October 21, 2014

Five Keys: Week One Postmortem

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Yesterday I provided my five keys to an upset Bengals win in Baltimore.  Here’s how they did on each:  1.  Score First:  Didn’t Happen I opined that the best way to keep the crowd subdued was to get an early lead—even if only 3 points, and that going down by 2 scores or more would [...]

Five Keys to an Opening Win

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The waiting is finally over!  Tonight the Bengals begin their 2012 journey on Monday Night Football from the very unfriendly confines of M&T Stadium in Baltimore. The Bengals couldn’t have (and probably wouldn’t have) asked for a more challenging way to open the season.  Baltimore hasn’t lost a regular season home game since 2009, and [...]

Florio Predicts Playoffs For Bengals

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As we get closer to the opening weekend of the 2012 NFL Season, it’s time for the so-called “experts”  to give us with their final preseason predictions and prognostications.  These “personalities” give us their deep thoughts on who will win each division, who will secure the 4 wild cards, and ultimately who will face off in [...]

Position-by-Position Breakdown of the 53

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Here’s a position-by-position look at the current Bengals 53: Quarterbacks (2):  Andy Dalton, Bruce Gradkowski It was assumed the Bengals would only carry two signal-callers, and that’s exactly what happened with starter Dalton entrenched and Jay Gruden favorite Bruce Gradkowski as the lone back-up.  Zac Robinson played well in the preseason, and is eligible to [...]

Bengals Trim Roster to 53

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The Bengals have announced the cuts/roster moves necessary to get down to the 53 man limit as required by 9:00 PM EDT today.  Here the are: Waived:  DT Nick Hayden, DT Vaughn Meatoga,  CB T.J. Heath, RB Boom Herron, OG Otis Hudson, LB Grant Hunter, LB Emmanuel Lamur, DE Micah Johnson, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, T [...]

A Little Nervous…

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Tonight our Bengals play their final tune-up for the regular season against the new-look, Luck-ed up Colts.  There won’t be much to see from the starters, so there won’t be much opportunity to see the guys who will take the majority of the snaps against Baltimore in the big Monday Night opener.  That’s too bad, [...]

Relax! Part Two: CB

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Yesterday I addressed  the incessant hand-wringing in Who Dey-ville regarding the second starting WR position.  Today, I’ll look at another area that seems to get a lot of publicity from fans and “experts” alike:  The cornerbacks. It seems this area of the team is concerning to the overpaid and blowhard “pundits,” and with all due [...]

Relax-Part One: WR2

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As we head to training camp (roughly a month away at this point-thank God!), there are two positions that seem to be the cause of a lot of fretting and nail-biting that I just don’t understand. WR2 and CB. Now, I whole-heartedly agree that these two positions are of huge importance to the team’s chances [...]

Could A Corner Be Our Second Best Safety?

Could Newman contribute as a Safety in Mike Zimmer's D?

Mike Zimmer has been nothing less than a Godsend to the Bengals.  In his relatively short time in the Queen City, he’s managed to turn the Bengals defense from an annual sore spot and laughing stock to the unit that often single-handedly wins games.  Perhaps most impressively, he’s done it with a hodgepodge of parts [...]

Run Game Improvements Trump Number Two Receiver Question

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  It seems that the most interesting and entertaining debate in Bengal circles revolves around the opening for a number two receiver.  The debate has been raging for weeks now, with fans making cases for vets like Brandon Tate and Armon Binns, or pushing the virtues of rookies Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones. It’ll make [...]