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O for 08'

Posted on: October 20, 2008 3:25 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2008 9:42 am

Another Sunday, another loss for the hapless Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals dropped their seventh straight game to the visiting rival Steelers 38-10. The score is not totally indicative of how the game went but in the end it was all Steelers and very little Bengals.

The game could not have started off worse for the Bengals when the Steelers WR Hines Ward knocked out and broke Keith Rivers jaw on a questionable crack-back block. The block was clean but it appeared Ward lead with his helmet, which is illegal in the NFL. On their first drive the Steelers scored a touchdown and jumped out 7-0. The Bengals offense like, a 1980 Chevet in January, failed to start. The key kept turning but the engine just wouldn't start. The Bengals offense did not get a first down during the first quarter. They Bengals defense played tough despite being on the field most of the first half and held the Steelers to 10 first half points. The Bengals were able to orchestrate a nice two minute offense touchdown right before half. Fiztpatrick hit Chad Johnson on a nice back of the end zone tiptoe 5-yard touchdown.

After doing nothing in the first half the Bengals actually had the momentum heading into the second half. It would not lasttt. The Bengals did manage to get another field goal to cut the Steelers lead 17-10 before the 4th quarter started. After this field goal it was all Steelers and no Bengals. It seemed like the Steelers were playing against air. They moved the ball at will in the 4th quarter to burry the Bengals 38-10.

D's Pivotal Play: (Turning point)



The Good, The Bad, and The UGLY!

The Good:

  1. Cedric Benson's running and his collision with Troy Polamalu.
  2. Chris Henry's play.
  3. Andre Cadwell's kick returns.

The Bad:

  1. The play calling on offense.
  2. Keith Rivers injury.
  3. Chad and TJ's drops.

The Ugly:

  1. The punting game.
  2. The pass protection.
  3. The Offense.
  4. The 4th quarter effort.
  5. Losing to the Steelers again at Paul Brown Stadium.
Category: NFL
Tags: Bengals, Steelers

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2008 9:14 am

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After reading all the posts,I cannot add much more to this mess of a team. There are too many problems,too many holes to plug,and,like Iggy said,I did not expect a season like this. The biggest complaint I have is that for the past several seasons,we are not closing games out in the 4th quarter,and its painful to watch when you see the 15:00 timer start at the beginning of the 4th.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 5:38 pm

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May I add to your lists?

The Good:

  • The quick-out scoring drive that ended in a TD to Chad. The Steelers looked like they were on the wrong page that entire series, not getting pressure on Fitz quickly enough, and too many options to cover. The quick outs set up a pretty good, but slightly over-thrown pass to 85 later in the game.

The Bad:

  • The Steelers didn't allow a sack, after a rather pourous OL all year. No Bengal pass rush of consequence (five sacks on the season!), and Bengal blitzes were picked apart by Big Ben.

The Ugly:

  • The seven sacks allowed bringing the Bengals '08 total to 26  (17 for all of '07). So we didn't need Willie, or Richie, anymore? Maybe that's why they signed Andrew Crummey today off the Redskins practice squad ()

For whatever it's worth, I'm tired of all the complaining about Fitzpatrick. He's completing passes at a slightly higher % than Carson's season average. The OL can't open holes for RBs, so no effective running game, and the pass protection has been so bad that our starting QB got beat up before the season even started. The picture of Carson's bloody face in the New Orleans game was a pretty bad omen.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 4:14 pm

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And the Bengals either have to find somebody with leadership skills or draft somebody with those skills. Many is the time I have found myself thinking, Carson Palmer needs a good dose of Boomer Esiason for what ails him. Palmer is too quiet and too reserved. The team needs somebody, since the quarterback won't do it and the head coach apparently won't or CAN'T do it, who will kick asses and take names.

The team, as a whole, lacks commitment, dedication and esprit de corps. If this team had any stones, Hines Ward should have been very uncomfortable the rest of that game on Sunday. I'm not talking about retaliation. I'm just talking about giving the man a richly deserved and badly needed dose of his own medicine.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 3:04 pm

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Yeah, Chinny got caught in between and he bit on the short route. I hate to admit it, but it was a beautiful play, just for the wrong team!

As far as the draft goes, I think the Bengals have to concentrate on the offensive line. This past year, draftwise and organizationally, I think they focused on the defense and assumed the offense would take care of itself. When that began to unravel -- which I believe started in the off-season with Chad's antics and got exponentially worse with the releases of Rudi Johnson and Willie Anderson -- everything went to pieces. The injury to Carson Palmer sealed it.

I don't recall what happened to Dan Santucci, but with him and Kyle Cook both on IR, Eric Ghiaciuc is all there is at center. They need to get a center or a left tackle, preferably both, and at least one of them needs to be ready to start at the pro level, or at least be able to do it by the end of the pre-season. They need to develop somebody who can do what Rich Braham used to do and what most good centers can do -- be the brain of the offensive line. I haven't had a chance to look at the draft class for next year yet so I don't know who to point to for them to go after.

The Bengals also need to find an anchor for the defensive line. The pass rush has been sorely lacking this year. There have to be guys bringing pressure up front to allow the linebackers and the defensive backs to do their jobs, particularly on called blitzes. There are some linebackers developing now and the secondary is improved, but the line needs work. And, to be fair, the linebackers and secondary need more development and more seasoning.

Fix the offensive line and I think the offense gets better fairly quickly. Better protection equals more time for the quarterback and more time for plays to develop and those mean more opportunities to move the ball. On many teams, where the quarterback trusts his line to give him at least adequate protection a good amount of the time, that quarterback has the opportunity to change the play based on what he sees in front of him. For the Bengals, I don't think Ryan Fitzpatrick has had any kind of chance to get that comfortable. Most of the time, he's running for his life looking for an open receiver or hoping the running back can hold on to the ball on a hand-off. These both assume he's not already laying on the ground before anything else can happen.

The rest of this year is going to be brutal for us Bengals fans. Then, we'll have to wait and see if the Bengals can figure out a way to screw up another draft.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 12:09 pm

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Big Ben's pass killed any hope of a comeback. I knew it was over right then. I think Pope thought he had deep help and Ndukewe went after the other reciever.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 12:00 pm

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I just didn't see a year like this coming... The Bengals have at least been around 8-8 during the Lewis era and it just seems the wheels fell off. I think the Willie Anderson release was a terrible move. Willie was past his prime but he was the leader of this team and the offensive line. The Bengals troubles this year start with the play on the oline. The D has played much better this year and if the Offense gave the Bengals anything they would be a good team. The AFC is wide open this year.. It could have been the Bengals year. Now, I don't even have optimism for next year. This team just hasn't been the same since Rich Braham retired....

What do you think we should draft?

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 11:36 am

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That should read "You could just about feel it coming." Sheesh, darned hands! 

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 11:34 am

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D's Pivotal Play: (Turning point)


  • 's 50-yard touchdown pass to .


Dknow -- you are so right. Even considering Keith Rivers getting drilled and knocked out of the game, the Bengals were still in it heading toward the end of the third quarter. But, you could see the defense wearing down, and I was just waiting for the inevitable letdown. You could just about feeling it coming. That play was the stake through the Bengals' heart on Sunday, the gateway to the fourth-quarter meltdown.


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