The Cincinnati Bengals are entering this weekend at 1-1, facing a good challenge away from Paul Brown Stadium. Ironically they played better on the road than at home last season, but that doesn't explain the somewhat depressing success former Cincinnati Bengals players have had in their new homes.
Carson Palmer: As if you didn't foresee going to this guy first. The former Bengals quarterback has helped lead the Oakland Raiders to an 0-2 record, including a devastatingly embarrassing 22-point loss against the Miami Dolphins in week two. So far for the season, where Palmer was pumped about having an entire offseason to prepare for Oakland's system, the former Bengals franchise quarterback has completed 56 of 94 passes (59.6 percent) for 670 yards passing, two touchdowns, an interception and a passer rating of 84.1.
Jerome Simpson: After posting 50 receptions for 725 yards receiving and four touchdowns during his final season with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jerome Simpson signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately Simpson hasn't played a game due to a three-game suspension after violating the league's drug policy.
Cedric Benson: Milwaukee papers are asking if Cedric Benson is Corey Dillon 2.0, after a productive Bengals career followed by success as a feature back for a Super Bowl team. First of all Benson had one good year, whereas Dillon had a great career in Cincinnati with an offense that offered limited help. After an 18-yard effort against the San Francisco 49ers during the regular season opener, Benson followed that up with a quality showing posting 116 yards from scrimmage against the Chicago Bears.
Andre Caldwell: The former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver departed the queen city for Denver, signing a two-year deal worth $1.8 million. He suffered bruised ribs during Denver's second preseason game and has been inactive ever since. And it doesn't look good for Caldwell, who is dealing with slot receiver in Brandon Stokley for competition.
Frostee Rucker: After signing a five-year deal worth $20.5 million, Rucker has firmly established himself as a starting defensive end for the Cleveland Browns this year. And in case your short term memory is affected by a devastating neural virus, Rucker generated his first quarterback sack this season against the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
Keith Rivers: Traded to the New York Giants over the offseason, Rivers had a good performance during the regular season opener posting seven tackles in a losing effort against the Dallas Cowboys. Since then he was inactive against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and generated only one tackle against the Panthers Thursday night.
Brandon Johnson: Signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Johnson has played a primary special teams role with a handful of snaps as an inside linebacker, primarily as a backup but not apart of a certain package. Currently has five tackles on the season.
Nate Livings: Has scored a positive grade according to Pro Football Focus in each game this season as the starting left guard for the Dallas Cowboys. Allowed a quarterback sack in the regular season opener against the New York Giants and a quarterback hurry last week.
Bobbie Williams: Played 12 offensive snaps against the Cincinnati Bengals (probably during mop-up duty) and five special teams snaps against the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend.