Originally Posted by KoryMac5
I thought Palmer played well going 34-50 for 345 with 2 TD's. The pick six hurt but it shouldn't diminish a good day from him. What hurt was Brat's play calling the first few series. You got weapons on this team use them and open up the offense. He's like a guy with a sports car who is afraid to go too fast. Open it up in week two and go with the no huddle for the rest of the season.
Zimmer needs to go back to the drawing board. I would hate to be a member of that D this week because he is going to be all over those guys for poor play and blown assignments.
I agree, I actually thought Palmer looked good. He threw a very good ball most of the day. I also think the play calling handcuffed them in the first half. Watching them score in the second half was a little bittersweet. I felt a lot better about the offense, but they sure used a whole lot of the clock on those drives.
Defense was another story. No pressure on Brady and chuncks of yards given up. I don't think they will be as bad as they looked today, but they need to be a whole lot better. Kick coverage also looks to be a concern.
All things considered, things could have not gone much worse, and I doubt the Bengals play this poorly all season. They are a much better team than they showed today. I'm not all that worried yet.