Posted on: August 1, 2010 9:20 pm

The Bengals and the AFC North... and T.O.

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!


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!

The Browns.. Heck maybe they will pull a 2009 Bengals? They seem to be going in the right direction but i jus don't think they are there yet.

Posted on: December 8, 2009 8:26 am

In July... It was hard to imagine...The AFC North

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

Top Bengals Writer Chick Ludwig Moves To Enquirer

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.

Rumor has it; the day Chick went on the Free Agent market he was scooped up by the Cincinnati Enquirer where he will continue his blog. Chick always has an entertaining blog where he gives a lot of good insight about what is going on with the Bengals. He has a lot of good connections inside the organization and he was one of the few journalists Chad Johnson would talk to in his media hiatus. Chick covers the Bengals mostly but he will also discuss some of his other passions. I enjoy his articles on the local high school football scene in S.W. Ohio.

Here is Chick's blog. Read up on it Bengals fans, AFC North fans and really all football fans. Support Chick at his new home.


Posted on: October 28, 2009 9:59 am

Dknow's Random Thoughts... Bengals... Playoffs?

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)
Dolphins  (2-4)

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: November 3, 2008 10:21 am
Edited on: November 3, 2008 10:25 am

Finally! A WIN!

On a perfect November Sunday the Bengals FINALLY got their first win. After eight weeks of "Bungaling" the Bengals FINALLY came out on top with a 21-19 win over the Jaguars! It seemed this day would never come after the Bengals were embarrassed by the Texans 35-6. The Bengals came out and played with heart and emotion and fought their way to a victory. The crowd really helped the Bengals in this game. If you were judging the teams success on the fans and their attitude you would think the Bengals were a playoff contender. The city of Cincinnati was alive with tailgating and "Who-Dey" chants before the game. Hopefully, someday the Bengals will put together a product on the field worthy of their loyal fans. The fans of the Bengals deserve a winner!

The game started off much different than the previous eight. The Bengals actually came out and scored a touchdown in the first quarter. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Chad Johnson for a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead. The Bengals defense came out and played their best game of the season. They shut the Jaguars vaunted running attack down! They didn't let the Jags score a point in the first quarter. In the 2nd quarter the Bengals continued to move the ball and Fitzpatrick hooked up with Chad Johnson again for a 10-yard touchdown. The Bengals were up 14-0 and it seemed like they could actually win a game. The defense continued to play tough and held the Jaguars to 3 points in the first half. The Bengals went into the half with a 14-3 lead.

The Bengals came out and played determined football. They were able to run on the Jaguars. Cedric Benson had his first 100 yard game as a Bengal and he scored on a 7 yard touchdown run to extend the Bengals lead to 21-3. In the 4th quarter the Bengals had to make it interesting. The Jaguars were able to muster up a field goal to cut the lead to 21-6. On the ensuing kickoff Glenn Holt fumbled and the ball was recovered and returned 18 yards for a Jacksonville Touchdown. The score was 21-13 after the touchdown and it seemed the game was slipping away. The Jaguars made it really scary when they drove down the field and Maurice Jones-Drew scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and it cut the Bengals lead to 2. The Jaguars went for the 2-point conversion but the Bengals stopped the attempt and hung on to win 21-19.

D's Pivotal Play:

- Ryan Fitzpatrick's 2 yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson in the 1st quarter. The Bengals scored their first 1st quarter touchdown of the year and it set the tone for the game. The Bengals came out and played inspired football and got their first W in 2008.

The Good:

  1. The defense overall.
  2. The run defense!
  3. Cedric Benson.
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick to Chad Johnson.
  5. The play of O-line.
  6. Pat Sims and Johnathan Joseph

The Bad:

  1. No 4th quarter points.

The Ugly:

  1. Glenn Holt's fumble.
  2. The Jaguars 16 pts in the 4th quarter.


Random Thoughts:

Even though the Bengals were 0-8 the fans have stayed loyal and continue to come out and support their team. The defense played very good. They have to continue to play Pat Sims. Have the Bengals finally found their DT's of the future in Peko and Sims? T.J. has taken over as leader of the Bengals. They have to re-sign T.J. They came out and played inspired football. Hopefully this win is something the Bengals can build on and focus on getting this young team ready for 2009'. The defense played its best game in a long time. Have the Bengals seen enough from Cedric Benson to lock him up long term? He only signed a 1-year deal. I have to think Benson could be the answer at RB. I think they should sign him so they can concentrate on other areas in the draft.



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