Shady Brady And Bill Belicheat

Real quick before the game gets underway tonight, here is a hilarious little video done by Ryan Parker aptly titled, Shady Brady and Bill Belicheat…..

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Bengals vs. Patriots Monday Night Football Preview

Our Cincinnati Bengals have a huge task in front of them tonight as they take on the New England Patriots at Paul Brownmaroney1.jpg Stadium here in Cincinnati. I don’t think there is anyone (or maybe very few) in the national media that will be picking the Bengals tonight considering the way the Pats have been crushing everyone in their path.

Last year, the Patriots and Bengals played on the same day (Oct. 1) at the same venue (Paul Brown Stadium) and New England came away with a 38- 13 victory. New England has won five of the last six regular season meetings between the clubs dating back to 1993. The Patriots will play at Paul Brown Stadium for the third time in regular-season play, with their first trip there coming in the 2001 regular-season opener, a 23-17 Cincinnati victory.

Even so, here are our keys to the game tonight!

  • Special Teams – Yet again, special teams is a problem. The Bengals are one of the worst teams when it comes to return yardage allowed and if they continue that trend, this one could get real ugly.
  • Kenny Watson – Career backup Kenny Watson is forced into the limelight tonight not only as a starter, but on the national stage vs the 3-0 Pats. If Watson can be effective on the ground and pass protect well, it will go a long way towards the Bengals being competitive in this contest.
  • Randy Moss vs. Bengals Secondary – On paper, this reads like a blowout. The Pats have not only scored in bunches through the air already but are always a threat to do so with Randy Moss. If the Bengals can somehow contain Moss, they could stay in this.

I’d love to pick our boys in this one, but I just can’t

Pats 31 Bengals 21


Levi Jones back in starting lineup, Rudi Out

Well, it looks like Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones will be making a return tolevi1.jpg the starting lineup this monday night against New England. Jones, who has been a starter for his entire career when healthy has yet to crack the starting lineup this season for a variety of reasons, most of which are unknown.

Here is a quote from Bobbie Williams concerning Levi from the Dayton Daily News.

“Put it this way,” right guard Bobbie Williams said, “the stars are getting aligned for Levi to be in there.”

And on the flip side of the coin, Rudi Johnson has been listed as out on the most current injury report with his hamstring issues. Kenny Watson gets the start, his first since his rookie season in 2002 in Washington.

Our thoughts – Good to have Levi back in the good graces of the coaching staff, but this will not be something I think you notice too much on Monday night. Unless of course, Levi does his impression of a turnstile, which he is known to do on occasion. The Bengals will miss Rudi, but this is the right move. He gets this week to rest and the bye week next week as well. Hopefully he is back at full strength for week 6.


Keiwan Ratliff released, Blue Adams signed

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The Bengals announced the released of CB Keiwan Ratliff yesterday, Ratliff came into the season on the bubble so this is not a huge surprise but it does speak to yet another Bengals draft failure. He became the highest draft choice released in the Marvin Lewis era. Ratliff was taken at the 49th player overall in 2004 and never really panned out for the Bengals. During his three seasons as a Bengal Ratliff seemed to regress more than anything, as his 2005 season was his best by far. He had 40 tackles and 3 Interceptions that year and since then has not been anywhere near those numbers.

Ratliff spent some time returning punts during his career and was never very effective doing so. He averaged only 7 yards a return and never took a punt to the house and had only 3 returns for over 20 yards.

To take the roster spot of Ratliff, the Bengals signed special teams man Blue Adams, who is a former Cincinnati Bearcat to a two year deal. Adams played for Jacksonville as a rookie in 2003, did not play in ’04, and played for Tampa Bay in 2005-06. He played in all 16 of his 37 NFL games for Tampa Bay in ’06, ranking third on the team with those 19 special teams tackles.


Rudi banged up, Bengals look to Watson, Dorsey

Uh oh, looks like Rudi could be down this week against the Patriots on Monday Night. Bad news for the Bengals, not watson1.jpg because Rudi is a world beater, but because it means Kenny Watson could be carrying a full load. Nothing against Watson, he obviously ran hard in the 4th quarter of Sunday’s loss and even scored, but he is not the answer at RB for this team.

Neither is newly signed DeDe Dorsey, though he showed some flashes in the preseason last year for the Bengals and did a good job on special teams for the Colts last year. I honestly might have a bit more confidence in Dorsey and Watson sharing carries on Monday night than relying on either one of them to carry a full load. Watson has not carried more than 20 times in a game in 5 years!

Either way, it is looking bad for Rudi this week, though with the extra day of rest he could be ready on Monday Night, look for this to be a game time decision for the Bengals.

In other injury news, looks like Ahmad Brooks will be back on the field this week after missing last weekends game and most of the Cleveland game as well. With the LB core in disastrous shape, this can only help.


Bengals Fall To Seattle 24-21

In some ways yesterday was exactally what we expected from this team, in others it is still hard to believe. But when thebengals-seahwaks1.jpg dust settled yesterday at Qwest Field in Seattle, our Cincinnati Bengals stood at 1-2 with a Monday night matchup against the world beater Patriots looming. Let’s first take a look at our keys to the game and how they shook out.

