Game Preview: (0-1) Cincinnati Bengals @ (1-0) Green Bay Packers

By PFC Packers Writer Jonathon Zenk

This Sunday, the Green Bay Packers host the Cincinnati Bengals at noon on CBS. The Bengals lost a heart-breaker at home against the Denver Broncos 12-7, while the Packers won against their arch-rival Chicago Bears 21-15 on Sunday Night Football, as they forced four Jay Cutler interceptions. I will look at the matchups for this game and then pick the winner of this showdown.Packers Rush Offense vs. Bengals Rush Defense

Even though Cincinnati did an alright job against the run against the Broncos, Knowshon Moreno wasn’t at 100% and Correll Buckhalter, while a solid backup, is not a starting quality running back. Grant did an average job against a much-improved Bears run defense. The Bengals run defense is not the Bears, and if Aaron Rodgers and his receivers get it going early on, Grant will have an excellent day and will go over the century mark in rushing as well as having one or two scores. But the Bengals rush defense is improved and it will be a good battle down in the trenches.

Edge: Even

Packers Pass Offense vs. Bengals Pass Defense

There won’t be many secondary’s that will win a battle against the Packers receivers. The Bengals don’t have a great pass rush, so look for Aaron Rodgers to have more time to throw than last week. If that is the case, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver will have big games. I expect Rodgers to have 300+ yards passing, Jennings 100+ yards receiving, and Driver adding 75 or so yards.

Edge: Packers

Bengals Rush Offense vs. Packers Rush Defense

Cedric Benson had a nice day last week, but that was against a terrible defense in Denver, while the Packers shut down star running back Matt Forte. The Packers new defense was superb last week and will get even better this week as first-round draft pick B.J. Raji returns to action after missing the game against Chicago. I think the Packers will shut down Benson and force Palmer to go to the air, which is not a good sign against a ball-hawking secondary like Green Bay, who picked off Cutler four times last week.

Edge: Packers

Bengals Pass Offense vs. Packers Pass Defense

This was a tough one because, when he is on, Carson Palmer is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and Chad Johnson, excuse me, Chad Ochocinco is a very good target for Palmer. However, Palmer is the only reliable target for Palmer and he will be shadowed by Charles Woodson and Nick Collins all game. It will be an epic showdown, but without T.J. Houshmandzadeh on the opposite side, I think that the Packers bottle up Ochocinco and win this matchup.

Edge: Packers

Prediction: Green Bay Packers 31, Cincinatti Bengals 10