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Today, the 2009 National Football League schedule was released to the public. For fans of the two Ohio NFL teams, there are some stark differences in the schedules.
For the Cincinnati Bengals, they draw the toughest schedule in the AFC North, according to NFL.com. The team opens on September 13, 2009 vs. the Denver Broncos. The next two games are at Green Bay, vs. Pittsburgh, and then a road trip to see the Cleveland Browns for the first time in the season.
It certainly appears off hand that the Cincinnati Bengals got a raw deal for the upcoming season. The first part of the schedule appears brutal with games vs. Pittsburgh, at Baltimore, and vs. Chicago.
The Cleveland Browns are a different story. They have the 8th softest schedule in the league, which should help them to improve significantly this year. They will play one Monday Night Football game this year vs. Baltimore in Week 10.
With the exception of games against San Diego and Pittsburgh, the Browns appear like they could cruise right on through. If they can improve their defense, this team could take a big stride this year.
Former Cincinnati Bengal TJ Houshmandzadeh agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks today, ending his tenure in the orange and black. He was offered a contract from the Bengals, as well as the Minnesota Vikings.
The deal was apparently worth $40 million over five years—a deal that should allow Houshmandzadeh to gather in about $15 million in guaranteed money.
Houshmandzadeh is undoubtedly one of the league’s most productive wide receivers. Perhaps better known for the famous NFL.com Fantasy Football commercial, Houshmandzadeh was one of the most-liked players from the Cincinnati Bengals roster. Not as outspoken as his teammate, Chad Johnson, Houshmandzadeh kept steady high levels of production.
From 2001 to 2008, Houshmandzadeh posted 507 receptions, 5,782 yards, and 37 touchdowns.
The Seahawks signed a rock solid top wide receiver to lead their wide receiving core. Last year, they were decimated by injuries, many times going with two or three active wide receivers. Houshmandzadeh should be able to help Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck post some solid numbers in the 2009 season.