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tk13
09-10-2006, 02:30 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/football/nfl/kansas_city_chiefs/15481530.htm

Cincy is the right test
JASON WHITLOCK
Kansas City Star

It’s the perfect challenge, the Cincinnati Bengals, Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson and Marvin Lewis in week one.

The revamped, new-approach Kansas City Chiefs open the NFL season at home today taking on a quarterback who needs to be hit, a wide receiver who will test their veteran corners and a coach desperately wanting to get off to a fast start.

Where to begin?

We might as well start with the mind-set of the Bengals, 11-5 and the talk of the league a year ago, embarrassed by numerous offseason player arrests.

OK, you know how Herm Edwards and Carl Peterson spent much of training camp on their knees begging Willie Roaf to put down his gumbo spoon and return to the practice field? Well, Cincy coach Marvin Lewis spent a lot of time on his knees, too, begging Father Time to spin the clock, start the games and give sports fans something else to talk about rather than Cincy’s police blotter.

It’s no coincidence Cincinnati throttled its preseason opponents by a combined score of 131-54. Lewis and the Bengals needed to demonstrate that all of the illegal mischief — five Bengals were charged with offenses, and starting linebacker Odell Thurman has been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy — didn’t create a distraction.

Getting it done in the preseason is nice. Beating the Chiefs inside Arrowhead Stadium on opening day will shut up all of Lewis’ critics and stamp the Bengals as a serious Super Bowl threat.

The Chiefs will get Cincy’s “A” game.

And in two exhibition appearances, quarterback Carson Palmer’s “A” game looked as sharp as his “A” game before the playoff hit that destroyed one of his knees. Palmer, who is just eight months removed from what was initially speculated to be a career-threatening knee injury, shredded Green Bay and Indianapolis in exhibition victories.

The key to slowing the Palmer Express is putting him on the ground and possibly crawling inside his head. His knee might be physically fine, but there’s no way his confidence in his knee is all the way back.

Can Kansas City’s defensive front mount a pass rush? It hasn’t in years. Rookie first-round draft pick Tamba Hali is supposed to team with rising star Jared Allen to give the Chiefs their first book-end pass rush since Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith held relay races to the quarterback.

Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will employ a variety of blitzes, too. But Kansas City’s new Cover 2 scheme is predicated on the front four getting to the quarterback. If Palmer is given time, he’ll find receivers and put plenty of points on the board.

Receiver Chad Johnson does not work alone. Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are the answer to Indianapolis’ Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. And really, Cincinnati’s offense is the new Indy offense if Palmer is healthy. With Edgerrin James’ departure to Arizona, Palmer now has more offensive toys than Peyton Manning. The Bengals have a terrific running back in Rudi Johnson, who works behind an experienced, talented offensive line.

Hmm. Ty Law and Patrick Surtain, KC’s big-ticket free-agent acquisitions the last two seasons, are going to be tested immediately. How much will Cunningham and Edwards allow Law and Surtain to play man to man against Chad Johnson and Houshmandzadeh?

We’re going to find out a lot about Kansas City’s defense today. With a trip to Denver on the schedule next week, today’s contest is as close to must-win as a season opener can be.

Thankfully, Cincinnati’s defense has far more holes and questions marks than Kansas City’s. I expect Larry Johnson, Trent Green and Tony Gonzalez to cover for KC’s defense. The Chiefs will win a shootout. I hope.

SPchief
09-10-2006, 02:43 AM
Another insightfull article from jwhit,borrowed from C4ME :rolleyes:

Rausch
09-10-2006, 03:47 AM
Palmer, who is just eight months removed from what was initially speculated to be a career-threatening knee injury, shredded Green Bay and Indianapolis in exhibition victories.

Impressive.

Neither of those two teams have allowed many passing yards fo-.....wait...Those defenses are mostly dog$3it.

greg63
09-10-2006, 04:01 AM
Fatlock ALERT!!!

Psyko Tek
09-10-2006, 07:47 AM
Loose the dogs of war

got big name corners they had goddamned better well play man
turn it all loose
Gun blitz, play man
**** I want some defense

runnercyclist
09-10-2006, 08:58 AM
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/football/nfl/kansas_city_chiefs/15481530.htm

Cincy is the right test
JASON WHITLOCK
Kansas City Star

It’s the perfect challenge, the Cincinnati Bengals, Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson and Marvin Lewis in week one.

The revamped, new-approach Kansas City Chiefs open the NFL season at home today taking on a quarterback who needs to be hit, a wide receiver who will test their veteran corners and a coach desperately wanting to get off to a fast start.

Where to begin?

We might as well start with the mind-set of the Bengals, 11-5 and the talk of the league a year ago, embarrassed by numerous offseason player arrests.
OK, you know how Herm Edwards and Carl Peterson spent much of training camp on their knees begging Willie Roaf to put down his gumbo spoon and return to the practice field? Well, Cincy coach Marvin Lewis spent a lot of time on his knees, too, begging Father Time to spin the clock, start the games and give sports fans something else to talk about rather than Cincy’s police blotter.

It’s no coincidence Cincinnati throttled its preseason opponents by a combined score of 131-54. Lewis and the Bengals needed to demonstrate that all of the illegal mischief — five Bengals were charged with offenses, and starting linebacker Odell Thurman has been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy — didn’t create a distraction.

Getting it done in the preseason is nice. Beating the Chiefs inside Arrowhead Stadium on opening day will shut up all of Lewis’ critics and stamp the Bengals as a serious Super Bowl threat.

The Chiefs will get Cincy’s “A” game.

And in two exhibition appearances, quarterback Carson Palmer’s “A” game looked as sharp as his “A” game before the playoff hit that destroyed one of his knees. Palmer, who is just eight months removed from what was initially speculated to be a career-threatening knee injury, shredded Green Bay and Indianapolis in exhibition victories.

The key to slowing the Palmer Express is putting him on the ground and possibly crawling inside his head. His knee might be physically fine, but there’s no way his confidence in his knee is all the way back.

Can Kansas City’s defensive front mount a pass rush? It hasn’t in years. Rookie first-round draft pick Tamba Hali is supposed to team with rising star Jared Allen to give the Chiefs their first book-end pass rush since Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith held relay races to the quarterback.

Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will employ a variety of blitzes, too. But Kansas City’s new Cover 2 scheme is predicated on the front four getting to the quarterback. If Palmer is given time, he’ll find receivers and put plenty of points on the board.

Receiver Chad Johnson does not work alone. Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are the answer to Indianapolis’ Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. And really, Cincinnati’s offense is the new Indy offense if Palmer is healthy. With Edgerrin James’ departure to Arizona, Palmer now has more offensive toys than Peyton Manning. The Bengals have a terrific running back in Rudi Johnson, who works behind an experienced, talented offensive line.

Hmm. Ty Law and Patrick Surtain, KC’s big-ticket free-agent acquisitions the last two seasons, are going to be tested immediately. How much will Cunningham and Edwards allow Law and Surtain to play man to man against Chad Johnson and Houshmandzadeh?

We’re going to find out a lot about Kansas City’s defense today. With a trip to Denver on the schedule next week, today’s contest is as close to must-win as a season opener can be.

Thankfully, Cincinnati’s defense has far more holes and questions marks than Kansas City’s. I expect Larry Johnson, Trent Green and Tony Gonzalez to cover for KC’s defense. The Chiefs will win a shootout. I hope.


I think the Bengals will go 10-6 this year- 10 arrests and 6 convictions.

Deberg_1990
09-10-2006, 09:07 AM
It would be ironic if this game shocked the world and turned in to a defensive struggle along the lines of a 13-10 Chiefs win.

1adam1238
09-10-2006, 09:21 AM
I think if we can get to Palmer or at least make him throw before he is ready....we might get a pick or two. That to me could be the difference in the game.