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    Re: Bengals Next Week (Playoff Implications)



    I think you play all your non-injured starters, especially on offense. Especially with a new offensive coordinator, they will need all the reps they can get before the playoffs. And this will be Caldwell's first road game calling plays.
    I think you have to play this game to win on the offense, or at least score and keep fine tuning the playcalling. But obviously anyone who's too banged up on defense to go at least a half should sit. Maybe you sit Suggs out of this one just to give that arm a little more healing time. Ngata looks like he's almost 100%, Ellerbe played today and looked good. So we may be able to rest some defensive folks.




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    Re: Bengals Next Week (Playoff Implications)

    The most important thing is to win, especially coming off that three game slide. Win, win, win.

    That doesn't mean keep the starters in the whole game regardless of the score, or don't rest injured guys who could really benefit from a week off. But don't rest somebody who isn't going to get better or isn't hurt just to rest them or avoid injury. We've had one good game in all three phases in the last month. This is no time to start thinking about anything but winning.




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    Better off with the 4th seed

    Would you rather go to Houston than Denver in the divisional game? Yeah, I would.

    Denver are the hottest team in football, and Milehigh is an extremely tough place to go and beat a team that has not lost for a long time with Peyton Manning at QB. Houston are kind of reeling right now, and I think this team goes into the Reliant pissed off from what happened earlier in the year. We are also much more familiar with the Texans than we are with this Denver team as we've played Houston four times in the last two years. NE will likely beat Cincy in the WC round, which would send them to Denver.

    So yeah there really is very little to play for next week. These AFC Play offs are going to be the most exciting ones for a while.




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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    It really doesn't matter to me. If the Ravens play like they did yesterday, they can beat anyone in the NFL.

    Regardless Houston and Denver are tough outs.




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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    I guess the benefit with the 3rd seed is that you hope NE or a long shot Colts team can beat Houston the divisional game, while we try to take care of business in Denver, which would set up a home AFCCG.




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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    Once we missed out on the bye where we got seated became unimportant. This team has to get on a roll and beat whoever is there. It shouldn't matter who it is. The Giants were double digit underdogs going into Green Bay last year. If you really are a Super Bowl team the matchup is unimportant. You find a way to win
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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    It's always better to win than to lose. Trying to pick your opponent doesn't work.

    You can ask Marvin Lewis the Bungles, who decided to pick the Jets a few years ago. Lost to them in back-to-back weeks.




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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    I'd much rather play the Colts with their league worst defense than the Bengals which are tops in sacks. If the Chiefs put up 500+ yards of offense with Brady Quinn at QB I like our chances there.

    Dream scenario, though, would be to win next week with Denver winning and Houston and New England both losing. Get the 3 seed while Houston slips to 2. Get by the Bengals and then play the Texans (best matchup of the top 3 teams) in round 2. If New England then wins at Denver we are hosting the AFC championship.




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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    Doesn't really matter. If our goal is to win the Super Bowl, then you eventually have to beat a team like Denver, Houston, New England, Atlanta, Green Bay, San Francisco, or even Seattle.

    As people have pointed out many times already, after being booted from the playoffs for 4 straight years, anything less than a Super Bowl Championship is unacceptable.




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    I say rest everyone, make it a defacto bye week and focus on the home playoff game.

    We can move up to the three seed but I don't see the benefit for us. In fact, I'd much rather face the Colts and their suspect D line.
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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    I say rest everyone, make it a defacto bye week and focus on the home playoff game.

    We can move up to the three seed but I don't see the benefit for us. In fact, I'd much rather face the Colts and their suspect D line.
    Our offense need to play this game, at least for the first 3 Q.

    Defense.. Agreed we desperately need to get healthy. So if we need to rest players like Ed, Pollard, McClelland, Ellerbe, Suggs, Ngata and Ray then do so.

    Oh and give Pierce this game, just like we did when McGahee beat Raiders a couple of seasons ago.




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    Quote Originally Posted by elland View Post
    Our offense need to play this game, at least for the first 3 Q.

    Defense.. Agreed we desperately need to get healthy. So if we need to rest players like Ed, Pollard, McClelland, Ellerbe, Suggs, Ngata and Ray then do so.
    I was being too general and meant hurt players. You're right though. Give the offense a few reps than sit them.

    But I say even if they have a minor injury, keep them rested.
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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    Bottom line if you are the 3 seed you have a much better chance of getting 2 home games than a 4 seed. If you cant beat the Bengals AT HOME in the playoffs or the Colts you dont deserve to move on. Denver in week 2 doesnt scare me that much, Ravens had new OC and Flacco made to huge mistakes in the first half or that could of been a tight game. Manning is a playoff choker for the most part in his career.




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    Re: Better off with the 4th seed

    I agree, would rather face Indy then go to a Houston team that while very good has shown themselves to be limited offensively. If the Houston is able to stay in 2 and 5's and 3rd and 3 and 2's they can stay in their comfort zone but if we can buckle down, run some run blitzes, etc. and force them into 2nd and longs and 3rd and longs i think their effectiveness goes way down. I think if we avoid turnovers we could also beat Denver as well. Really it comes down to us, if we execute offensively and figure out a way to contain the run as much as we can i think we can beat anybody.




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    Re: Bengals Next Week (Playoff Implications)

    Quote Originally Posted by bacchys View Post
    The most important thing is to win, especially coming off that three game slide. Win, win, win.

    That doesn't mean keep the starters in the whole game regardless of the score, or don't rest injured guys who could really benefit from a week off. But don't rest somebody who isn't going to get better or isn't hurt just to rest them or avoid injury. We've had one good game in all three phases in the last month. This is no time to start thinking about anything but winning.
    Quote Originally Posted by StingerNLG View Post
    I think you play all your non-injured starters, especially on offense. Especially with a new offensive coordinator, they will need all the reps they can get before the playoffs. And this will be Caldwell's first road game calling plays.
    I think you have to play this game to win on the offense, or at least score and keep fine tuning the playcalling. But obviously anyone who's too banged up on defense to go at least a half should sit. Maybe you sit Suggs out of this one just to give that arm a little more healing time. Ngata looks like he's almost 100%, Ellerbe played today and looked good. So we may be able to rest some defensive folks.




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