Bengals to channel Saints if they want to beat Falcons

Voice of the Bengals Dan Hoard: "You're not going to shut out the Falcons"

John and Hugh
September 27, 2018 - 10:55 am

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The Atlanta Falcons will see their first game of their AFC North schedule as the Cincinnati Bengals roll into Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. 

Voice of the Bengals, Dan Hoard, joined John and Hugh on Thursday and know's Cincy's defense has a tall task defensively when it comes to the Falcons offense.

"They know going into this game: 'You're not going to shut out the Falcons. You're probably not going to hold them to three touchdowns.' So if they Bengals are going to go to Atlanta and win, they probably have to do something similar to what the Saints were able to do last week."

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick will be facing his former teammate Julio Jones for the first time since entering the league in 2011. Per ESPN's Katherine Terrell, Kirkpatrick says this match up will be personal:

"That stuff is personal this week," Kirkpatrick said. "I already know it, they ain't going to say it. For me. I played with (former Bengals wideout Mohamed Sanu), I played with Julio. Calvin played at Bama. I know the buzz going around down there because that’s where we’re from. I already know I’ve got to have my s--- together. It’s going to be real. I already know it."

Hoard knows not only will Cincinnati have a hard time stopping Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley, they'll also need to take into account another familiar face:

"I would throw No. 12 onto the list too with Mohamed Sanu. Bengals fans know all about him from his time with Cincinnati. That's exactly what the Saints tried to do last week; double team Julio on every play, and challenge the other guys to try and beat you. Calvin Ridley almost did, it seemed like...But the Bengals are a team with a lot of skill-position talent but I don't know if anybody in the NFL compares to Atlanta."