Is Terrell Owens back? Will the Buccaneers rotate in three backs, including preseason star Kareem Huggins?
Nobody knows what’s going to happen when reeling Tampa Bay meets reeling Cincinnati, but we’re going to guess anyway. Projections and such below.
Other game previews with projections: TB@CIN | JAX@BUF | CHI@CAR | KC@IND | ATL@CLE | DEN@BAL | NYG@HOU | STL@DET | GB@WAS | NO@ARI | SD@OAK | TEN@DAL | PHI@SF | MIN@NYJ | (Teams on bye: MIA, PIT, NE, SEA)
The Bengals are predicted to bounce back from their loss against Cleveland with a 21.8-17.3 victory.
Carson Palmer projects to throw 1.6 touchdowns. Tampa Bay gave up three to Charlie Batch two weeks ago (the Bucs were on bye Week 4) and the Bengals threw two last week. Let’s give Palmer that second TD.
We’re also going to give him an interception. Last time we saw the Buccaneers Aqib Talib was getting his second pick in as many contests. The Buccaneers defense has two picks in all three games this season and has forced eight total turnovers.
Similarly, the Bengals defense has forced nine turnovers (in one more game) but had four interceptions in one game and recovered three fumbles in another. Expect each team to fumble at least once.
Neither team is a particularly good matchup for quarterbacks, but Tampa Bay has a slight disadvantage against receivers (Mike Wallace caught two 40+ TD passes in the loss to the Steelers). It’ll be interesting if Terrell Owens keeps that shine from his 222-yarder, or if Chad Ochocinco takes back his star.
Carson Palmer, CIN: 19-33, 239 yards, TD, INT, 5 rush yards
Josh Freeman, TB: 19-33, 204 yards, TD, INT, 20 rush yards
Cedric Benson, CIN: 95 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
Cadillac Williams, TB: 35 yards, TD, 3 catches, 20 receiving yards, TD
Kareem Huggins, TB: 25 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards
LeGarrett Blount, TB: 25 yards
Bernard Scott, CIN: 20 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
Earnest Graham, TB: 2 catches, 10 receiving yards
Brian Leonard, CIN: 5 yards
Chad Ochocinco, CIN: 6-85, TD
Terrell Owens, CIN: 4-65
Mike Williams, TB: 5-50
Sammie Stroughter, TB: 3-25
Andre Caldwell, CIN: 3-20
Michael Spurlock, TB: 1-20
Arrelious Benn, TB: 1-15
Jordan Shipley, CIN (Concussion): 1-15
Kellen Winslow, TB: 5-60, TD
Jermaine Gresham, CIN: 5-45
Mike Nugent, CIN: FG, 2 XP
Connor Barth, TB; FG, 2 XP
Bengals: 2 sacks, INT, fumble
Buccaneers: sack, INT, fumble