GET OUR TOP TIPS

FOLLOW CRUNCHSPORTS

NFL - Cincinnati Bengals Preview

(credit: Chris Breeze)

The play of draft picks is the key to their improvement.

The great thing about the NFL draft is that players (at least in the early rounds) usually come NFL-ready. They have the size and strength capable of handling the physical duties of playing in the National Football League. If a team drafts well, it can pay immediate dividend and turn a team around within the same calendar year. That is certainly the hope in Cincinnati who used the draft to address their most pressing needs.

They used the 6th overall pick to recruit Andre Smith who should take over the left tackle position and make their offensive line that much better. In fact there's likely to be three new starters on the line with the idea of making it a more nimble group. Too often last year they let the defensive backs reach QB Carson Palmer and that's something Palmer hopes to avoid, naturally.

No Quarterback likes to be sacked, but especially Palmer who has had two major injuries in the last 4 years, the latter being an elbow injury in 2008 to which Palmer says is completely healed. He'll be anxious to return to form and show the world he is in fact an elite quarterback in the NFL. It'll be interesting because his receiving core is basically a new group.

First and foremost, of course, is the departure of T.J. Houshmandzadeh to Seattle and the arrival of Laveranues Coles. Houshmandzadeh is an outstanding receiver, but Coles might present more of a deep threat, a target Palmer will enjoy. Chad Ochocinco has apparently had a very aggressive offseason conditioning season and is looking to rebound from his career low 540 receiving yards last year. Evidently he and Carson Palmer roomed together in July in order to get their groove back.

When healthy and focused, those two are one of the better tandems in the league. Chris Henry has off-field issues to work on, but remains a nice target for Palmer. He's got a couple of Tight End options too that he could reach deep downfield. Palmer's stats should be sky high this year if he plays the full season.

The weakest part of their offense is their running game, with Ceric Benson coming back for a full season after playing only a handful of contests for the Bengals last year. Benson is reliable and capable of breakaway speed and should have a good full season campaign. The worry is that after Benson, the cupboard is bare as the team still needs a reliable backup.

Two Backs that compliment one another is a sexy trend in the NFL and as of right now, the Bengals do not possess that asset. They acquired Brian Leonard from the Rams, so he will be given an opportunity, but expectations remain tepid.

On the defensive side of things, there's hope in Ohio as the team welcomes back a key member of the unit who missed lots of playing time last year due to injury. On the Line, Robert Geathers hopes to return to form after offseason surgery while sophomore Antwan Odom hopes to avoid the injury bug which cost him some games last year. The team also drafted Michael Johnson early and he steps right in and provides plenty of athleticism to this group.

It's a similar situation with their linebackers as Keith Rivers was great last season, but only played 7 games. They'll look for him to potentially breakout this year while Dhani Jones is solid and the leader of this group. The defence played better last year than their 4-11-1 record indicates and could be even better this year barring any injuries.

The Bengals play in a tough division with SuperBowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers leading the way and perpetual contender Baltimore close behind. It's going to be difficult for the Bengals to finish ahead of those two teams, but if Palmer and the defence can stay healthy while those draft picks have an immediate impact, then the Bengals will compete in each contest and will be a good team to bet on, as they'll be in line for some 'upset' victories.

Go to Betfair to bet on NFL futures.

comments powered by Disqus

All NFL News

Recent NFL Articles

  • Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks - Live Stream, Odds, Tips, Weather and Super Bowl XLVIII Match Preview

    Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks takes place tonight in the 2014 Super Bowl....

  • Super Bowl 2014 - Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks start time

    Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks takes place tonight in the 2014 Super Bowl....

  • Floyd Mayweather 'bets $10m' on Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl

    Floyd Mayweather has reportedly placed a $10million bet on the Denver Broncos to beat the Seattle Seahawks – and cover the two-point spread – in this Sunday’s Super Bowl....

  • Denver Broncos backed to beat Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLVIII

    The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend, and bookmakers have made Denver odds-on favourites to be victorious....

  • Top 5 Super Bowl XLVIII bets for Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

    The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, and we've picked out our five best bets for this season-ending showdown....

  • Derrick Coleman to become first legally deaf player to play at the Super Bowl

    Derrick Coleman will become the first legally deaf player to play in a Super Bowl when the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos on February 2nd....

  • The best five NFL GIFs of the week

    The Kansas City Chiefs came up short against the San Diego Chargers, while Tom Brady inspired a New England Patriots comeback against the Denver Broncos...but the highlights of NFL week 12 for  included a bunch of women wearing bikini's in cold weather!...

  • Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders cover Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

    The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and team mascot T.D have tried recreating the music video of one of the hottest songs of 2013, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"....

  • Bruno Mars confirmed for Super Bowl 2014 half-time show

    Bruno Mars has been confirmed as the half-time act for the Super Bowl 2014....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • Man Utd urged to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as new manager

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is the perfect man to replace David Moyes as Manchester United manager, according to Ray Wilkins....

  • Petr Cech out for the season, Chelsea FC captain John Terry also injured

    Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder....

  • Premier League Darts - Live Stream, Week 12 schedule of play and Premier League Darts Preview

    The race for play-off places intensifies tonight as the 2014 Premier League heads to Manchester, with Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton called into action twice....

  • Ancelotti and Shaw to Man Utd? Cavani to Chelsea FC? Welbeck to Everton FC? Thursday's back pages

    The top stories making Thursday's back pages in the UK......

  • Man Utd target Ezequiel Garay not ruling out Benfica exit

    Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay insists he is happy at the club, but has refused to rule out a possible summer transfer as he continues to be linked with Manchester United....

  • Three reasons why Rafael Nadal needs to win this week's ATP Barcelona

    After his shock quarter-final loss to David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal is back in action this week and looking for a ninth ATP Barcelona title....

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kolkata Knight Riders - Live Stream, Tips and IPL Match Preview

    Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kolkata Knight Riders takes place today in the 11th game of the 2014 Indian Premier League....

  • Man Utd starlet Adnan Januzaj to play for Belgium

    Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has committed his international future to Belgium....

  • Sunderland AFC can avoid relegation - Vito Mannone

    Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone believes his side have given themselves a "massive chance" to avoid relegation from the Premier League....

More Stories


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

NFL - Cincinnati Bengals Preview

The play of draft picks is the key to their improvement.

Read more »

Log In or Sign up

Facebook User?

You can use your facebook account to sign up with Live streaming sport.

Connect with facebook
Remember me.
Did you forget your password?