take on the Saints, and more precisely safety Darren Sharper, before kickoff.
"Who Dey vs. Who Dat this Sunday, who are you going with in this game?" Ochocinco wrote, "Thinking of fighting Darren Sharper in pregame just because I can win."
Usually Ochocinco will use Twitter to mock other defenders before a meeting, but this is the first time that he suggested he would throw down with an opposing player. As could be expected, Sharper did not take kind to his words and had a response for the loose-lipped wide receiver:
"You'll see when his helmet comes off on the first time I hit him whether it's fun -- see how much smiling there's going to be happening then. Then you'll see if it's fun or if it's games," Sharper said, "I don't play games when it comes to the field. You tell Ochocinco that you got to see me on Sunday. Believe it, Twitter king."
This is enough to get fans of the NFL to tune in after the fight between Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan a week ago. One of those interested viewers will most likely be NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
If Ochocinco and Sharper fight on Sunday should the penalty be more severe?
The Twitter chat from Ochocinco is not enough to avoid a blackout for the Bengals. After selling out 57 games straight, the Bengals have struggled to get fans to show up in the last two home games. However if the Bengals beat the Saints on Sunday, that might get a few fans back.
The Saints are playing better football of late, but this is a prime letdown spot. After all the Saints are 1-7 against the spread (ATS0 when they face a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as a road favorite.
The Bengals are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as a home underdog and the pregame trash talk could draw some unwanted penalties from the Saints' secondary.
The Bengals are providing better pass blocking for quarterback Carson Palmer with the emergence of Anthony Collins who will see more playing time this week. The added protection will give Palmer time to find his arsenal of weapons to include Terrell Owens, Jordan Shipley and of course, Ochocinco.
The Bengals may not pull off the upset, but they will keep it close enough to take the points in this game.
Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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