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Bengals Banter: Peter King Explains Bengals Pointless Ranking of Crazy Talk

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Several were upset that Sports Illustrated's Peter King ranked the Cincinnati Bengals 23rd in his offseason Power Rankings. Not to mention the reaction from the readers on this site, several Bengals blogs and local media took exception. Paul Daugherty, doing his best to be diplomatic with King, says that King "hates the men" and that "he probably doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about them, one way or the other". Translated: King is far more interested in talking about the Patriots. Even Geoff Hobson finds King's Power Rankings a head scratcher, at best.

King did explain his ranking a bit on Tuesday:

As I said, I'm worried about Carson Palmer. He looked like a shell of himself late last year -- in fact, he struck me the wrong way for much of the season after his five-touchdown shredding of the Bears. Cincinnati averaged 6.3 wins a year for the three years before last season. After watching how shaky they were in the playoff debacle against the Jets, I'm not convinced they've permanently turned the corner.

Peter, we actually have a pretty damn good defense. You know, defense. The people that don't play offense.

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+ Chinedum Ndukwe will host a wellness camp for kids this weekend.

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