NFL Preseason Preview: Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions
The next game on the board for my NFL Preseason Preview is the Cincinnati Bengals at the Detroit Lions. I have three clients in this game which should be interesting for readers to watch for. On the Bengals I represent offensive lineman Nate Livings and cornerback Jonathan Wade. On the Lions I have new client cornerback Paul Pratt. This should be an interesting game with two relatively evenly matched teams.
Nate Livings - Cincinnati Bengals
Paul Pratt - Detroit Lions
Jonathan Wade - Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are always a sexy "sleeper" pick in the beginning of NFL football season. This is because head coach Marvin Lewis should never be underestimated. Coach Lewis has a good balance of veterans and young players on his squad this year, and I expect the Bengals to put in a respectable season. Of course all eyes tonight will be on rookie quarterback Andy Dalton as the Bengal faithful get their first look at the young man who is destined to be the future of their franchise.
The Detroit Lions hope to continue their rise to prominence this year with quarterback Matthew Stafford entering his third year and second year running back Jahvid Best hoping to improve on an impressive rookie season. The Lions have really done some great work with this team, and I expect them to compete, even in the stacked NFC North.
What I'm Watching For
For Cincinnati I am definitely looking to see some good work from client and starting left guard Nate Livings. Nate has become a pillar of strength on the Bengals' O-line, and I expect him to keep rookie quarterback Dalton safe and bull doze a few holes for Cedric Benson. On the defensive side, client and fifth year pro cornerback Jonathan Wade should continue where he left off last year integrating himself into the Bengal defense, especially in nickle situations.
For Detroit I have the pleasure to watch one of my young guys blossom. Second year defensive back Paul Pratt will make his NFL debut tonight and I can not wait to see what this young speedster can do on the field. Paul has great speed and real head for the game that should serve him well. Keep your eyes on Paul Pratt for sure!
The games are starting! Let's watch some football!