Personally, I can't write off the season. I just can't. Not only would I feel like I'm shortchanging you, the reader, it's just not within me to give up on this team. Not now. Not ever. I've spent all of my youth cheering on a team that sported quarterbacks like David Klingler and Akili Smith, with guys like Harold Green being our star player for a time. It would be foolish for me to stick with the team during the Age Of Helplessism only to abandon ship now. No, it's not in my DNA to do it. As much frustration that mounts, I'm totally expecting this team to rebound after a 2-3 start.
I feel like we're seeing glimpses of this team's potential. What we're not seeing is a complete team effort bringing their best game to the table; rather one game we see a decent offensive performance and in another game, we see a good defensive performance. And no, they don't have 11 games to get it right; it has to be now. But jumping off ship because this team is 2-3 with losses to the Browns and Buccaneers? Nah. That's just not who we are.
There's more than enough reasons not to abandon the Bengals right now.
- They are the highest scoring offense in the AFC North.
- Save for the loss to New England, the Bengals recent two losses were lost by a combined six points.
- They've beaten Baltimore already once this year, adding to the theory that they play up to better opponents and play down to worse opponents. Save, of course, for New England.
- Carson Palmer is on pace for 4,118 yards, 13 yards below a career high.
- The Bengals having a winning record all-time in Atlanta and Marvin Lewis is 2-0 against the Miami Dolphins. Both teams are the Bengals' next opponents.
- The Bengals haven't lost to the New Orleans Saints since 1993.
- Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham are really exciting to watch grow.
This is to get all of us back on track. Your job is to add to the list. What are the reasons why you won't abandon the Bengals this year -- save for being a fan, of course.