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Friday coffee -- we're talking alpha-male baby!

About two weeks ago, we looked back on some of the Bengals losses and thought, what if... Of course, woulda-coulda-shoulda only goes so far, but it's a topic that even John Thornton has looked back on.

"There's going to be a lot of games on that day. It's time to go play," he said. "This is the result of us losing to Tampa Bay, Atlanta, San Diego, games we should have won. This game probably wouldn't have mattered. Now we have to make up for it."

Cut blocking.

Remember in 2004 when Tony Williams broke an ankle because of a cut block by Broncos lineman, George Foster?

O'Neal update

Being his first offense, Deltha O'Neal is allowed to drive to and from work. "A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 1."

The Jim Nantz record.

The "A team" of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call their third Bengals game this season. So far, the Bengals are 1-1 when the "A team" call the game (win against Pittsburgh, loss to New England).

The alpha-male.

Joe Theismann called wide receivers the "alpha-males" of the NFL. OK, I'll sit and wait while you ROTFLMAO. We know that Chad Johnson thinks he's good. But T.J.?

"I'm not going to dance in the end zone or do something outrageous," said Houshmandzadeh, who could record his first 1,000-yard season when the Bengals play the Broncos on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High (2:15 p.m., CBS 4). "I think I'm the best receiver in the NFL. People may look at that and say, 'Well, every receiver says that.' They may think it, but they don't believe it.

"If given the opportunity like a lot of those guys in the NFL who get thrown the ball to them all the time, every down, I would lead the league in every statistical category. Whether I'm right or wrong or that happens is another story."

Palmer's 'ache' turns out to be play-action fake [Enquirer]
Broncos will cut-and-run [Enquirer]
Bengals' O'Neal allowed to drive [Enquirer]
Blizzard won't stop Bengals [Enquirer]
Dynamic duo: Houshmandzadeh, Johnson are shining with the Bengals [Rocky Mountain News]
Broncos, Bengals shrug off noise [Rocky Mountain News]