Bills Offense Awakes, Beats Hapless Bengals 33-21

Another week, another loss for the Bengals. It’s about time to start thinking about next years NFL draft. Because if anyonechad2.jpg even mentions the word playoffs again, I’m gonna go all Jim Mora on ya…..

Yes, another week, and more things we are already very accustomed to in Bengal land, here are a few off the top of my head.

  • Another 100 Yard Rusher allowed (career high 153 yards for Marshawn Lynch)
  • Another below average QB made to look like the second coming of Joe Montana, as J.P. Losman threw for almost 300 yards.
  • Another road loss
  • Another lackluster rushing effort from the Bengals (no Bengal had more than 11 yards on the ground!)

And yes, there are loads more, but right now, lets take a peek at our keys to the game and see how we fared…..

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Bengals vs. Bills Game Preview

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Another week and another “chance” for the Bengals to end this downhill trend. If there is any shot of this team rallying and making the playoffs, it has to start NOW or it will not happen at all. I still doubt that even if they can pull out a win in Buffalo, where they have not won in more than 10 years, that they can make a playoff push, but I guess you gotta go one week at a time.

The Bengals (2-5) take on the Bills (3-4) this weekend in Buffalo and seem to be looking at a team with the almost opposite problems that have plagued Cincinnati this year. The Bills defense has been the most consistent aspect of this team, maybe outside of rookie Marshawn Lynch, and the offense has struggled mightily. While the Bengals can stop nobody on defense. Here are a few of our keys to the game this weekend.

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Hot Seat Heats Up For Marvin Lewis

Marvin Lewis is of course, being scrutinized more than ever before right now, and for good reason. The Bengals are 2-5 andmarvin11.jpg have lost 8 of their last 10 games. Not to mention the second guessing Lewis is doing every now and then of his own decisions. Here are a few sources in the media citing Lewis and his obvious issues.

Don Banks, CNNSI
The next time the Bengals defense stops the run will be the first time the Bengals defense stops the run. The Steelers tore through Cincy for 160 yards in their win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, led by Willie Parker‘s 126-yard, one-touchdown day on 22 carries. There’s no more glaring broken record in the NFL. Will the rushing defense woes ever end for Marvin Lewis‘ team?

Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
Just asking: Why can’t Marvin Lewis build a defense in Cincinnati?

Marvin On 4th and 1
“In hindsight, we should have gone for it on fourth down rather than take the points,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said after the game, a 24-13 loss to the Steelers. “I didn’t anticipate them driving down and getting a touchdown before halftime. Since we got the ball in the second half, I thought it was important to put up points at that point in the football game. Looking back on it, if we had scored a touchdown, it might have been more significant. But that is the decision I made based on that. We dug ourselves such a hole in the first half.”

(he later said he would kick the field goal again, here)

The bottom line in all this
Forget the issue of whether or not Marvin has lost this team….after Sunday, he has lost this fan base. I continue to be stunned at Marvin’s lack of awareness for situations during games….from clock management and challenges to 4th down decisions and whether or not to go for a two point conversion. He seems confused. He backpedaled on the two point conversion a couple of weeks ago…and backpedaled on the 4th down call today. How much confidence does that instill in a team and a fan base? (Lance McAllister 1530 Homer)

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Bengals don’t show up, lose to Pittsburgh 24-13

I think one quote from yesterday’s post game presser sums everything up for the offense so far this year and especiallytj1.jpg yesterday. This is from T.J. Houshmanzadeh.

“Good teams get in the end zone,” said Houshmandzadeh. “Teams like us kick field goals.”

Wow, that really hits the nail on the head. Of course, while many critics are burying the Bengals as I type this, we die hard fans are left to deal with the aftermath of another loss and surely some more painful Marvin Lewis press conferences this week. Let’s take a look at what our keys to the game where and see how things shook out for the Bengals.

  • Heath Miller – The Steeler tight end is having a great season so far and has been one of Big Bens primary red zone targets. The Bengals are notorius for leaving the TE uncovered and if they do that again, it could be a long day at the office. The Bengals mostly held Miller in check, though both of his catches (for 42 yards) came at crucial moments in the game.
  • Chad Johnson – Chad needs to play big. He has actually been overshadowed this season by TJ and it is about time he steps it up with a big performance. Pittsburgh has been able to take him out of games at times in the past, so if Chad is able to get over 100 yards and a score, the Bengals could win. Chad did little to nothing (5 catches 51 yards) based on expectations. No big plays and although he did make a couple nice catches, nothing to write home about here.
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Bengals vs. Steelers Game Preview

Round 1 in the 2007 edition of Bengals v Steelers. One of the fiercest rivalries gets restarted this Sunday afternoon at Paultj-terribletowel.jpg Brown Stadium in Cincinnati and it should be a good one. While most experts are taking Pittsburgh in this one, (and it is hard to blame them) I think it should be a close contest. Here are some of the keys to victory this week for the Bengals.

