Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:01 am
1st of all the Patriots are undefeated in opeing games at Gillete Stadium. Give Belichick an entire off-season and pre-season to prepare for the game. He is going to have his team ready... They WERE! Brady is now 2 years removed from his knee surgery. The guy has 3 superbowl rings. He is GOOD. Especially when you don't pressure him.
The Patriots may be the best team in football. They went 18-1. Brady got injured and they went 11-5. Last year they still won the division and they were a team in transistion. Brady was coming off a major knee injury and the Pats knew they weren't a Superbowl team. So they traded their best defensive player to Oakland and loaded up on picks and young defensive players. Now they are geared up. They lost to the Ravens in the playoffs last year and that had everyone thinking the Pats were done. We all saw what kind of team they are with Welker. He didn't play vs. the Ravens. Their D is a year older and much better.
So the Bengals feeling a little bit confident and hearing about how good they are walked into a team who was disrespected by the Jets loving Media and got embarrased in the 1st half.
That game might have been what the Bengals needed. They got punched in the face and they did respond. Now they will hear about how bad they are and sometimes the Bengals need to hear they suck! I imagine everyone will take the Ravens vs. The Bengals and we will see a COMPLETLEY different Bengals team.
The Ravens are coming off a short week and are feeling good about themselves. This game is basically a must win for the Bengals.
Remember last year. They lost to the Broncos in a fluke and they responded well. I actually would prefer to lose like they did to the Patriots instead of the B.S. that happend in Week 1 last year. That was just AWFUL!
So basically lets see how the Bengals respond. They may have played the best team in football week # 1?
Posted on: August 1, 2010 9:20 pm
I think anyone can win the division. I mean it is the NFL. None of you gave the Bengals a chance last year.
The T.O. signing has been just what the DR. ordered. I mean not so much because what he can do on the field... Don't get me wrong that is huge but what the T.O. signing did was get momentum back in the Bengals locker room. After how last season ended... it was almost like the Bengals didn't win the division that the season was a failure. The T.O. signing has eveyone forgeting how last season ended. Now it is the OCHO/T.O. Combo SHOW! There is a buzz around the Bengals. Excitement! The players, the fans, and the city are ready. Last years playoff loss is OLD news now...
Now T.O. signing is a risk. It is imperative that the Bengals start off strong. The Bengals need the momentum! They need everyone feeling good and on boad. The Bengals open with the Patriots and Ravens... They need to at least split those. The schedule gets a little easier after that but the Bengals need have a good record going into the Bye week. They can't let any finger pointing or give me the ball more and we will win stuff going on. Like we aren't throwing enough. We need to run the ball more. They need to have an identity and have eveyone signed up. If that happens and the Bengals stay healthy they should be in playoff contention. They have a tough schedule so all I am hoping for is that they make the playoffs. Just get in the tournamanet and see what happends!
I CAN'T WAIT FOR FOOTBALL!!!
The Ravens seemed to be the trendy pick. The injuries have certainly hurt but with Ray Rice running the ball that should open things up for everyone on offense. The real question is the D... Will it hold up? I think it will be the secondary is a weakness. Their stars are a year older. Ed Reed is banged up...
If the Steelers survive Ben's suspension and is re-acclimation they should be fine. You have to wonder what is going on with the Steelers. I am thinking Tomlin is now Cowher. He is more Larry Cocker... The Steelers lost some big games at the end of last year. Who knows... I'd be worried if I was a Steelers fan a little bit. But they are the Steelers and I will never ever count them out. That would be foolish and stupid!
Posted on: December 8, 2009 8:26 am
Every July like clockwork the message boards come alive on the eve of the "New" football season. The teams who had prior success the year before talk of great things, some fans talk of improvement and just maybe if things go right this year... and then you have the teams just hoping to win a game. Either way there is lots of chatter and hypothetical analysis as if fact is being spoken. Yes, this is the time of year where everyone has hope.
In July the Steelers and Ravens were the talk of the North. Rightfully so I must say, both teams coming off an AFC Championship game. The Superbowl champs and Flacco's O catching up with the vaunted D, this would be another year of Steelers/Ravens dominating the fall Sundays.
