Re: 2010, Week 1- Bengals @ Patriots, "Opening Day of NFL 2010"
I didn't expect to open with a win at Foxboro, but I also didn't expect to start out down 31-3 after the second half kickoff. There's no excuse for being that ill-prepared. We looked much better in the second half, particularly in the third quarter. But I don't know how much of that was the Bengals making adjustments and cranking it up a notch, and how much of it was the Patriots taking their foot off the throttle and/or easing up intensity-wise.
The key game early is against the Ravens. That game will be the difference in us starting out 4-1 or 3-2. Anything less than a 3-2 start, with our remaining schedule, we'll be in trouble. So whatever caused the Bengals to start the way they did today, better be fixed by next week.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN