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Saints Looking To Get 5th Straight Win Against the Bengals

When these two teams last met on November 19, 2006, it was a tale of two high-powered offenses. Drew Brees passed for an incredible 510 yards to Carson Palmer’s 275 yards. But it was the final score that spoke volumes about both teams’ performances that day.   When the clock expired, the Bengals had convincingly beat the Saints 31-16.  Both teams had managed to move the ball well, but you couldn’t tell it by the margin of victory.   The difference?  The Bengals found ways to get into the endzone almost effortlessly while the Saints spent the afternoon turning the ball over, thus defeating themselves. 

Well a lot has changed since then, more particularly this year.  The Bengals have gone from being the pride of the ever-tough AFC North a year ago to the fledgling 2-9 kitties now scraping the bottom of their division and the Saints are fighting to maintain pace in the NFC.  This time, one team will be playing for pride alone while the other will be fighting to stay alive.  Still, does that mean we should expect to see any less fight from the Bengals Sunday?  Absolutely not.

Cincinnati went out and signed the dynamic Terrell Owens to complement their other star receiver, Chad Ochocinco.  With an inconsistent Palmer at the helm, however, they now have produced a rather average 11th ranked passing offense.  Needless to say, things have not progressed the way they’d hoped offensively.  And defensively, they’ve had little success stopping anyone else.  Such dismal stats should certainly play to the Saints advantage.

New Orleans marches into this game on an impressive four-game winning streak.  Coming off their hard-fought Thanksgiving Day victory against the Cowboys, they are finally starting to get things going in their favor.  The injury list once riddled with players is down to only three players and the offense seems to have rediscovered its stride.  To say the least, Sunday’s game should be very interesting.

Of course, the weather is going to be a major factor.  The National Weather Service is predicting snow flurries and there will likely be a wind element as well.  This will no doubt affect the play calling, but hopefully not hinder New Orleans’ production.  With the NFC playoff picture looking so jumbled and uncertain at this point, the Saints cannot afford any more losses if they are to get ahead of the pack in the playoff hunt.  This game like the rest from here on out can literally spell the fate of their season.

By the numbers, here is how the two teams currently match up.

  • Saints Offense–4th Overall; 24th in Rushing Offense; 3rd in Passing Offense
  • Bengals Offense–22nd Overall; 25th in Rushing Offense; 11th in Passing Offense
  • Saints Defense–7th Overall; 15th in Rushing Defense; 3rd in Passing Defense
  • Bengals Defense–16th Overall; 23rd in Rushing Defense; 15th in Passing Defense

While statistically this game has all the makings of another offensive showdown by both teams, it could very well be the strength of the defenses or even special teams play that make all the difference.  With that said, if the Saints eliminate the penalties and the turnovers, they should have the advantage in this one, though I’m sure they’re not taking anything for granted.  The Bengals have lost eight in a row and they’re going to be fired up, particularly at a chance to knock off the defending Superbowl champs.  Plus, Owens only needs 135 more receiving yards  to reach 16,000 for his career.  Surely, they’ll want to help him get close to that.  But we know how good the Saints can be when they bring their A game offensively and defensively.  Offensively, they have the ability to strike quickly and often and defensively they’ve done a good job of keeping teams in check .   It makes things even better that they’ve started creating turnovers and getting takeaways.

My Score prediction:  Saints 35–Bengals 20.

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6 Responses to “Saints Looking To Get 5th Straight Win Against the Bengals”

  1. John Young says:

    chris ivory is gonna run rampant over these bengals!

  2. Pasquale says:

    I’m anxious to see what bush does in this game.

  3. Sherry says:

    Good Morning to the WHO DAT Nation!!!! We are the BLaCK~n~GoLD Baby!!!!.. Gumbo simmerin on the stove.. ready for some football.. Sad my Pierre still isn’t back:( But rather him get that ankle all the way healed then have him injure it any more… Anxious to see our boys play in the snow.. Watch D-Man Vilma make snow cones outta them boys!! Lets Do This Boys!! Ochocinco will be paying the United Way just like Sharper Shake says he will :))))

  4. Mike says:

    Anyone find it curious that the bengals came extremely close to winning this one?

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