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2012 Preview: Cincinnati Bengals

Safe to say the 2011 Cincinnati Bengals had a great season.  I cannot think of anyone who had these Bengals playoff bound at the beginning of the season.  With a rookie QB and WR, most thought it was just a typical rebuilding year for the Bengals.  Last year we were introduced to the tandem of Andy Dalton and AJ Green who both had phenomenal rookie seasons after what was considered a major shake up in the team’s franchise.  Kudos to Marvin Lewis for hanging in there and starting to make the turn with this franchise (once again).  Often (actually always) this team plays the background to the Steelers and Ravens franchises.  I think the 2012 Bengals may give fans something to be proud of in 2012.  Here is more about the 2012 Cincinnati Bengals:

Fantasy Football Studs:  Wide Receiver AJ was drafted in the first round by the Bengals and he did not disappoint as a rookie.  1057 yards and 7 TDs is respectable.  Hopefully the sophomore slump is nonexistent for both him and Andy Dalton.  Dalton had his highs and lows just like any rookie QB but he also had a respectable rookie year.  Won’t jump out and say “stud” but he had a decent rookie year also. 

Area of Strength:  The Defense was stubborn in 2011, allowing on average 20 points per game.  There is was some questions in the secondary and one change was adding former Cowboy Terrance Newman…I won’t comment on that. Another upgrade was first round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick, CB out of Alabama.  Where this defense will get really nasty is rushing the passer!  I hope Big Ben, Flacco and Weeden (yep) are ready.

Area of Weakness: I hate to question the run game, but I have to admit I’m worried.  Its understandable the Bengals are not the biggest fan of off the field drama possessing Cedric Benson.  I’m just not really sure Benjarvis Green-Ellis is the answer.  I think BGE has bursts of greatness.  However sometimes he has been just “so-so”.  Last year for the Patriots BGE did not have his best year.  Granted, when you play on a team with Tom Brady and remarkable TEs and Wes Welker, its hard to find a need to run.  Still last year BGE only had 667 yards and a respectable 11 TDs.  I ‘m sure he would be utilized more here in Cincy but I’m still a bit concerned….

2012 Marquee Matchups:  They have a pretty rough schedule but it’s in patches.  December looks to be what could make or break the Bengals.  Weeks 13-17 the Bengals play in order: San Diego, Dallas, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore.  It will be interesting to see how many of those games result in a Bengals W.

All Things Cincinnati Bengals:  There are a few ways to keep up with the Bengals, here are a few: 

Apps:  Cincinnati Bengals Mobile for iPhone (by Bengals/YinzCam) ; Cincinnati.com Football ( by Cincinnati.com)

Blogs:  Cincy Jungle http://www.cincyjungle.com/ ; Stripe Hype http://stripehype.com/ ; Bengals Gab http://www.bengalsgab.com/

Fan Clubs: In addition to the Cincinnati Bengals official fan club found on bengals.com under fanzone, the Bengals have 2 other cool fan clubs we like:  Bengals United Fan Club http://www.bengalsunited.com/  and Who Dey Fanshttp://whodeyfans.com/

 

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HE SAID: What’s in store for WildCard Losers

This is the time of year that I look forward to every year: the NFL Playoffs! It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! As happy as I am during this time, it also makes me a little melancholy: it’s the beginning of the end. It’s not like last year with uncertainty looming with a threat of a lockout, but it’s still sad to see the end coming. This past weekend we had a chance to witness the WildCard games, which usually is the most boring part of the playoffs to me. But not this weekend! There were some barn burners. With every sports writer and sports blogger giving game analysis of each contest, I want to take a little time to shed some light on the losers of these games, and where they may be heading in the next season.

The least anticipated of the four games was the Bengals taking on the Texans, with 2 rookie QBs and 2 strong defenses, with the Bengals coming out as the loser. Most experts had Cincinnati finishing with the worst record this season. With losing Chad OchoCinco to the Patriots and that whole Carson Palmer debacle, nobody gave them a chance. But with Andy Dalton having a firm grip of the QB of the present and future ; and world-class WR AJ Green, the Bengals made some noise this season. Throw in complementary players like Cedric Benson, Jerome Simpson, and Jermaine Gresham, the Bengals were in contention the entire season. Even though they didn’t beat any team of note, they both surprised and impressed just by making it into the playoffs. Even with the pieces they currently have, they seem pretty set, but wait….DON’T forget about those beautiful draft picks they acquired for unloading that Palmer guy to the Raiders. I would say that Cincy is sitting pretty. But you have to consider the history of the Bengals. They don’t always make good decisions. We’ll see how things unfold in the offseason.

I picked Detroit to be in the playoffs this season. My reasoning was all about that defense. Suh and Fairley….Fairly and Suh. What great cornerstones to build on. It was going to be a thing of beauty to see that defense. Well, there was definite beauty, but it mostly came from that offense. Matthew Stafford is on the verge of being the next big thing in the QB position. With over 5000 yards passing and 40 plus TDs, Stafford was a MONSTER! If he stays healthy, Detroit will always contend. Calvin Johnson proved that he is the best WR in the game, and with guys like Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, and Titus Young, they will be set. The defense will continue to improve because they are young, mean and hungry…..a little too mean, maybe. My only concern would be the Lions running game. Who knows what’s going to happen with Jahvid Best and his concussion issues. I’m sure they will address that position in the offseason.

I knew going into their game, that the Atlanta Falcons had a good, almost great chance of coming out losers against the Giants in that WildCard matchup. I knew for one reason and one reason only: they don’t scare anybody. They never have. Matt Ryan’s not scary. Roddy nor Julio scare people. The Falcons D don’t scare teams, and even as good as he is, Michael Turner doesn’t scare teams. Where’s the intimidation factor? It works for the Lions, the Steelers, the Ravens. It even worked for the Giants, well at least it did yesterday. The Falcons will continue to be good and will continue to be playoff contenders, but until they get some toughness, they will continue to go winless in the playoffs.

