PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
The Bengals are one of the most bipolar teams I know. One year they cruise into the playoffs and follow it up with a disastrous season.
"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter
There's a reason they didn't beat any teams over .500 last year. They're trending up, but it could be a long year with their schedule.
The Browns game is no longer a gimme with the way their defense has been playing. Cincy came close to losing both contests last year and probably will lose this one. Yes, Weeden stunk, but the Philly defense is much much MUCH better than the Cincy defense.
The Bengals are the reason I gave up on pro football in general.
The world is full of kings & queens who'll blind your eyes & steal your dreams - it's heaven & hell - Ronnie James Dio.
I wouldnt jump the gun on the Bengals just yet..they are going to be a real good football team. They have an ungodly amount of young talent, but walking into the Ravens home turf on the season opener with a croud that is all kinds of hyped up because they want to "win this one for the late Art Modell"(Sp?)....the Ravens are a tough team and could give anybody in the NFL a run for their money..and besides look at it this way, Michigan sucks!
They should have fired their coach years ago. This guy has more down years than up. I don't see why they keep him, he hasn't won or done anything to keep his job this long. They have had some decent drafts and decent teams(on paper).
Wherever you are, there you be!
it could be worse they could be the browns... jk... the bengals are suppose to be good but they are a little while away. dunlap needs to stay healthy a so does the offensive line. the starting left guard and center are injured. replacing them are a 2nd yr 4th rounder and a undrafted free agent from the factory of underachievers notre dame. apparently lost a lot more than i thought when rucker and another dt left for green bay. the defense was the strong area of the team last year and they were getting SHREDDED by flacco. so long story short there are many problems with the professional ohio football teams. however if we could combine the 2 i think we could make a formidable franchise lol
mark may wins douchebag of the year... again
I was actually pleasantly surprised with the Bengals' offense: the law firm (Green-Ellis) at running back showed a vast improvement over Cedric Benson's two-yard piledrives, our receivers (the ones not named Gresham or Green) looked solid, and Dalton played a pretty smart game. Though, his deep-ball passing was bad--if this was a focal point in the offseason, he's got a long way to go.
Keep in mind, the Bengals' defense (and offense, for that matter) is pretty bruised and battered: Dre Kirkpatrick (who probably has the best man coverage skills) has been injured all preseason and should return soon; Carlos Dunlap--an absolute monster of a pass rusher (probably the equal to pro-bowl Tackle Geno Atkins)--was out as well and should be returning next week; those two losses alone account for the Bengals' relative inability to stop the pass, especially when you couple it with defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's penchant for all-or-nothing blitzes. Expect their returns to facilitate overall defensive improvement, but the pass coverage will most likely be an issue all season, hence the need for blitzes to rush the quarterback.
I watched almost the whole game (couldn't bare to watch anymore after Eddy Reed's pick six, besides it was basically garbage time afterwards), and I can say it wasn't just a problem of coverage--Flacco was seriously on his game. Multiple times he was hitting guys Aaron-Rodgers-style, which loosely translates to "it doesn't matter how well you cover your man, this pass is indefensable." I didn't really see a lot of busted coverages, though the Bengals need to learn how to cover tight ends, because they've been an achilles heel for years.
Bottom line, we got beat like a drum to probably one of the NFL's top three teams--a team that was playing at home in a raucus enviornment in their season opener on Monday night. I'll also mention this: the Bengals dropped two interceptions, and the Ravens' second touchdown was not a catch by any means--the scab refs completely blew that call.
Would any of those things changed the end result? No. But the game would have been a Hell of a lot closer.
Ravens are scary good. I shudder to think what would've happened if the Browns were on the field last night. Weeden absolutely sucks. Dalton looked competent for the most part outside of a couple of bad throws and that fumble. The Bengals are still miles ahead of the Browns.
Class of 2010.
When Mike Brown retires or dies I will pay attention to the Bengals, until then it's a total waste of time and energy.
Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University
I expected the Bengals to lose last night, they were going to Baltimore, it's hard to win their and the Bengals don't beat teams that have winning records or are playoff caliber. I didn't however, expect them to get embarrassed on National TV. Their defense was supposed to be their strong suit. Well, they made Baltimore look like the Saints or Packers offense out there.
I thought last night the score would be 21-14 or 24-10 something along those lines, I thought they may be a 7-9 win team. Now, I'm thinking 4-6 is more likely.
@kfleck, unfortunately, the Brown Family will still own and run the team. I don't have much faith that things will change much.
the change is already apparent in the past 3 drafts. the browns have ponied up some money in the scouting dept. ive been as hard on mike as anyone but lately he hasnt been a terrible gm. mikes best gm'ing comes when he is least involved in the activities of the bengals. his dad was a football god, him not at all and i hated him since i was old enough to know he was the problem. hes not the problem anymore though the bengals run the division next yr pitt and balt are getting old.
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