This game against the Cardinals on Saturday (1 p.m.-WLW-700) is rapidly coming down to one big special teams matchup. Not only is the ninth-ranked Bengals punt cover team going up against Patrick Peterson’s four return touchdowns, but the interior of the field-goal block team must stop Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell.
Campbell has three of Arizona’s four blocked field goals this season. Peterson has the other one coming off the edge.
“He’s big and he’s tall, 6-8, 300 pounds, and he’s got an ability to get through the line,” said Bengals long snapper Clark Harris. “And he’s got the instinct to get his hands up at the right time. We don’t need to change anything. We just have to tighten up what we do. And we have to be perfect.”
That means the Bengals can’t let what happen in Pittsburgh happen, when
“One guy takes a step too far, a step too slow, or leans,” Harris said. “This week we’re focusing on being perfect. If you hold him eight yards from the block point, he won’t be able to get there.”
FAMILIAR FOE: Cincinnati's
McGlynn says he played against Dockett when the Eagles played the Cardinals in 2008, his rookie season. But it won’t translate. The 6-4, 320-pound McGlynn was a center then and the 6-4, 290-pound Dockett was working out of a 3-4. “He’s a big guy, quick, and he never stops,” McGlynn said.
McGlynn is working through a huge transition. He didn't play right guard until he came to the Bengals at the beginning of the regular season and he didn't get any regular snaps there in practice until last week in the wake of Bobbie Wiliams's season-ending broken ankle.
"It's like anything else," McGlynn said. "I'm getting more comfortable with the more work I get."
CALDWELL SITS: With wide receiver
Caldwell, suffering groin/abdomimal issues, said there are also plans to examine him for a potential sports hernia.
KOLB LIMITED: For the second straight practice, Cards quarterback Kevin Kolb (head) was limited Thursday. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt wouldn't elaborate, but going off his remarks earlier in the week in which he said the QB that got the most reps would play, that indicates second-year man John Skelton. Right tackle Brandon Keith was ruled out for the Cards.
WEATHER CHECK: The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio calls for mostly sunny skies Saturday with a game-time temperature of 44 degrees and winds out of the southwest at five to 10 miles per hour. There’s no chance of rain.