After three losses by at least three touchdowns to teams in the middle of the AFC playoff chase, the North leading Bengals (9-4-1) play one of those referendum games Monday night (8:30-ESPN Cincinnati’s Channel 5) at Paul Brown Stadium against Peyton Manning’s 11-3 Broncos. A victory does even more than that and qualifies them for the playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Vincent Rey is a smart man. He’s got his degree from Duke University, he’s a scholar athlete from the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Bengals just tapped him as their Man of the Year nominee for this year‘s Walter Payton Award. So he knows it’s a bit backward to declare before Monday night’s game (8:30-Cincinnati’s Channel 5 and ESPN) against one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever lived that the key is shutting down the run. Madness, right? No one dead or alive has thrown more TD passes than Peyton Manning.
Here’s a key lesson from the Bengals 30-0 win over Cleveland: The video screen is more powerful than the bulletin board. For all the talk of the Browns getting added motivation from Jeremy Hill’s “they’re worse than I thought” comment or Marvin Lewis’s “midget” gaffe, that was nothing compared to the Bengals doing a slow […]
Let’s review some of the events of Sunday’s win at Tampa Bay shall we? On the first play from scrimmage, the Bengals upchucking quarterback (no, not you Matt Scott), hurls the first of three first half interceptions. In the second quarter, a red zone sack by Geno Atkins that would have forced the Buccaneers to […]
In the words of Yosemite Sam (you know you have an 8-year-old when you cite cartoon characters), J.J. Watt’s initials could stand for “Jumpin’ Jehosaphat!” this year. But on Sunday against the Bengals, the overwhelming favorite to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year didn’t have a sack, force a fumble, intercept a pass, or […]
For the first time this season, the Bengals excelled at stopping the run in Sunday’s 27-10 win at New Orleans. For the first time in five games, Rey Maualuga was in the middle of the Bengals’ defense. So how much of a difference did Rey’s return make? “Like night and day,” said Adam Jones. “When […]
What do Hall of Fame quarterbacks Johnny Unitas, Otto Graham, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath, Dan Fouts, Warren Moon, Len Dawson, and Bob Griese have in common? They all had single-game passer ratings lower than the 2.0 posted by Andy Dalton in last week’s loss to Cleveland. I’m not trying to suggest that Dalton is as […]