I've been so bored of Bengals games lately. And I'm not complaining (well, maybe a little) because for the most part, we're winning games. I've voiced my opinion in a few threads about the current brand of offense, which has been excused because the Bengals defeated the Browns and Lions. I contend that the Oakland game is case in point as to why this sort of offense isn't the answer, but alas, I digress. Our boys are 9-3, potentially one week away from sealing the AFC North, and have a blue print to beat the Vikings after their drubbing at the hands of Kurt Warner and his second greatest show on turf. Anyhow, here are some cool stories that mention the Bengals.
- Michael Johnson is a pretty nifty pass rusher, so says John Eradi, and that's just about all he's been asked to do so far this season. Many people have good things to say about the young third round defensive end, who should only become better with time, because he's phyiscally a freak of nature.
- Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati's most famous and probably most decorated sports journalist, says that these Bengals are not the best kind of 9-3. I guess the best kind of 9-3 would be 11-1 and not 9-3, but never the less, Doc says the Bengals need to figure out how to score, or this fairy tale season will have an unhappy ending. I'm inclined to agree, because this rush attack is bad at scoring points even if it is good at chewing up time. Need moar rhythm, moar points, plz.
- Joe Reedy recaps the game, and he includes a nifty little quote from our offensive coordinator, innovative genius, admitting that he may be running the ball on first and second down too predictably. WOW! The genius must be reading Cincy Jungle.
- Cedric Benson ran the ball a whole lot of times considering it was his first game back from injury. I guess the coaches didn't think he deserved some rest, or forgot we had another bell cow in the stable, as Ced continued to take hits in the 4th quarter. Scott Priestle got Ced's take.
- Priestle also reminds us that there aren't any polls in the NFL, so it doesn't really matter how we win as long as we win. I contend that while there are not polls, it matters how we win, because if we can't throw the ball and find BALANCE, we can't beat the Colts or Saints. Just my opinion.
- CNati.com provides excellent photography at every Bengals game.
- Not much coverage of the Bengals in national media. Here are post-game quotes, and that's about all I got.