Well, I'm sure by now you've all seen the catch, the bungle, the tip, the ridiculous play that beat the Bengals yesterday. Hopefully you've all also read the insight from Cincy Jungle's other excellent writers indicating that the defense had a damned good day, and that things may still be turning around. It's not time to give up on this team, especially when the players are as positive as they are.
That being said, here's what the internets are saying about the Bengals (I'm trying to avoid the Stokely catch, not sure if that'll be possible):
- Geoff Hobson says the Bengals offense is still inept, kind of surprising that Hobson is being negative. He points out that Carson Palmer has been downright bad in his past 24 games. He points out that dropped balls were a problem... pretty much, Hobson tells you why the Bengals lost.
- Here is a compilation of post-game quotes from the Bengals-Broncos game from both teams. It's one of my favorite things to read after a game, because you get the quotes in context.
- If you're still depressed and feel the need to talk the game over with someone that won't be sick of talking about it, Joe Reedy is hosting an online chat at 12:00.
- Doug Tifft at the Bleacher Report says that it's time to "start running around like chickens with your heads cut off". That is a little dramatic, Doug, but we get the idea. This was a bad, dramatic loss. Unlike heartbroken fans, however, the players (such as Chad Ochocinco, Andre Caldwell, Pat Sims, and Crazy Rey Maualuga) and coaching staff seemed to remain optimistic and/or upbeat. They understand that there are things to improve upon, but it was just week one of 17. So, my advice is to disregard Doug's advice. This season is not lost.
- C. Trent Rosencrans is also a Debbie Downer. He "dispels" the "myths" that were supposed to convince Bengals fans that the team would be competitive this year. Can anyone say "small sample size"?!
- C. Trent also points out the play that should have, could have ended it, when Johnathan Joseph nearly picked off Orton on the play before the world ended. I mentioned this in one of the post-game threads, about how I thought Joseph might have gotten his feet down. Why wasn't the play at least reviewed? Here's a quote I didn't see published anywhere else:
"Absolutely," Joseph said when asked if he thought he came down with both feet in bounds. "I had it and felt I came down with both feet inbounds. I thought they were going to review it, but that's not my decision to make. ... I was sure I caught it."