Key Matchup: WR Fitzgerald VS. CB Joseph
Injuries: Bengals: CB Justin Miller and HB Beanie Wells
Both teams have formidable running backs in Riggs and Scott. They gain high yardage per carry, but you have to question their durability for an entire game And with Wells out for the Bengals, you have to wonder how that will affect their running game.
The Broncos are a good offensive team, but Orton has a tendency to throw the ball into traffic for interceptions. Fitzgerald started the season strong but has stacked off on production lately. Graham is their go-to guy, but can't be the deep threat Fitzgerald can be and since Broncos opponents are focusing more on him, those long passes may be harder to come by.
For the Bengals it all comes down to how well LeFevour performs this week. Turnovers will be key. The team that makes the least mistakes will pull this one out.
Pick: Bengals win 24-21
Q. How do the Detroit Lions count to 10?
A. 0-1, 0-2, 0-3, 0-4, 0-5, 0-6, 0-7, 0-8, 0-9, 0-10
The Bills defeated the Dolphins in last week's game of the week, leaving the Dolphins three games out of first place in their division. That's a long row to hoe and only a half season to play catchup.
Q. How do you keep a Detroit Lion out of your yard?
A. Put up goal posts.
The Lions remain winless. Part of the reason is Stafford's poor play (6 TDs and 9 Ints and a rating of 68.0).
The Chargers finally defeated the Broncos. Check it out...33 rushing attempts vs. 22 passing attempts. Someone got the memo.
Q. Where do you go in Detroit in case of a tornado?
A. To Ford Field - they never get a touchdown there!
The Bills and Saints are the only undefeated teams remaining.
Q. Why are the Lions like a tampon?
A. They are only good for one period and have no second string.
I mentioned last week that the MVA may be returning as a classic league. Check out the site at http://www.mva-football.com/ Are they building toward that? If so, I wasn't kidding. I want the '92 Cowboys! no really.