The Cincinnati Bengals had the weekend off for the first time all season, after losing a tough one to the Miami Dolphins last Thursday
night 22-20 on safety, if that wasn’t worse they lost their all pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins to a torn ACL, he was put on IR yesterday morning.
The Bengals will face the defending super bowl champions Baltimore Ravens who are desperate for a victory, sounds familiar because that was the same circumstances the Miami Dolphins were in last week on a four game losing streak coming into the game against Cincinnati. The Ravens are 3-5 coming off a loss to the Cleveland Browns 24-18 on Sunday.
But according to Bengals defensive right end Michael Johnson the Bengals are desperate too. He said “Because we just lost on a safety in overtime on the road to a team we should have beat.” Johnson said. And frankly I totally agree with him.
The Bengals right now are sitting pretty good in the division with a 6-3 overall record and a two game lead on the Browns, and 2 1/2 lead on the Ravens who they will see this weekend in Baltimore. I think this team very much capable of winning these next two games heading into the bye week, they got this weekend’s game at Baltimore then they will host the Browns next weekend at PBS. So, win these next two games, not saying the division is lock but a four game lead is huge cushion coming down the stretch. Or they could split the two games or possibly lost both which i don’t see happening.
Plus, the Bengals after the bye week on November 24th, will play the last 6 games four of them will be at PBS where they haven’t lost this season (4-0). With all the injures sustained to this team especially on the defensive side they are still in great shape. The next two weeks are huge for this team, we will definitely find out how this crew can overcome adversity.
Today the team signed former Dolphins draft pick Kheeston Randall. Randall started 35 games at the University of Texas with 98 tackles and four sacks. He brings youth and run stop size.