July 25, 2014

AFC North… Up For Grabs?

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Come to the NFL’s version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and see what the Candy Man might be conjuring. Few of us called that Charlie Batch would beat the Ravens on Sunday… in one of the toughest stadiums around to get a road win. But he did. And the Steelers just may have moved the [...]

From across the pond part 3

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The Bengals, after their 3rd straight defeat of the season to AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers are now sobering up to the harsh reality that their current form suggests they’re one of the bottom dwellers of the NFL. Adding further insult to injury is that they’re now 1-3 within the AFC North and have been [...]

Game Time: Inactives & Final Thoughts Before Kickoff

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Inactive Lists: With about 20 minutes until kick-off, here are the inactive lists for both the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers and our Cincinnati Bengals: Steelers:  S Troy Polamalu, RB Rashard Mendenhall, RB Isaac Redman, OT Marcus Gilbert, LB Chris Carter, QB Charlie Batch, and C Maurkice Pouncey Bengals:  LB Dontay Moch, RB Brian Leonard, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cleveland, You Make Me Laugh

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I knew it would come. I just didn’t expect it to happen this fast. Four months ago I was upbraided by a throng of BoneHeads (Cleveland’s version of a cheese head) for questioning the Browns’ receivers and the wisdom of dumping yet another QB. I was colorfully informed that the sum total of all of [...]

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 [...]