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|NFL Football Matchup |
by Scott Burgess
Bet on the NFL at Sportsbook.com Tonight’sMonday Night Football matchup pits two highly offensiveteams together in what should be an all out air attack.The Cincinnati Bengals will host the New England Patriotsat Paul Brown Stadium.
The New England Patriots QB Tom Brady hasmore options on his offense than any Pro-Bowl team. ThePats offense is ranked 1st in total yards, 3rd in totalpass yards and ranked 6th in total rushing yards. WR RandyMoss, Wes Walker and Benjamin Watson are Brady’s favoritereceivers and have combined for a total nine touchdowns.Rushers Laurence Maroney and Sammy Morris are plowing theirway down the field nicely. Kick returner Ellis Hobbs isaveraging 36 yards a return to help the Patriots gain excellentfield position for their offense. The Patriots defense isranked 1st in total yards allowed, ranked 2nd in total passyards allowed and ranked 4th in total rushing yards allowed.Their defense is getting it done in a big way. One thingplaguing the Patriots is injuries. QB T.Brady is questionablefor tonight’s game due to a shoulder injury. RB L.Maroneyis questionable for tonight’s game as well as WRsD.Stallworth and K.Washington. The Patriots are averaging38 points under Brady’s offense.
The Cincinnati Bengals bring in a hot QB,Carson Palmer, along with multiple talented receivers. TheBengals are last in the AFC North after being predictedto be a top contending team this year. The Bengals top receiverso far is T.J. Houshmandzadeh with four touchdowns and C.Johnsonhas the most receiving yards. Their offense is ranked 4thin total yards and 2nd in passing yards. Unfortunately theirrunning game needs some improvement. The Bengals rushinggame is ranked 22nd and the lead rusher, Rudi Johnson, needshis O-Line to open up some holes for him to find. Defensivelythe Bengals are hurting. They’re defense is ranked28th in pass yards allowed and 27th in rushing yards allowed.If the Bengals want any chance of winning against the Patstheir defense has got to step it up. On the injured listwe have R.Johnson out for tonight’s game which isdevastating. They’ll also be without four of theirlinebackers. The Bengals have lost their last two gameson the road, to the Seahawks and Browns.
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