Had we beat the Bills, we would have proved that we were the best of the worst teams in the NFL. That didn't happen. Buffalo proved that they are on top of the bottom of the barrel. At least we can say that we're the most talented of the worst teams in the NFL.
That actually makes me feel worse.
It's been seven weeks in a row now that the Bengals have failed to produce their third win of the season and it's been seven weeks in a row that they can justly point the finger at themselves. If it isn't the offense, it's the defense. If it isn't the defense, it's the offense. If it isn't either, it's special teams and sometimes it's all three.
Never before in the history of the NFL has a team trailed by 17 points or more and finished the game, winning by 18 points or more. It's obvious that the Bengals have decided that if they can't break good records, they'll break bad ones.
On to the countdown.
Point One: Cedric Benson (minus the fumble)
First of all, I'm willing to forgive Benson's fumble mainly because he helped carry me past the first week of the playoffs in my fantasy league. Secondly, if you take away the fumble, Benson played very well. He had the second best game of the season. Granted it was against the worst run defense in the NFL, but still Benson looked great right up to the point that he decided that he didn't need to hold on to the ball that tightly anymore.
Point Two: Jonathan Joseph
He only played a half but in that half, he played well. He even returned an interception for a touchdown. It wasn't really until he left that the secondary resembled one of those football pass accuracy games that you see at carnivals, you know, the ones where you have to throw the ball through the holes. Anyway, if a game ball can be given to any Bengals player after that performance, it would probably go to Joseph.
Point Three: Palmer was never sacked
Yeah, I know he was hit a few times but at least he was never sacked. That counts for something, right?
Point Four: Turkey Day
Hey, whether or not you think the Bengals will win on Thursday night, you have to admit, it's kind of cool to know we'll be able to watch the Bengals play on Thanksgiving night. I for one am excited about it.
Point Five: This post...
doesn't have to be as long anymore.
Point Six: Profit?
There must be some way to capitalize financially on this embarrassing Bengals season. Possibly selling decorated paper bags to fans as they enter the stadium? That would save them the trouble of cutting out their own eye holes in their own bags. If somebody thinks of this before the next game and turns a profit, I will demand some sort of compensation.
Extra Point: If there is a lockout next season....
it will give us some extra time to forget. We all know that if there is one thing that Bengals fans do better than any other fan anywhere, it's forgetting. If we didn't have that super power, we'd all be completely insane by now.
Did you just see that? I could have sworn I saw something over there... oh well, it was probably nothing.