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Applying my Bengals Mulligan -- One More Chance

Chick Ludwig quotes Chad.

We’re 0 and 1. We’ll be fine. It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.

People keep forgetting who the hell we just played, man. We don’t have to deal with that every week. If last week was a game of chess, that would be the hardest it gets. So everything gets easier until we get to them again.

And now that we’ve seen what they’re doing, the chess match gets a little bit easier for us because now we know how to play against ‘em.

What the Ravens threw at us was completely different from everything we’ve seen the past seven years. It’s like they’ve never been able to figure us out, and all of a sudden, BOOM!, year eight, they got it. You feeling me where I’m coming from?

So now we make our adjustments and it won’t be the same next time. People just have to understand that.

I'm a sucker. And the thought began occurring to me that every NFL team has that game where they struggle so much, that you regret not taking that 1:30 p.m. nap. Sometimes it happens in week three, week 13. And sometimes it happens in week 1. So, with that said, I'm going to accept Chad Johnson's persuasion and anticipate a hell of a rebound.

Let me also say this. It's not that the Bengals lost in week one that upset all of us. It's how they lost, to whom they lost (aka, rookie quarterback and coach) and how lost they appeared on offense. It's not the frustration of losing; it's a memory of losses we've witnessed during the Pre-Marvin Lewis (or the Age of Helplessism, as I call it). If the Bengals fight their asses off and lose on Sunday against the Titans, then so be it. I'm fine with that. But if they lose like they did against the Ravens, even hell will accept refugges from Cincinnati.

There, my friends. I'm using my mulligan for the year. I mean, what else are we going to do? Bitch and complain about something that can't, nor won't, ever change?