5 Questions: Bengals at Patriots

Source: Jamie Pacheco

Mickey Mentzer from WhoDeyFans.com recently reached out to me and posed 5 questions to me regarding the Patriots/Bengals season opener this Sunday. You can read the questions and my responses here. The questions revolve around strategy for the game with a light-hearted question at the end. In turn, I posed 5 questions to him about the Bengals, and you may be surprised with some of his answers. Here are my 5 questions to Mickey and his answers:

1. What is the one thing the Bengals NEED to do to win the game?
- contrary to popular belief I think the Bengals need to establish a run game rather than throw the ball all over the field.  I think against a team like the Patriots it is important to dictate how the game goes. You know they have incredible coordinators that are going to bring all different looks to confuse the Bengal offense.  Smacking a D in the mouth with a strong run game is a way to knock the D out of their game.  If you establish a running game, the pass will be there.
2. Which player or players are key to a Bengals’ victory?
- The O-Line for the Bengals giving Palmer time when needed.  Last season the Bengals could run the ball at will it seems. The passing game on the other hand was terrible.
3. What is one advantage or favorable match-up that you feel the Pats have over the Bengals?
- I would have to play special teams.  The Bengals have a young punter and a new kicker. The Patriots have the luxury of knowing what to expect from the kicking game.  Also, home field advantage for the season opener is huge.
4. What is your prediction (winner and score) for Sunday’s game?
- Of course I think the Bengals take this one and I am going to say it is a TD difference.  I say the Bengals win 24-17
5. What is your all-time favorite Chad Ochocinco touchdown celebration and why?
- Great question, I would have to say my favorite was the celebration in San Diego last season. Chad is known for the crazy things he does but when he scored in the game last season after his friend Chris Henry died, his emotion took over and I think even the opposing teams fans respected. For funniest, I love that he jumped in the dog pound in Cleveland.  Man, that takes some balls.

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