"I saw Wedding Crashers accidentally. I bought a ticket for Grizzly Man and went into the wrong theater. After an hour, I figured I was in the wrong theater, but I kept waiting. That’s the thing about bear attacks. They come when you least expect it."-Dwight K. Schrute
The teams that deserve to be in the playoffs are in the playoffs.
You're not happy that you aren't in? Then win more games. I can see beefs being had for college teams, but the NFL is brutally darwinian.
Pay attention to the open sky
Just kinda perplexing.
I've heard some say "The Bengals didn't want to show them anything."
Geez! If you want to get a good feel of any team, then all you have to do is watch the last 15 weeks of game films. You'll get to know all you need.
My concern with the Bengals... and lets even ignore this game.... is that their offense, especially Palmer, has been too erratic all year, and hasn't, IMO, shown itself to be much of a threat to even mediocre teams.
Now how much was facing the #1 overall defense a factor in this game? Don't know. But the Bengals, again IMO, have basically "limped" into the post-season, the Jets, regardless of this game, are still going to be very motivated.
Rootin' for the Bengals..... but prepared for them to get beat next Saturday.
Last edited by GAC; 01-04-2010 at 05:48 PM.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
The Bengals offense isn't great certainly, but it's also different with Benson and the scheme they've been running all year. I don't think they overloaded the line much (at all?) last night, unless I missed it, and that's been pretty important to the rushing game.
The Bengals usually throw the ball deep once or twice a game, that's all they were doing last night.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
Then again, I've been nervous before every single game this season and it was unwarranted 10 times. :
BTW, just saw on Bengals.com the team resigned Keiwan Ratliff
My name is Cheesy Beef Burrito
thanks, NBC, for providing more great prime time programming...
The Bengals did exactly what they needed to do, IMO. Roll over, play dead, don't show the Jets any real plays, and for the most part not even give them any exposure to some of our top players. Cedric Benson, Domata Peko, and Chris Crocker should all be back for next weeks game. Running out of the shotgun on 2nd and 1 and 3rd and 1 should signal the Bengals weren't out to win. It's preseason stuff.
There are things about the Jets that do worry me. I think our defensive line, even with Peko back, is going to have major problems blocking Faneca, Ferguson, and Mangold. I say the battle in the trenches will be where this game is won and lost.
Make no mistake though, this team will be ready to go Saturday. The Bengals may have played dead, but I believe it 1. Gives the Jets a false sense of confidence, 2. Motivates the Bengals after the Jets made every effort to run up the score. Rex Ryan could be the Jets downfall in this one.
here that address the topic of momentum. After reading both, I'm not sure what to believe.
Help stamp out, eliminate, and do away with redundancy.
Having Geathers and Peko back should help against the run.
Yesterday guys like M. Johnson, Rucker, Harris and Smith had to play most of the game at DE and DT and they aren't used to that.
Crocker being back will also be a huge improvement over Nelson who seems to either be out of position or whiffing on tackles most of the game.
What was Lewis setting the Jets up for? By laying down - which I have no problem with since it's a common practice - he's hoping the Jets get over-confident next week because they didn't see the "real" Bengals, and that Lewis has some new wrinkles he's gonna throw at them that they never saw before?
OK. A possibility. The Bengals CAN beat the Jets.
Lewis didn't play Benson. But he puts his other starters out there. His top receiver suffered a bruised knee. MRI is negative, but he woke up Monday morning and said he couldn't extend the stiff knee during warmups. We'll see as the week progresses.
And what if Palmer had gotten hurt? This is what perplexes me concerning Lewis.
You're going to have two top run defenses going after each other. The Jets have the #1 overall defense in the NFL, while the Bengals ain't no slouches at #6. Should anything be made of the fact that Sunday the Jets ran the crap out of the ball (57 attempts) and rushed for 257 yds in that game? Maybe not if the Bengals were supposedly "letting" them do so in order to deceive them into a false sense of hope going into next week.
When you look at these two QBs, the Bengals definitely have the advantage. The Jets are going to do their best to "hide" Sanchez and minimize his mistakes.
But IMO, Palmer has to step it up.
I personally expect a low scoring game. Neither one of these teams excites me.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations