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From Ocho to Cinco - Bengals Thoughts

Posted on: September 3, 2008 12:06 am
My Reds are in the garbage right now so I'm looking towards football season hardcore. This is a position I'm used to consider my beloved baseball team hasn't treated me to the playoffs in a long long time but it's still tough. Finally, relief is here on Thursday as the NFL regular season kicks off. I could care less who wins but, regardless, it's regular season football and I have fantasy football interests. Come Sunday, my Bengals start their season against the Baltimore Ravens.

As I'm sure everyone in Cincinnati is aware, the Bengals are a bit of a question mark this season. Even before Chad Ocho Cinco hurt himself in the pre-season, I didn't have high hopes for this team. Plus, with the addition of Chris Henry I am just perplexed. Coach Marvin Lewis was very clear in his distaste for Henry and the ownership went behind his back to add him again. That sort of action from the head office doesn't bode well for the cooperation of this team. That's just the behind the scenes situation.

At the fore-front we have injuries, most notably T.J. Houshmanzadeh. Beyond that, we dropped the ailing Rudi Johnson, even after off-season touting of his increased strength. The question becomes whether or not Chris Perry and Kenny Watson are capable of getting something going on the ground. At the same time, we need Carson Palmer to be able to get the ball to T.J. and Chad. We also need them to be healthy enough to even be on the field. This could all fall apart if our O-Line is as thin as it was in the pre-season. Nothing is going to happen if Carson is on the ground the whole season.

Another urgent question that will be answered is whether Keith Rivers is enough to turn the defense around. Can this team start to stop the run and can we cause some serious turn overs in the secondary like we did in 2005. If this team isn't scoring much on offense then we will need the guys on D to really step up and stay healthy.

Health is really the key to this season. If our guys can get healthy and stay healthy, then we have a good chance of competing for the division title. We also need to stay out of trouble, and keep the press for this team positive. The guys need to take the criticism of the past and focus that into their game play. If they can play as a team and stay positive, good things can happen. This is a division that is far more open than people think.


Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: September 3, 2008 7:30 am

From Ocho to Cinco - Bengals Thoughts

Nati- I ceratinly agree abou the Reds. Another year of false hope. I'll resume being a Reds fan as soon as they clear out the manager and the dead weight this team is carrying. My feelings towards the Bengals this year is about the same as the Reds. I don't hold any high hopes for this team this year. I am expecting them to have a defense that ranks in the bottom of the league. I expect Palmer to be throwing about 40 passes a game because they have no ground game. I expect the Bengal infirmary to be a busy place, as it is every year. And, my final thought is that I would doubt very seriously this team will go through another season without incident. This team is so under the microscope right now, that people are just looking for anything to write about. The sad part of this whole situation with the Bengals is that the whole league see's whats going on. What player in their right mind would want ot come to play in Cincinnati? They don't pay anything. The city itself doesn't offer much. Don't get me wrong, I like Cincinnati, but would you take Cincy over Tampa, New York, Boston? Probably not. It seems that Cincinnati's professional franchises have an evil voodoo on them right now. Unless they find some sort of witch doctor to remove this curse, this town is in for a long haul of losing. I think the witch doctor needs to rid this town of four things in general, Mike Brown, Bob Castellini, Marvin Lewis,  and most of all Dusty Baker. Maybe then, and only then, will Cincinnati have a chance to reform itself and return to a city of contenders.

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