August 30, 2014

Bengals Dress Just Three Corners for Jags

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In a troubling, if not unexpected, development, the Bengals will dress just three true cornerbacks for today’s game in Jacksonville.  Down are starters Leon Hall and Nate Clements, along with back-up Jason Allen and first round pick Dre Kirkpatrick.  Kirkpatrick hasn’t seen the field yet this year, and Allen has played only a handful of [...]

Five Keys to Victory: Week Four

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Riding high with the win over Washington, Cincinnati makes its second early-season trip in as many years to Jacksonville.  The Jaguars are still in a rebuilding phase with QB Blaine Gabbert, who hasn’t shown as much as fellow 2011 draft picks Cam Newton, Christian Ponder, or our own Andy Dalton.  He does have some weapons, [...]

Week Three Hit List

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I hope you will forgive me as I know I’m a little late with this week’s hit list (by 3 days).  My “regular” job sometimes requires me to travel to far-off exotic lands where people speak in strange tongues and practice odd customs.  This week it was New Jersey.  Anyway, the Bengals won a very strange [...]

Crock’s Back; Lee Out

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With Nate Clements in a walking boot, Leon Hall nursing a hammy, Jason Allen down-again! and Dre Kirkpatrick still out, the Bengals had an alarming lack of depth in the secondary.  The only healthy corners as of this writing are Adam Jones and Terence Newman. Sweet. So, when considering the alternatives (none), the Bengals brought [...]

Five Keys: Week Three Postmortem

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  No matter how it may be achieved, victory in the NFL is hard to come by, and each one is sweet.  Such was the case last Sunday as our Queen City Cats, 3.5 point underdogs, went into FedEx field with its 80,000 screaming RGIII fanatics.  The 38-31 triumph was a heck of a game [...]

Five Keys To Victory: Week Three

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  Fail to the Redskins!  Here are my five keys to a Cincy win in the Capitol this Sunday: 1.  Score Early/Get Ahead:  The Bengals are on the road for the Redskins home opener.  FedEx field is huge, and usually sold out.  They will be loud and rocking as they get their highly-anticipated first look [...]

Week Two Hit List

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That breeze that blew through Bengaldom this week wasn’t a tornado, but a collective sigh of relief as the team managed to—just barely—beat an outmanned and outgunned Browns squad at PBS in the home opener.  The Bengals were able to win the game while allowing rookie Brandon Weeden to put up 322 yards passing, and [...]

Five Keys: Week Two Postmortem

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Well, despite the ongoing defensive deficiencies (and boy are there), the Bengals did manage to win the game on Sunday, and that feels a heck of a lot better than last week. Still, there are glaring problems on the defense.  Ironically, the defense was supposed to carry the offense, but Sunday it was the offense [...]

Five Keys To Victory: Week Two

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Well the Bengals literally limp into week two, battered and bruised by the Ravens and down yet another key player (LB Thomas Howard).  On the bright side, they will play at home in front of a sellout crowd cheering them on. That’s way better than playing on national TV on the road in Baltimore. Better [...]

Week One Hit List

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So that sucked. There are 15 games to go, the season is far from over, the defense can (and should) improve, yada-yada-yada. It’s too early to panic—no loading lifeboats just yet.  But last night’s 3rd quarter meltdown is troubling to say the least.  Essentially the defense was looking like hot garbage all game, and the [...]