Clayton's 1st and 10

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Aug 21, 2006
9. San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

It's time for the Bengals to show some maturity. Their season is slipping away. Offensive players have to put their frustrations behind them and concentrate on execution. Receivers and halfbacks have to rally around Carson Palmer instead of giving him the cold shoulder. Trying to do that against one of the most physical defenses in football, however, might be tough. The Chargers come to town giving up only 85.3 yards a game on the ground and 16.8 points per game. They should have linebacker Shaun Phillips back after he missed a couple of games with a calf injury. It's clear Palmer isn't playing his best football because of his knee injury from last January. Defenders are diving for his knee, and that hurts his throwing mechanics. When Palmer doesn't stride out far enough on his left leg, a lot of his passes sail high and incomplete. With injuries along the offensive line, protecting Palmer has been difficult and the Bengals have struggled to get a consistent running game going as well. At 4-4, the Bengals have no time to complain. They either start playing better now, or they can forget about the playoffs.
This game will be an opportunity for the guys in the secondary to show their mettle. It is possible that Jam/Flo/Cro/kiel/Cree could (any one of them) have a huge game. with Phillips back the pressure will be on and Palmer may have one of those multiple interception days...

I am really wanting to see a pick six or two...or three:yes: