- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are some notes at intermission:
Falcons receiver Roddy White talked trashed this week, and he is certainly backing it up. White is torching Cincinnati's secondary and already has six catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals did not double White, Atlanta's top receiving threat, in the first half and that was the wrong move. Neither Adam Jones nor Leon Hall could contain White in single coverage in the first half.
I'm still seeing the same sloppiness Cincinnati had before the bye. Among the mistakes in the first half were the Bengals jumping offsides twice, having 12 men on the field twice, a Chad Ochocinco drop and a holding penalty that negated a big kickoff return by Jones. It's tough enough to beat your opponent. But the Bengals are still making it tougher on themselves with penalties.
Bengals tailback Cedric Benson is running well, but he will probably be phased out of the offense in the second half because of Atlanta's big lead. Benson has rushed for 57 yards on 12 carries and is fighting hard for extra yards. But Cincinnati will be passing the ball a lot in the second half.
I'm curious to see what type of character Cincinnati has and how this team responds in the second half. The Bengals do not want to fall to 2-4 in a competitive AFC North. Cincinnati will either wither away and go home quietly or fight hard to get back in the game and get momentum for next week.
12hEric D. Williams