  • DEFENSE – Yeah, its the obvious and easy choice, but still, the Bengals need to get it back together this week to make us forget the Browns game. Facing Shaun Alexander will be a huge test for the run defense that yielded over 200 yards to over the hill Jamal Lewis last week. But it is the overall defense that really needs to create a couple turnovers and hold Seattle under 20 points somehow. (Alexander finished with 100 yards rushing but did not explode the way many thought he might. The Run D was improved, but still showed some big deficiencies.)
  • Carson Palmer – Palmer was mostly on last week, but did throw two picks that really came at crucial times. He needs to play mistake free ball in what should be a loud enviroment in Seattle. Another big game from Palmer could mean a Bengals W this week. (Palmer started the game white hot but still had a couple big mistakes that led to Seattle points, this of course ended up factoring in to the final tally.)
  • Special Teams (Again) – We will continue to highlight this until the Bengals act like they care. Last week Cribbs was the one burning the Bengals S/T for big kickoff return gains, and this week Nate Burleson is licking his chops for Seattle. The Bengals have to limit this aspect of the game this week! (Horrible again, especially the fumble at the end of the game, the Bengals are officially one of the worst special teams units in football, this speaks to their lack of depth all around as well.)

And now, thoughts on things we did not mention that factored into the loss.

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Bengals vs. Seahawks Week 3 Game Preview

The Bengals travel out west this weekend to take on the Seattle Seahawks. The Hawks are just one year removed fromshaun1.jpg their NFC title season that saw them lose in the Super Bowl to Pittsburgh. They enter this game sitting at 1-1, just like our Bengals, but have the advantage of home field and also an opportunity to face a reeling Bengals defense.

Cincy on the other hand, of course has tons to prove suddenly. While the offense was hitting on all cylinders at times last week, the D left lots to be desired. First, here is a bit of history about this matchup.

  • The Bengals – Seahawks are 8-8 all time against each other.
  • The last time these teams met was in 2003 when Jon Kitna‘s 53-yard touchdown pass to Chad Johnson and two tipped interceptions gave Cincinnati a 27-24 victory.

Here are some of our keys to this weekends game for the Bengals if they want to pull out what would be a big road win.

  • DEFENSE – Yeah, its the obvious and easy choice, but still, the Bengals need to get it back together this week to make us forget the Browns game. Facing Shaun Alexander will be a huge test for the run defense that yielded over 200 yards to over the hill Jamal Lewis last week. But it is the overall defense that really needs to create a couple turnovers and hold Seattle under 20 points somehow.
  • Carson Palmer – Palmer was mostly on last week, but did throw two picks that really came at crucial times. He needs to play mistake free ball in what should be a loud enviroment in Seattle. Another big game from Palmer could mean a Bengals W this week.
  • Special Teams (Again) – We will continue to highlight this until the Bengals act like they care. Last week Cribbs was the one burning the Bengals S/T for big kickoff return gains, and this week Nate Burleson is licking his chops for Seattle. The Bengals have to limit this aspect of the game this week!

Game predictions below…..
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Chad Johnson Makes Deal With GoDaddy.com

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Introducing, the new reason you need web hosting from GoDaddy.com, ….. Ocho Cinco! It’s true, Chad is the new face of web hosting company GoDaddy.com. The company may be best known for some of their racy Super Bowl ads and 85 are officially paired up for some advertising. Here is the presser…..

The Go Daddy Group said Wednesday it has named Chad Johnson as spokesman for GoDaddy.com. Johnson began his stint for the Scottsdale, Ariz., company by filming three commercials, which will air during ESPN2’s Saturday night college football game beginning Sept. 29.

“Chad Johnson is an exceptional fit for us,” said Bob Parsons, founder and CEO of Go Daddy. “He’s fun, he’s fast and he’s at the top of his game.”

Head on over here to see an outtake of one of the commercials Chad is featured in.


Chris Henry In Trouble Again?

Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry is finding himself back in the news this week, and it had nothing to do with football,henrymugshot.jpg again. Chris, who has already been suspended by commissioner Roger Goddell for the first 8 games of the 2007 season, had a little mishap concerning a rental car yesterday.

Police recovered a stolen vehicle on Wednesday night from Henry’s home. Rental company Hertz said that they had not received any payment for the rental car so it became classified as stolen. Henry told police that the rental car was being paid for by his insurance company after his own vehicle was stolen in Louisiana.

The good news is that no charges have been filed and this should not affect Henry’s already poor standing with the NFL and the Bengals. The bad news is that this is just another case of Henry being a true idiot.


Bengals Take Risk On Dhani Jones

The most interesting move the Bengals have made so far this week is going out and signing NFL veteran Dhani Jones.dhanijones1.jpg Jones is a vet of 8 years in the league and has been a solid contributor for both the Giants and Eagles in the past. The Bengals signed Jones to a one year deal this week and cut Andre Frazier to make room for him.

While Jones has been solid in the past, I see this as yet another band-aid move for a team that has a wound that needs stitches. However with Brooks banged up and the Bengals still waiting for linebackers like Geanty to get healthy, this move had to happen. I’m worried though as Jones has already been cut twice since last season, there has to be a reason for that.

Dhani should have lots in common with his fellow Bengals that have made their way to the police blotter….

Hate to see local boy Frazier be the casualty of this as well, he was a really good special teams guy and seemed to really be a team player overall.

And oh yeah, Dhani has his own website, check it out here…..

Check out Dhani Jones career stats after the jump……

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