So, being in North Carolina, I got to go see the game and being giddy as a kid in a candy store, I wanted to post my observations, though will try and circumscribe them to those which probably wouldn't have been noticed on tv.
-Dennis Roland looked larger in person than he does on tv. I have to admit I am slowly becoming a Dennis Roland fan. After keying on him for several plays, I don't believe I saw him miss a single block and he held up prettty well under pass protection. In fact, he looks like a pissed off guy who is tired of hearing criticisms and has developed a mean streak - which I like.
-Geno Atkins on the other hand looked very small on the line, though every time I keyed on him, he was pushing his offensive guard back into the pocket. Out of all the tackles, I think he has the best line surging capabilities and could very easily end up being a starter by the end of this year.
-No Andre Smith. I didn't get to see the roster, but was Andre Smith deactivated for the game? I don't believe I saw him once - not just on the field, but off it.
-Bobbie Williams looked like a pregnant turtle with a dislocated hip when I saw him running onto the field after halftime. Granted, I think he can still currently get it done, but after painfully watching him hobble across the field, it seems he may need to pass on the torch as early as next season....possibly by Andre Smith? Can we put out a BOLO for him?
-Nate Livings at one point had a very impressive guard pull in which he rolled to the right across the line and looked fast for a 330 pounder. I'd like to see some more of that.
-There were a lot of empty seats and Bengals jersies at the Panther stadium. Not sure what the actual numbers were, but it seemed like the stadium was only 2/3 full (which could have beed due to the rain) and at one point I counted 17 Bengal Jersies vs 93 Panther Jersies in my section. Made me proud... Though at the same time, in a sad way, the gloomy-looking Panther fans sort of reminded me of what I felt like for over a decade as a Bengals fan.
-I noticed Jordan Palmer at one point wearing his hat backwards. I dunno, just thought I'd point it out... Seemed a little odd for the brother of Carson Palmer.... and makes me question his intellect.
-Roy Williams seems to have a knack for anticipating where the ball is going. Watching him move around before the snap was impressive and he seemed to at least be within the vicinity of most plays.