After getting destroyed in their opener, the Bengals answered back ferociously against everybody’s preseason wonderboy Joe Flacco. They picked him off three times and made a mockery of our projections.
Let’s see if the Bengals can do it this ti… Wait. Jimmy Clausen is starting this week. Yeah, this isn’t going to end well for our projections either.
Our projection model is not perfect. There are many improvements that could be made, but we have had relatively good accuracy with it this season despite the flaws. Translation: Use these at your own discretion but they should be pretty darn good.
Three points separate these teams according to the projections, with the Bengals taking a 21-18 win.
Yep, Jimmy Clausen vs. a Bengals secondary that is actually that good, apparently. Another notable change in the passing game is the distribution to Panthers No. 1 receiver Steve Smith. Moore found Smith at the end of last season and made sure he scored a TD in each game this season. It’ll be interesting to see how much the rookie from Notre Dame throws his way.
Will Panthers running backs continue to frustrate fantasy owners? The projections say “yes.”
Carson Palmer, CIN: 20-33, 221, TD, INT
Jimmy Clausen, CAR: 17-33, 193, TD, 2 INT
Cedric Benson, CIN: 90 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
DeAngelo Williams, CAR: 70 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards
Jonathan Stewart, CAR: 40 yards
Bernard Scott, CIN: 20 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards
Mike Goodson, CAR: 5 yards, 2 catches, 25 yards
Chad Ochocinco, CIN: 7-85
Terrel Owens, CIN: 4-30, TD
Steve Smith, CAR: 6-70
Jordan Shipley, CIN: 4-70
Dwayne Jarrett, CAR: 4-40
David Gettis, CAR: 1-5
Donte Rosario, CAR: 2-30
Jermaine Gresham, CIN: 2-10
Reggie Kelly, CIN: 1-5
Mike Nugent, CIN: 2 FGs, 2 XPs
John Kasay, CAR: FG, 2 XPs
Bengals: 2 INTs, 2 sacks
Panthers: INT, sack