This Bengals team is really good. I mean REALLY good.
If I have one concern it's that they don't know how to play ahead. They don't know how to pull away from teams. It reminds me a little of the Tressel Ohio State teams. Once they have the lead they go into don't blow it mode. That's going to wind p costing them a game or two, and could hurt even more in the playoffs.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
That's been a common theme under Lewis. I want them to be good. I hope they are good. I worry they cant close.
Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
Cincinnati Bengals - None
Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98
The only team in the AFC North I see as a better team than Who Dey is Denver.
The Bengals D is scary good, and the only weak link on the O is Dalton. And that isn't a big weak link, albeit a pretty important one. I just wish he was a couple inches taller so so many of his passes wouldn't get deflected at the line.
There are no hunting accidents...It's called kharma.
As to Dalton, I think his height is fine (6'2), but he needs to gain consistency in his mechanics. As pressure develops around him, he has a tendency to drop his elbow which results in a 3/4 or almost sidearm release, mostly on short to medium throws. The result is flat passes that are frequently swatted at the line (and often intercepted).
Although Dalton has his issues, the thing to remember with him is that he's come a really long way since his days at TCU (which is only four years ago). It's almost unbelievable how well he's adjusted from a spread offense in the Mountain West Conference to playing football on Sundays. I hope he hasn't leveled out. We'll see if he can continue to adjust and improve.
How do we know he's not Mel Torme?
Andy Dalton has to be the Andy Dalton we saw in Week One, and I'm not ruling out that possibility, but I don't think Marvin Lewis can change what he is. The fact he's in his 11th year as Bengals head coach and has zero playoff wins just boggles my mind. Has any coach ever stayed with one AFL/NFL team that long without winning a single playoff game? It has to be a pretty short list.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
Again, defensive pressure is nice, but I think Dalton has to put 30 points on the board for the Bengals to win.
Last edited by Mutaman; 09-18-2013 at 05:50 PM.
Here's an interesting article about Rodgers and sacks.
Dalton has an 88.7 rating against two pretty good defenses. I think he's going to have a big game this week. Green Bay's defense hasn't been impressive at all really. They gave up almost 500 yards to the 49ers and another 422 to the Redskins (granted that one is inflated because Washington was in a deep hole the entire game.)
Football Outsiders DVOA ratings have GB with the 31st ranked defense so far, but the #1 offense.
But the Bengals may still lose, because GB's offense is obviously good enough to make up for it.
This is a pretty interesting week.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.