|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL Week 9 of the 2010 NFL regular season features a struggling Bengals team trying to turn it all around vs. the Steelers. The 2010 Cincinnati Bengals are a talented bunch of underachievers. They are vastly overrated and seem to be going nowhere fast.
Carson Palmer is as erratic as a freshman QB in the MAC. Chad Ochocinco's days as a Pro Bowl receiver are in the rearview mirror. Terrell Owens is the most productive/least effective receiver in the NFL. A top five defense returned all 11 starters. This year 14 individual players have more sacks than the entire Bengals roster. It's making the secondary look bad and it's proof that all 11 players on the defensive side of the ball need to play well in order for the D to succeed.
Sunday against the Miami Dolphins proved all of the above points. The inconsistent offense can put together a drive that includes six first downs one minute, then complete six first downs for three quarters the next minute. There is no idea what to expect when the Bengals offense marches out onto the field.
A frustrated Chad Ochocinco vented recently saying there was nothing more that he could do but be out on the field and make himself available. Now when betting on sports, note the first-place 5-2 Pittsburgh Steelers roll into town for a Monday night showdown. The Steelers are coming off a tough loss to the New Orleans Saints and will be looking to exact revenge on a Bengals team that beat them twice last year by a combined nine points.
To add insult to injury, All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu played an awful game by his standards last week.
There is no way the Bengals anemic offense can effectively run the ball against a stout Steelers front line. Defensively the Bengals are a below-average unit lacking any sort of pass rush. Without any pressure, Ben Roethlisberger will eat the Bengals secondary up. Johnathan Joseph is expected back, but does it even matter? The Bengals need to get at least a few sacks for this game to be competitive. It's too bad the whole country has to watch. This is the game when you will get five or six close-ups of a blank Marvin Lewis stare. The ESPN commentators will begin questioning his job status after the third Roethlisberger TD pass.
This is the game when the wheels officially fall off. The game when either T.O. or Chad has the sideline blow-up that the rest of the country has been waiting for. A 2-6 first half is now a reality. That equals a 4-12 season. Not exactly what most fans expected at the beginning of the season. If it wasn't for the Cowboys and Vikings, this team would be the biggest disappointment in the NFL.