The Bengals were coming off a 4-11-1 '08, it was hard to imagine come the second week of December the Bengals could lock up the North. That is the reality after the Ravens dropped another one to the Packers to fall to 6-6, the Steelers join them both at 6-6. The best they can both hope for is 10-6. The Bengals own the tie breaker, so one more win by the Bengals and they will be in the playoffs. It will be time for celebration because who really knows when the next run to the playoffs will be.
Deep down were hoping could this be our year?!?!
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:10 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2009 8:44 am
In a year where NCR leaves Dayton, OH for Atlanta, GA where Iams pet food leaves Dayton for Mason, OH, the city of Dayton is at it again. In one year the city of Dayton loses its two biggest companies and now has to say good bye to its two best sports writing journalist / personalities. Under much fan fair and warm heart felt goodbyes, Hal McCoy said goodbye to his beloved loyal Reds fans. Hal got the chance to say goodbye! In October lightning struck twice in Dayton, Ohio, Chick Ludwig is no longer a Dayton sports personality and journalist for the Dayton Daily News. In a Baltimore Colts style move Chick was snuck out the back door of the Cox DDN HQ and is no longer covering the Bengals. He was "cough cough" retired from the Dayton Daily News. Chick didn't even get a chance to say good bye.
Posted on: October 28, 2009 9:59 am
First of all... What a great Start! If someone asked you in July, would you take a 5-2 record with wins over the Steelers and Ravens you would have taken it in a heart beat!
The Playoff picture in the AFC:
AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West
Patriots (5-2) Bengals (5-2) Colts (6-0) Broncos (6-0)
Jets (4-3) Steelers (5-2) Texans (4-3) Chargers (3-3)
Bills (3-4) Ravens (3-3) Jaguars (3-3)
It is time for Bengals fans to start rooting against the Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Steelers, Ravens, Texans, Jaguars and Chargers. I have the Patriots, Colts, and Broncos winning their division. I will post a AFC North Playoff outlook later. The Chargers, Jets, and Texans seem to be the teams that will most likely compete with the AFC North for the wildcard spots.
Kyle Cook needs to get some attention for his play. I think he has been the difference between last years awful Oline and this years suprise Oline. He is the strongest Bengals player and he is very smart. He makes the Oline calls and has had a great start to the season. What a steal for the Bengals. Cook was an undrafted FA that the Bengals signed off waivers from the Vikings. He is a huge upgrade over Eric Guichec.
After watching DeSean Jackson on Monday night... How great would he look in stripes? I just shake my head every time I think about Jerome Simpson and how the Bengals took him over Jackson. What were the Bengals thinking? Chris Perry and Jerome Simpson are just two head scratchers in the Marvin Lewis era. I would like to know who is the one that said Simpson would be better than Jackson.
Posted on: September 29, 2009 9:25 am
Edited on: September 29, 2009 9:26 am
Seahawks. (Other than, you know, those hideous green jerseys, which have screwed up our televisions -- and our retinas.)
But our commitment to exposing those who deserve to be exposed knows the boundaries of no team names or colors, and the Seahawks have on their roster a guy who deserves to be exposed.
Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh chased the best offer he found in free agency to the Pacific Northwest. And he has been running his mouth ever since.
"I just want to let everyone know that Matt Hasselbeck and I will be leading the Seahawks to the playoffs this season," Houshmandzadeh told Sporting News in June. "And we'll be going to the Pro Bowl as a tandem. We're both going to have top five seasons: He'll have a top five quarterback season, and I'll have a top five receiving season. I'll put up stats I've never had before yardswise because they're allowing me to be a complete receiver."
Houshmandzadeh also has expressed annoyance at the autograph requests he received in Cincinnati, explained away the fact that he wasn't getting any such requests in Seattle because of all the "millionaires" who live there, and griped about his Madden rating of 91 -- which based on his first three games in blue and radioactive green is about 16 points too high.
Most recently, he called out the Bears for not pursuing him in free agency, and Houshmandzadeh declared that he'd be open "95 percent" of the time against the Bears on Sunday.
The end result? Four catches, 35 yards, no touchdowns, and a lost fumble.
Houshmandzadeh's explanation? "I was open all game," he said, per the Chicago Tribune. "They just didn't throw me the ball."
