Huh ? Who Dey?

“Your record is misleading”   ” You had a great year, be proud of 8-8″ Your future is bright but this just isn’t going to be the year”  “you’re young and will falter against bigger more experienced teams”  What you see are quotes and opinions around the NFL about the Cincinnati Bengal’s, there is just one problem with the above, the Cincinnati Bengal’s are sitting at 6-2 and have the best record in the AFC right now. According to many people ” we are a product of our easy schedule” There is a big game brewing in Cincinnati this weekend, the game is a sellout. The Steelers and their star power are coming to town. On the other side you have a young signal caller in Andy Dalton, a WR who is also a rookie yet playing like a seasoned vet, a defense that is holding solid and actually winning games for this young team.  One year ago at this time nobody gave the Cincinnati Bengal’s a fighting chance, and why would you? The Bengal’s had just come off another disappointing season, questiones swirled around Marvin Lewis and his one year contract offer. Carson Palmer had declared retirement before he would ever take another snap in stripes again, Chad Ocho had turned into a celebrity reality star along with his sidekick T.O, those kind of questions would make anyone doubt that you’d have any legitimate chance of anything other then a complete rebuilding year. Many had marked the first year QB Andy Dalton dead in the water, pinning the Bengal’s as the team to once again be drafting a QB first overall. One thing that people had forgotten to take into consideration,  that one thing would be the word believe. After trading players like Chad Ocho, not bringing T.O back and agreeing to let Carson Palmer, a player who quit on the Bengal’s organization settle into retirement, the vibes were good. The Bengal’s went on to draft A.J Green who many saw as the best NFL draft prospect, better then that of even Cam Newton, with the second round pick the Bengal’s went on to get one of the winningest QB’S in College Football history in Andy Dalton. Some in the NFL world were clamoring for Carson Palmer to come back for just one final year before being traded, Palmer nor the Cincinnati Bengal’s would agree to those terms. Many people who saw the Cincinnati Bengal’s practice and training camp would swear that this team was on the cusp of something special, people out the outside would hear none of it. Andy Dalton would be named the starter and go on to beat the Cleveland Browns in what at the time was not known but would be the start of what the insiders had originally thought, something special building. The next game would be against the Denver Broncos, this game was a loss however.. something happened in that game, Andy Dalton would pass for over 300 yards and Jerome Simpson would go on to have a 100 plus yard game, oh and that rookie, A.J Green would go on to have the second most Receiving yards of the day( 124 yards) The next game would also be a loss, the last loss as a matter  of fact. What cannot be lost in this shuffle is the Mike Zimmer Defense, players like Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Michael Johnson Manny Lawson, we can’t forget about the great secondary that seems to be holding fine with the loss of Johnathan Joseph. Lets fast forward to 11/8/2011 on a Tuesday afternoon, these Bengal’s are preparing for a battle in the Jungle. The Cincinnati Bengal players and coaches are building a scheme, a game plan to topple the Steelers this Sunday, to make it just a little harder for the naysayers to come up with a reason or doubt has descended into more then an afterthought. Nobody will deny that when you play Pittsburgh and Baltimore back to back, two formidable opponents,  no matter who you are this  will be tough.  The Cincinnati have beat the teams that a 6-2  team should beat, you lost to a very good San Francisco team but so did Detroit, you lost to  the Denver Broncos but are they really that bad? Next up is the Steelers, a powerhouse division foe. Most people will be picking against the Cincinnati Bengal’s but who needs them?  This is the same base who thought Buffalo would fail miserably and be leaving on a jet plan to Los Angeles, how did that work out?  What this Cincinnati Bengal’s team needs to do is what they’ve done for the past 8 weeks, defy the naysayers and ignore the hate. The only way to muzzle people like Slash and some of the ” experts” on ESPN is to do what Al Davis always said, just win baby.

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