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: September 29, 2009 9:25 am
Edited on: September 29, 2009 9:26 am

Was TJ the Problem In the Bengals Locker Room?

Houshmandzadeh fails to deliver, says it's not his fault

Posted by Mike Florio on September 28, 2009 8:03 AM ETWe've got no specific issue with the 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: December 17, 2008 2:33 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2008 7:58 am

A Win for the Ages!!! Bengals get #2 for 08'

Was it a win for the ages? Not quite.... But at least they won for the second time this year. The Bengals actually played a decent game for the first time in awhile. The Bengals have gotten crushed the 3 previous weeks by the Steelers, the Colts, and the Ravens. The three previous games were UGLY! But, I stuck by my poor Bengals and they were able to squeak out their second win of the season. They have played the NFC East much better than the AFC North. In honor of their amazing feat I have ended my blog strike and I will be covering the Bengals again. I am excited to see what changes are in-store for the Bengals this off-season. The one bright spot this year has been the play of the young defense. Under Mike Zimmer the defense has really turned things around and has given me hope that maybe someday the Bengals can have a complete team. They need to get better up front on both sides of the ball, but I don't think they are that far off from competing.

D's Upgrades for the Bengals:

  1. Oline Upgrade and get Carson Healthy (Center and OT)
  2. Find a pass rusher some how.
  3. Get a nice RB in the 3rd or 4th round.
  4. Re-sign Benson and TJ.
  5. Upgrade Depth.

Congrats Bengals on #2!!!

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