Bruce Gradkowski: The Bengal Killer

He’s done it before and he’s poised to do it again.

Back in 2006, rookie QB Bruce Gradkowski led the 0-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers downfield on a game winning drive to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now that the Big Gradkowski has taken the reigns from JaMarcus Russell, the 4th year vet is looking to notch another “W” against Cincy.

Justin Fargas isn’t hiding his enthusiasm for the prospects of Gradkowski getting the nod over Russell. If anybody in the Oakland locker room is opposed to Russell taking a seat then they sure aren’t saying so.

As it stands, the 2009 Raiders are making the ’06 team look like an offensive juggernaut. With just 88 points scored in 9 games, this team is on a collision course with the record books as one of the worst offenses in NFL history.

On the strength of the first 100-yard effort of the season for the Silver and Black, Michael Bush will get the start at running back. Cincinnati defensive tackle Tank Johnson has already stated that he believes the Raiders boast the most deadly duo of runners his team will face all year.

While leading rusher Cedric Benson isn’t expected to play, his absence will hardly be an advantage for the Raiders.

Rookie Bernard Scott should see an increased work load as should the newest Bengal, Larry Johnson. That’s right, the same LJ who ran all over the Raiders as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Johnson is to Oakland what Gradkowski is to Cincinnati.

With little left to play for except pride, Tom Cable will need an inspired effort from his team if he has any hopes of salvaging his job. The benching of Russell might have been a few weeks overdue but if history repeats itself and Gradkowski takes another bite out of the Bengals’ hide then the change will be more than justified.


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Tags: Bernard Scott Bruce Gradkowski Cedric Benson JaMarcus Russell Justin Fargas Larry Johnson Michael Bush Tank Johnson Tom Cable

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