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    Time to name your (place sponsor name here) keys to the game.....

    Mine:

    When the Patriots have the ball....The Bengals defense has been suspect (pardon the pun) all season. They are ranked at #27 against both the pass and the run(257 and 145ypg, respectively). They show weakness against delay runs, especially to the right side of their D. Early in the game, the front 7 generally hold their own but tire quickly. Their secondary does not support the run effectively. Against the pass, they don't muster much of a pass rush and their secondary frequently finds itself out of position, allowing big plays behind them. Their LB's generally cant cover the better slot and TE's. They generally create gaps in coverage behind their zone blitzes.

    Brady and co. should move the ball and score at will against this D. Look to see a big dose of Sammy Morris early in this game (2nd and 3rd qtrs) to wear down the D line and to control the tempo of the game. Should the Bengals try to load up the line or blitz, this should leave a lot of holes in coverage for Ben Watson and Welker to exploit. Look for Moss to put up at least one more TD this week as well. Late, expect to see a fresh Maroney to light up the Cincy D for a lot of yards.


    When the Bengals have the ball....Rudi Johnson is out of the line up Monday night, further weakening an already soft run attack (#20 with 92 ypg). The Bengals will try to feature their strength which is in their two remaining standout WR's. Palmer and the passing game is extremely effective still (#2 at 301ypg). But behind Johnson and TJ, the recieving corps is relatively thin in comparison to years past. Therefore the Bengals coaching staff will attempt every possible way to separate these two from their coverage. Some may argue to pressure Palmer, not giving time to let the patterns develop. While some of this might be employed, I look to see a confusing array of coverages designed to take these two recievers out of the game. Take away what they do best, if you will. This will force Palmer to look to third and fourth recievers in short routes, with protection breaking down in front of him. This should create hurried passes and errant throws.

    These are my Coffee Creamer keys to the game....
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    Yea they have All the Usual Suspects Assciated with the Bungles. :D
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    Bad bounces; bad calls

    A very convincing analysis!

    In the past i would have foreseen that much depended on the effectiveness of the Pats' O-line.
    But after the preseason finale and 3 convincing full games,
    there no longer is much doubt about the consistency of that line.

    Bad bounces and bad calls
    are about all there remains to wonder about.
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    For the offense the biggest key is not turning the ball over. Cincy's defense as pointed out is awful but they do create turnovers and that feeds their offense. We will move the ball at will we just need to hold on to it.

    For the defense, just don't give up the big play. The Bengals offense is very impatient and they'll make mistake. If the Bengals give up on the run I could see some 2-3-6 style defensive like we've used in the past.
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    O: FWIW, keep in mind that six of those turnovers came against the Ravens, whose play resembled bird #@(#.

    D: If that happens, it wouldn't surprise me if we saw Welker in at dime on a couple of plays. I'm not saying it will happen, merely that it could.
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    I think the keys to the game for the Patriots are similar to last week: Don't miss the plane to the game!
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    I think that about covers it! You can score through the air or on the ground against this Bengals team. Although I expect the Bungles to score more points than any of your other opponents this year, NE easily doubles whatever number Bengals put up.
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    Three keys for the Bengals

    I'm not too good at this sportscaster type of analysis, but here are a few keys from the Bengals point of view.

    1. Bengals front seven vs. NE OL
    See here:
    If the NE OL consistently opens holes for Maroney (if he plays) on first down, they'll be eaten up on short passes for a first down to Welker and Moss all day long. You can't pressure a QB if he only needs 2 seconds for a WR to get to the sticks. Long, slow drives will kill the Bengals.

    2. Special teams coverage units
    See here.
    If the Bengals low-ranking coverage lets the Patriots high-ranking PR and KR units eat up the field, it'll be a long day for their defense.

    3. Kenny Watson
    See here.
    The Patriots were able to beat the Vikings in 2006 by spreading their run-stopping defense with an aerial bombardment. The Bengals can't do this to the Patriots, they're too good at flooding zones when an opponent relinquishes the running game. OTOH, the big men on the Patriots line have struggled more with quick, elusive backs like Leon Washington than with power backs. Can Kenny Watson open the deep ball by keeping the Wilson and Sanders off the backs of CJ and TJ?
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    Bump. Thank you. Thank you very much.:D

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