To put it plainly, the Bengals won a monster game today. It was a crazy afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium and despite committing 4 turnovers on consecutive drives in the 1st half, having several questionable penalties go against them all while playing against arguably the best QB in the NFL in Aaron Rodgers, the Bengals still walked off the field winners by a final score of 34-30. Read more by clicking here.
The Bengals will have another big test tomorrow afternoon when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take the field at Paul Brown Stadium against Cincinnati. Both teams come in with a record of 1-1, the Bengals got their first win of the season this past Monday night at home with a 20-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Packers took care of business defeating the Washington Redskins at home 38-20 and racking up over 500 yards of total offense.
Cincinnati will be a bit shorthanded in the defensive backfield as CB Brandon Ghee is still out (concussion), CB Dre Kirkpatrick is doubtful (doubtful) and nickle CB Adam Jones is questionable (abdomen). The team signed free agent corner Curtis Marsh who was most recently with the Philadelphia Eagles and promoted corner Chris Lewis-Harris from the practice squad. It’s not the most ideal situation considering the Packers are averaging over 480 yards of offense per game so far and Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards through the air alone last week again the Redskins. The Packers will be without starting free safety Morgan Burnett and backup corners Casey Hayward and Jarrett Bush, also RB Eddie Lacy is not expected to play although he is listed as questionable for the game.
The Bengals will need to have a productive yet balanced attack on offense while winning the turnover battle and avoiding mistakes and stupid penalties which have plagued them during the first two games. The Packers will score points but the way to beat them is not by getting into a shootout but rather by controlling the clock, not making mistakes, and winning the time of possession battle. I think this will be a close game in the end.
My prediction: Packers 30, Bengals 28