BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 20: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 31-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Good morning Bengals Nation. It's Tuesday so the worst day of the week is done and over with. Grab yourself a gallon of coffee and three dozen donuts and dash off to work until your boss notices that you're late. And if he does notice then hand over one of your boxes of donuts. Who can say no to donuts anyways?
Alright so it's rebound week for the Bengals. They lost two games in a row for the second time this season. Do I hear another five-game winning streak? I doubt that will happen, but one can hope. It's time to forget about last week's game and the blown call from the referees. There's nothing that can be done about it now and us complaining about it won't change the outcome of the game.
This is the week that the Bengals should be able to get back on track. They square-off against the Cleveland Browns who they already defeated in the season opener. Since the Bengals have gone up, while the Browns remain the same spot that they are accustomed to, in the basement.
The Browns have one of the worst offenses in the league. They lack weapons on offense. Outside of Mohamed Massaquoi they don't have many targets in the passing game. The only other person to watch out for on offense is running back Chris Ogbonnaya. That past two weeks he has rushed for 205 yards and a touchdown. Colt McCoy has been decent, but he lacks bodies to pass to. And that's great news for the Bengals as they aim to return to the win column. The defense should have a field day on McCoy and the remainder of the offense.
Alright here is a look at what you may have missed or overlooked from Monday.
- Get caught up with the latest Monday Touchdown.
- The Browns have already announced that running back Peyton Hillis and safety T.J. Ward will both be inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals. That's good news for the Bengals that two of the Browns top players won't be in the game.
- Andy Dalton has been down right amazing this season. His 15 touchdowns passes through 10 games has him sitting with some elite company. Take that Cam Newton, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, and Jake Locker.
- The Game Ball of the Week goes to......I'll only reveal who it is if someone gets me a jet ski.
- Jay Gruden is in his first year as the Bengals offensive coordinator. And the Bengals offensive success could be his ticket to a head coaching gig sooner rather than later. Don't leave Gruden you're just now getting started with the transformation of the Bengals.
- The Bengals Week 13 match-up against the Steelers will not be moved into the Sunday Night time slot.
- On Sunday Andy Dalton threw three interceptions. Some of them proved to be more costly than others. Here is a closer examination of his second interception against the Ravens.
- Does Jermaine Gresham's not-touchdown remind Bengals fans of Justin Smith in 2006 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? And the Vice President of Officiating disagrees with Gresham's ruling.
- According to Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Pernell McPhee, the Bengals offense was tipping off the snap count on Sunday. That's an aspect of Dalton's game that he will have to work on. It potentially cost the Bengals on Sunday. But he's a rookie, he'll learn in time.
- Currently the Bengals are holding onto the sixth seed in the 2011 NFL playoffs.
- Even the Bengals have lost back-to-back weeks they are continuing to prove and leave the impression that they belong.
- After Jermaine Gresham's touchdown call was reversed the Bengals ended up losing the game against the Ravens. The so called "Calvin Johnson Rule" entered the picture on that play. That rule is complete bogus and needs to go. I don't know what's a catch anymore and what isn't.