Let the trash talk begin

It’s Bengals week which means only one thing: a bunch of smack coming from #85’s mouth. Wide receiver Chad Johnson and Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden (not Lehigh Bowden, Chad) will match up again this Sunday. Despite being held to just two catches in their last meeting in 2005, Johnson still finds reason to run his mouth.

“Last year when they came here you saw balls all over because it was a heavy wind game. You didn’t see anyone physically knock the ball down, physically jam me at the line.

“Let’s talk football. It’s humanly impossible to stop 85. To talk your kind of talk, you’re kind of insulting me a little bit. I cannot be stopped, period.”

Obviously not too thrilled by Chad’s declarations, Browns tight end Kellen Winslow came to Bodden’s defense and backed up his cornerback.

“My boy Bodden is going to shut him down as he did last year. He’s the best corner in the league, I think. It’s a big challenge for him, but it’s also a big challenge for Chad. So tell him that.”

The blonde mohawk’s response?

“I can’t be stopped because of what Kellen Winslow feels. If he feels that strongly, that’s good. His teammates should have faith in him, feel that he’s the best corner. I feel the same way about my corners. There’s nothing wrong with that at all.”

“I feel our defense is going to shut down Kellen Winslow. How about that?’

Too bad Winslow and Johnson won’t ever be on the field at the same time. Imagine those fireworks. In any event, the war of words should fuel the Browns just that much more for the Battle of Ohio. Maybe for once the Browns can come out ready to play this time and show some early intensity, something that was lacking in the first half of Week 1.

I would love nothing more than for Bodden and the Browns to shut up that loud mouth and come away with in a “W” in Cincy. They have played some competitive games with the Bengals the past few seasons and have even won a couple, so they’ve proven they can play with them. Hopefully CJ’s remarks will give the defense a little extra motivation, just like what happened in the Pepto game.

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