Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will be facing the team that he played his first seven seasons in the National Football League with known as the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday Night Football. The Cardinals are coming off an emotional 39-32 on the road victory against the Seattle Seahawks. They return to prime time football once again as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals are coming off their first loss of the season last Monday against the Houston Texans. Just when you think the Bengals have turned the corner in regards to playing on a big stage such as Monday Night Football, they go ahead and revert to their old ways.
Even though the Bengals will most likely win the AFC North, they still needed to defeat the Texans on Monday Night Football. The reason is because the fans and analyst are still not sold on the Bengals winning a postseason ball game. A win against the Texans would have shown everyone that they have indeed turned the corner when it comes to playing on the big stage.
They will have another shot at winning on prime time television when they take on the Cardinals. They have the personnel that are capable of shutting down the Cardinals volatile passing attack. The ability to take away Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown and turn the Cardinals into a one-dimensional ball club will be the key to winning this contest for the Bengals.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, need to recover from their emotional victory against Seattle last week and prepare to take on the Bengals. History has shown us that emotional victories like the Cardinals had against the Seahawks, can translate into a dismal performance the following week.
The Bengals are indeed a team that can catch lightning in a bottle at any moment. Blowing out a team such as the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football would be a huge momentum booster for the Bengals after coming off that difficult loss against the Texans last Monday Night.
But the odds are that quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals will once again lay an egg when everybody is watching under the bright lights. My prediction for this contest is that the Bengals will keep it close, but will give away the lead in the fourth quarter to the Cardinals.
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