December 21, 2014

Who are you…and what have you done with my football team?

 

So I have been very absent of late.  There’s work, then the whole family got really sick, plus it’s really hard to write these articles when your team continuously lets you down.  However, every once in awhile, your team will show you a glimmer of light that you forgot it had and it can change everything.  That glimmer of light is a cold-stone whooping on the defending Super Bowl Champions.  So now I have to ask the question, “Who are you…and what have you done with my football team?”

Now to be fair, as Bengals fans we know what our team is capable of.  We know how talented our QB can be and how he can use any and all weapons around him to make the other team’s defense look silly.  We know how talented our defense can be when they rotate the line efficiently, put pressure on the QB and stop the run.  We know how talented our special teams can be when they make the right choice and then stick to it.  As Bengals fans WE KNOW how talented our team CAN be.  The problem is that they don’t live up to their own talent and our expectations most of the time.  I guess it’s part of being a Bengal.  However, this past Sunday, they lived up to both ends.  Let’s look ahead.

Week 1: Mon, Sep 10 – Cincinnati at Baltimore Ravens, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)

13-44  L 0-1

1-0 on Picks

Week 2: Sun, Sep 16 – Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

37-27   W 1-1

2-0 on Picks

Week 3: Sun, Sep 23 – Cincinnati at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

38-31 W 2-1

3-0 on Picks

Week 4: Sun, Sep 30 – Cincinnati at Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

27-10 W 3-1

4-0 on Picks

Week 5: Sun, Oct 7 – Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

17-13  L 3-2

4-1 on Picks

Week 6: Sun, Oct 14 – Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

34-24 L 3-3

4-2 on Picks

Week 7: Sun, Oct 21 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

12-17 L 3-4

4-3 on Picks

Week 8BYE

Week 9: Sun, Nov 4 – Denver Broncos at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

31-23 L 3-5

4-4 on Picks

Week 10: Sun, Nov 11 – New York Giants at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

31-13 W 4-5

4-5 on Picks

Week 11: Sun, Nov 18 – Cincinnati at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

I’m gonna be honest.  I picked our boys to lose last week and they shoved it down my throat.  I will eat it gladly boys.  This week I know is a win.  If people thought that the Giant’s secondary had holes in it then the Chiefs have craters.  Their secondary, whether it’s man or zone, leave WAY to much room for receivers to catch the ball.  That’s a plus considering our yards after the catch stat is so awesome…I couldn’t find it anywhere to include it in this article, but it’s awesome!  Dalton is going to have a field day and since all my buddies on the podcast made ‘Bold Predictions’ this Wednesday then I’ll make one as well.  Dalton throws for 400 yards.  However, I would love to see Peerman carry the ball a little bit more.  I think we’ve got gold there and we need to use it.  Same for Sanu…couldn’t have been happier with his performance last week.

As far as D goes…our boys SHOULD pick Cassel apart.  We’ve got to do one of two things.  Either get up early or stop the run.  One of those is going to force Cassel to throw the ball more which will give us more of a chance to put pressure on him which will make him throw INTs.  Turnovers = Ws.  I know Marvin has been saying it for years but I’m saying it know.  Let’s dominate that turnover margin again!  Wow…that sounds so sexy when I say it like that.  Anyways…should be another big week.  Can’t get over confident but confidence is exactly what this team needs right now.  Especially after a big win like last week.  35-10 win at Arrowhead.  WHO DEY boys!!!

W 5-5

Week 12: Sun, Nov 25 – Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

W 6-5

Week 13: Sun, Dec 2 – Cincinnati at San Diego Chargers, 4:15 p.m. ET (CBS)

W 7-5

Week 14: Sun, Dec 9 – Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)

L 7-6

Week 15: Thu, Dec 13 – Cincinnati at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET (NFL)

W 8-6

Week 16: Sun, Dec 23 – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

W 9-6

Week 17: Sun, Dec 30 – Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

W 10-6