The story on the Official Bengals Site quotes Johnson as saying: "I'm guaranteeing because we look good at what we're doing, I don't think there are too many teams that can stop us. There are no teams that can stop us right now when we're clicking and everything is going right, we look good." "
Johnson previously predicted victory for the Bengals juggernaut against the expansion Houston Texans, which were defeated by the Bengals 38-3. The victory is the only win that the Bengals have recorded this year.
Johnson undoubtedly feels good because he has emerged as the Bengals top reciever since Jon Kitna was named the starter for the remainder of the season. The Bengals themselves have been more impressive with Kitna behind center, averaging over 20 points per game since he took over.
Kitna and Johnson's relationship has clearly improved since last December, where they engaged in a public shouting match on the sidelines after the second dropped pass by Johnson. The two had to be seperated by international peacemaker and potential fast-food franchisee Corey Dillon.
The Bengals face a Cleveland defense which will likely be missing DL Kenard Lang and CB Corey Fuller next Sunday. The Bengals lost to the Browns 20-7 in their first meeting, a relatively close game where an ill-advised left-handed desperation heave into the hands of Lang proved the turning point.
Johnson, 24, is in his second year with the Bengals, after being drafted in the fifth round out of Oregon State in 2001. He caught 28 passes in 12 games with the Bengals in his rookie year, and has had a steady increase in production in as the season has gone on in 2002. The Bengals have tried at least four different combinations of starting recievers in 2002, but have recently found some success through the air.