This guy could indeed be the worst of all the diva receivers we've seen. Because, typically, the players who think their ability to run and catch footballs and score touchdowns causes the unpleasant aroma to disappear from the byproduct of their consumption of food adopt that attitude only after they have shown that they can run and catch footballs and score touchdowns.
Houshmandzadeh has placed the cart far in front of the horse. Currently, he's on track to become the next Alvin Harper or Peerless Price. So, in our view, his best bet would be to humble himself and to focus on perfecting his craft.
That might cause him to regard us as "haters." But, actually, if we were "haters," we'd just sit back, shut our mouths, fold our arms, and smile.
Maybe it wasn't Chad? Maybe TJ was the one who made the Bengals locker room so selfish? After reading this I almost hope the Seahawks crash and burn and the Bengals make the playoffs. Maybe this is why the Bengals didn't franchise TJ?? The next Alvin Harper comment made me chuckle. I admit I was always a big fan of TJ... But, I guess we are seeing the real TJ now?
Posted on: September 28, 2009 8:32 am
Twas the tale of two halves for the Cincinnati Bengals. On the first fall Sunday of the young NFL season the Bengals were knocked down but not knocked out. The Bengals were able to weather the storm brought on by the Steelers and fought their way to a come from behind victory. The Bengals entered the contest with a 1-1 record coming off a stunning victory at historic Lambeua field over the Green Bay Packers and a gut wrenching miracle loss to the Denver Broncos in week 1. The Bengals were coming in on a high note and seemed poised to at least give the Steelers the best game they have given them since 2006. The Steelers were coming into the game off a heart breaking loss to the Bears and seemed vulnerable but then again the Steelers never lose in the state of Ohio when Big Ben is their QB.
The game started off perfect for the Bengals, Andre Caldwell returned the opening kick off to midfield and for a short moment it seemed this Sunday would be different than the last 5. The high moral would be short last. The Bengals did absolutely nothing on their first drive and this set the tone for the first half. Big Ben did what Big Ben does... He avoided the rush, bought time, and delivered strikes to lead the Steelers to a 13-0 lead. The only positive thing the Bengals could hang onto was the fact it was only 13-0 and not worse. The Steelers absolutely dominated the first half. Big Ben hit Wille Parker on a 27-yard pass for the only TD of the half. The Bengals were able to muster a field goal right before half to make the game 13-3. The fact the Bengals only trailed 10 at half seemed to be a moral victory for the Bengals. They played so bad and to only be down 10 points was a small victory.
The 2nd half started out with a bang. Jonathan Joseph intercepted a Big Ben pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. The Bengals cut the lead to 13-9 after a botched snap. The Bengals really need to improve their snap and hold process. It has been awful this season and it cost the Bengals the playoffs in 2006. The Bengals seemed poised to make a game of it. The Steelers answered with a Big Ben QB sneak to make it 20-9. From this point on it was all Bengals. Carson and Co. entered the 4th quarter and put their game face on. Cedric Benson scampered for 23 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 20-15 after a failed 2pt conversion. The missed extra point seemed like it could be the Bengals doom. The Bengals D stopped the Steelers and finally sacked Big Ben, which gave the Bengals offense 1 more shot for a victory. Carson Palmer took the Bengals down to inside the Steelers 20 and this is when it got really exciting. The Bengals converted two 4th downs of 2 and 10 yards. Brian Leonard made the play of the game. On 4th and 10 Palmer stepped up and eluded the rush and hit Leonard 3 yards shy the first down. Leonard was tripped but was able to put his hand down and dive for the first down. It was an AWESOME play. On the next play Palmer hit Andre Caldwell for a 4-yard TD pass to take the lead. The Bengals converted on the 2pt conversion, which made the game 23-20, and there would be no miracles on this Sunday for the away team.
D's Play of the game:
- Brian Leornard's reception on 4th and 10.
The Turning Point:
- Johnathan Joseph's 30 yard Interception for a touchdown.
At Cleveland Browns
Posted on: February 27, 2009 12:24 pm
So far today in Free Agency... Stacey Andrews has signed with the Eagles for 7 million per year. TJ is on his way to Seattle to talk contract.
Around the AFC North...
Kellen Winslow has been traded to Tampa Bay for draft picks.
Will update with more news.