Originally Posted by Steve4192
traderumor, no offense intended, but my point was the Bengals were missing just as many starters as the Eagles, and neither team had a major injury during the game.
How does that equate to the Bengals first string beating their scrubs?
The Bengals have been playing their second stringers for most of the season. Many of those second stringers (Housh, Madieu, Ratliff, Geathers, Langston Moore, Landon Johnson) have been very good players for the Bengals this year, just like many of the Eagles 'scrubs' are very good players who didn't get a lot of playing time because the Eagles have been relatively healthy this year.
None of those players you mentioned for the Bengals are second stringers, but are young and worked their way into the system over the course of the year, some of it due to injuries, but they stayed on the field when the regulars got healthy also. It was pretty apparent that the Eagles we played today were not the Eagles that will play in the playoffs. The Bengals were not missing any key player except Palmer. Yes, they kicked the Eagles' butts today, but with PRIMARILY our regulars on the field while many of their key studs wore ponchos. I am not minimizing the Bengals win, just not making it out to be we beat their best with our best. The injuries you mentioned are a factor for earlier games before the young guys came into their own, but not today's, except Palmer.