I was not prepared to write anything about the Steelers because I expected them to go far in the playoffs. I was all prepared to say that Tebow had a great year, and he’s a great athlete, but he’s definitely not the Broncos QB of the future, and Denver should shop for a new QB and build the team around their very good defense. OOPS!! The Steelers lost a tough one. But I do expect the Steelers to continue to be playoffs contenders and even Super Bowl favorites next year. Big Ben and Rashad Mendenhall will return from their injuries. Pittsburgh has great young receivers, even with the uncertainty of the future of probable Hall of Famer Hines Ward, so they are set at WR. Their only concern will probably be the aging defense, but I’m sure that with be addressed. The Steelers always draft well and usually make good decisions during free agency. I don’t think Steeler fans have any reason to be too upset. Yesterday’s loss against Tim Tebow and the Broncos was upsetting enough!

What do you think of the Wild Card Weekend Losers?


LADIES VS FELLAS WEEK 6

Carson, Donavan, and Ballers Unorthodoks! It’s been quite a day in Fantasy and the NFL.  First, I can’t believe what a great move the Bengals made in trading Carson Palmer to the Raiders.  The owner of the Bengals, Mike Brown is notorious for not trading at all, and he has gone on record by saying that he would never trade Palmer.  Well today he had a sense of clarity, because Brown pulled the trigger to the tune of two first round draft picks.  For that guy?!?!  UNBELIEVABLE!  Next, I have to mention the sad end to the career of Donavan McNabb.  He was benched in Sunday’s loss to the Bears, and it was announced today that the benching will be permanent.  What a terrible way to go for such an accomplished player who at one point in his career was an exciting franchise QB.  Doubtful, that he’ll end up like Kurt Warner, whose own career was brought back from the dead.  When he arrived DOA in Arizona.  So SAD McNabb.   Now on to He SAID She Said Fantasy Football. Continue reading


Who Dey Think Gonna Beat Dem Bengals?!

Terrell Owens, Cincinnati’s best WR last year (yeah I said it) will not even be a Bengal this year. At 37 years old, T.O. ended the season pretty well with 983 yards and 9 TDs.  Not bad, not bad at all… It took Drew Rosenhaus awhile to find a landing spot last season.  I wonder where in the world he will end up in the 2011-12 season.
I love Chad, you love Chad…it’s the end zone that no longer welcome’s #85.  He only had 4 TDs last season with 831 yards in 14 games.  For the last 9 seasons, Chad Johnson Ochocinco (I think he changed his name back?) has been a 1 man entertainment show in Cincy.  Going into his 10th season in the league, Chad has done it all: reality tv, social networking, Dancing with the Stars, played soccer, even a little bull riding.  The problem: He is not producing on his day job.  Going into his 10th season, looks like Chad will finally get his professional football wish–to play for a team other than the Cincinnati Bengals.  At 33 years old, Chad will be a handful for Drew Rosenhaus to sell, but if he can get T.O. a contract…Chad will certainly get one…coming off a bad season and all.

Move on is what the Bengals have done in NUMEROUS ways offensively.  Starting with the #4 overall pick in the draft, the Bengals selected WR AJ Green out of Georgia.  While it is not quite known for sure who exactly will throw the ball to Green, it is expected that he will be the Bengals biggest offensive weapon this season. Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden is excited to get started with Green and the rest of the Bengals young receiving core including: Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley, and Jermaine Gresham.

Will there be a changing of the guard at RB in Cincy?  Cedric Benson  ran well for the Bengals last year……when they ran the ball.  He rushed for 1111 yards and 8 total TDs.  He’s had a good Fantasy run since playing for the Bengals, but Benson is a free agent this year and may be gone for good.  So is Bernard Scott the new workhorse for the Stripes?  That remains to be seen.  Scott is 5’10” and 197 lbs, but despite his size or lack of it, he’s been very durable.  But will that remain if he becomes the every down guy?  Remember the Bengals play the Ravens and the Steelers twice a year and whoever is running the ball could be in for a world of hurt.  There’s also not much depth at the RB position in Cincy. They did draft a RB in the seventh round, but there’s no need to mention his name or the name of the other RBs.  Just keep your eye on Scott and the situation with Benson.  Scott could be a good pick in the later rounds of your Fantasy draft but that’s it.  Benson is a toss up.  I think he could be a good  RB 2 or Flex player but it depends on where he lands.  I really think Cincinnati needs to keep him.  But you know how stupid they are.

Not much to say about that Cincy D…they don’t make much noise for Fantasy Footballers.  Last year they had 29 sacks, (led by Carlos Dunlap with 10) and 1 Defensive TD.  Not really a D  I’d go out of my way to draft in that last round on Fantasy Football Draft day.  Return man Bernard Scott had 1257 return yards in 16 games, but not a single TD…You can do better on Draft Day is all I’m saying…

News Flash!!!!!  Carson Palmer means what he says.  He will never play for Cincinnati again.  Another news flash, owner Mike Brown will not trade Palmer, no matter what he can get for him.  So in comes QB Andy Dalton from TCU, drafted by the Bengals in the second round in this year’s draft.  I mean who else is there?  Carson’s little brother, Jordan?  Dan LeFevour?  There is nobody else!  So Dalton it is.  He’s 6’2″, 215 lbs and the word on him is that he’s accurate and he moves well in the pocket, which is a good thing because his offensive line is woeful.  Needless to say, don’t draft ANY Bengal QBs.  It’s a shame because they have some talented young receivers.

Taking it to the LOU next…


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