  • Heath Miller – The Steeler tight end is having a great season so far and has been one of Big Bens primary red zone targets. The Bengals are notorius for leaving the TE uncovered and if they do that again, it could be a long day at the office.
  • Chad Johnson – Chad needs to play big. He has actually been overshadowed this season by TJ and it is about time he steps it up with a big performance. Pittsburgh has been able to take him out of games at times in the past, so if Chad is able to get over 100 yards and a score, the Bengals could win.
  • Bengals O-Line – This was a key to last weeks game and it is again this week. If the Bengals can protect Palmer, it will make all the difference in the world in this contest. They also need to take mental mistakes out of thier game, penalties from the line have killed drives at times this season.

Obviously, there is more to it than that, but if the Bengals can control these parts of the game, they have a great chance to win. I picked against our boys last week and was wrong (gladly), this week I have to pick against them again, as Pittsburgh has made this their home away from home.

Steelers 27 Bengals 17

Oh, and enjoy the T.J. terrible towel shoeshine photo above…..


Mortensen Clears Up Chad Johnson Trade Story

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Alot of rumors have been swirling recently regarding Chad Johnson being on the trade block after the season. And while it has been horribly mis-reported as a whole, it turns out it was ESPN “insider” Chris Mortensen who broke this story, although it was with some large holes. Well Mort came out this week to try and clarify things a bit. This is from Bengals.com….

“There were two parts to it,” Mortensen said Wednesday. “The first part dealt with the source saying that because of Chad’s passion and pride, they have to figure out a way to deal with him. The second part was my analysis that the discussions could bring them to a crossroads and that could involve a trade. At no time did a Bengals source tell me they could possibly trade him.”

That is just horrible Mort. It led to loads of celebrity like gossip stories and even to Keyshawn posing the question in his interview with CJ on ESPN Sunday Conversation. You know things are bad when the journalists are being misquoted. My guess is this was a big blown up thing to inflate the Sunday Conversation piece. Great job by ESPN….(thumbs down)


It’s Steeler Week, Let The Smack Begin

This is a huge week for all Bengal fans as one of the most hated teams in the NFL lines up against our boys. It is one of those games where you can really “throw the records out” and just dig your heels in for some good ole smashmouth football. The rivalry really has heated up over the past couple of years, and was at its height when Carson Palmer got injured in a certain playoff game two season ago thanks to our friend Kimo Von “Kneecapen”.

To get the smack started, check out this video of the Squeelers ending the Bengals season last year, or rather Shayne Graham ending the season.

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Time for some revenge!



Chad Johnson Sunday Conversation Video

In case you missed it, Chad sat down with Keyshawn Johnson before this weekend to do an interview that aired on ESPN a few times before the game and after. If you have ever seen a pot calling kettle black situation, this is it as Key asks some laughable questions to Chad regarding his celebrations, attitude and if he will be traded.

By the way, have we seen anything that confirms the trade rumors?

Check out the video below, thanks to Signal To Noise for the tip on the video being online.

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Bengals Beat Jets In Battle Of Underachievers

Yes, I think both of these teams are underachievers. The Bengals and Jets both had high hopes entering this season. watson1.jpg Cincinnati just two seasons removed from a division title and the Jets coming off a playoff appearance last year. But Sunday, they squared off, both teams sporting only one win on the season.

The first half seemed to be a continuation of the 4 game losing streak for the Bengals, they gave up big plays to the Jets offense, even a long ball from Pennington (who rarely is able to do that) and making loads of mental mistakes as well. The Bengals went into the locker room 20-10 and seemed to have given up. Well, whatever happened at the half sure shook things up because the team came out invigorated in the second half. The Bengals ran the ball, and often to Kenny Watson i the second half, played bend but don’t break defense and wound up on the winning side of a 38-31 score.

Let’s take another look at our keys to victory from our game preview and see how things shook out…..

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