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A few rumblings for a tiring Friday

For the past 18 regular season games and one playoff game, this team struggles so hard to stay healthy. In Curnutte's latest, Ahmad Brooks, Lemar Marshall and Eric Ghiaciuc are doubtful while Willie Anderson, Antonio Chatman and Nedu Ndukwe are listed as questionable. I hate to point to one issue that's hurt this team in the past two years. But injury has to be high on anyone's list. More updates here and here.

Palmer's knee doesn't shred, the team doesn't collapse in the playoff Wild Card game in which Pittsburgh won on their way to the Super Bowl. A game that I might point out that had the Bengals leading, with Jon Kitna, for a little while... at least. Chris Perry and Kenny Irons, out. Linebackers, hurt. Cornerbacks, hurt. Wide receivers, short supply. Linemen, hurt.

The boys at Field Gulls posts very interesting analysis about Bobbie Williams.

Quoting the Quotable
"Third-down defense is going to be big for us. It's something we did well in the first game and didn't do as well in the second. You've got to get teams off the field. The longer they stay on the field, the better opportunity they have to score."

Goheen on third downs.

Delta teams up with Carson Palmer for Make-A-Wish

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Carson Palmer are teaming up to score touchdowns for a hometown charity, The Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) of Greater Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, through a new charitable sponsorship called the "SkyMiles Touchdown Program." Delta, the Official Airline of the Bengals, pledged today to donate 25,000 Delta SkyMiles(r) for each touchdown thrown by Carson Palmer in the 2007 season to benefit this local charity.

[CNN Money]

Yes, those Bengals are a bunch of law breaking hell raising Sharks that snap their fingers on street corners.

Tiki, err, I mean Shaun Alexander isn't taking the Bengals lightly. Especially with the feeling that the Bengals defense has more to prove now more than ever during the Marvin-era. Is it too late to prove anything? Lonnie Wheeler thinks the defensive rebuilding project has crumbled. I can't argue that point.