Originally posted on WhoDeyFans  |  Last updated 11/17/12
  So I have been very absent of late.  There’s work, then the whole family got really sick, plus it’s really hard to write these articles when your team continuously lets you down.  However, every once in awhile, your team will show you a glimmer of light that you forgot it had and it can change everything.  That glimmer of light is a cold-stone whooping on the defending Super Bowl Champions.  So now I have to ask the question, “Who are you…and what have you done with my football team?” Now to be fair, as Bengals fans we know what our team is capable of.  We know how talented our QB can be and how he can use any and all weapons around him to make the other team’s defense look silly.  We know how talented our defense can be when they rotate the line efficiently, put pressure on the QB and stop the run.  We know how talented our special teams can be when they make the right choice and then stick to it.  As Bengals fans WE KNOW how talented our team CAN be.  The problem is that they don’t live up to their own talent and our expectations most of the time.  I guess it’s part of being a Bengal.  However, this past Sunday, they lived up to both ends.  Let’s look ahead. Week 1: Mon, Sep 10 – Cincinnati at Baltimore Ravens, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN) 13-44  L 0-1 1-0 on Picks Week 2: Sun, Sep 16 – Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) 37-27   W 1-1 2-0 on Picks Week 3: Sun, Sep 23 – Cincinnati at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) 38-31 W 2-1 3-0 on Picks Week 4: Sun, Sep 30 – Cincinnati at Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS) 27-10 W 3-1 4-0 on Picks Week 5: Sun, Oct 7 – Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) 17-13  L 3-2 4-1 on Picks Week 6: Sun, Oct 14 – Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) 34-24 L 3-3 4-2 on Picks Week 7: Sun, Oct 21 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 12-17 L 3-4 4-3 on Picks Week 8: BYE Week 9: Sun, Nov 4 – Denver Broncos at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) 31-23 L 3-5 4-4 on Picks Week 10: Sun, Nov 11 – New York Giants at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) 31-13 W 4-5 4-5 on Picks Week 11: Sun, Nov 18 – Cincinnati at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) I’m gonna be honest.  I picked our boys to lose last week and they shoved it down my throat.  I will eat it gladly boys.  This week I know is a win.  If people thought that the Giant’s secondary had holes in it then the Chiefs have craters.  Their secondary, whether it’s man or zone, leave WAY to much room for receivers to catch the ball.  That’s a plus considering our yards after the catch stat is so awesome…I couldn’t find it anywhere to include it in this article, but it’s awesome!  Dalton is going to have a field day and since all my buddies on the podcast made ‘Bold Predictions’ this Wednesday then I’ll make one as well.  Dalton throws for 400 yards.  However, I would love to see Peerman carry the ball a little bit more.  I think we’ve got gold there and we need to use it.  Same for Sanu…couldn’t have been happier with his performance last week. As far as D goes…our boys SHOULD pick Cassel apart.  We’ve got to do one of two things.  Either get up early or stop the run.  One of those is going to force Cassel to throw the ball more which will give us more of a chance to put pressure on him which will make him throw INTs.  Turnovers = Ws.  I know Marvin has been saying it for years but I’m saying it know.  Let’s dominate that turnover margin again!  Wow…that sounds so sexy when I say it like that.  Anyways…should be another big week.  Can’t get over confident but confidence is exactly what this team needs right now.  Especially after a big win like last week.  35-10 win at Arrowhead.  WHO DEY boys!!! W 5-5 Week 12: Sun, Nov 25 – Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) W 6-5 Week 13: Sun, Dec 2 – Cincinnati at San Diego Chargers, 4:15 p.m. ET (CBS) W 7-5 Week 14: Sun, Dec 9 – Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) L 7-6 Week 15: Thu, Dec 13 – Cincinnati at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET (NFL) W 8-6 Week 16: Sun, Dec 23 – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) W 9-6 Week 17: Sun, Dec 30 – Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) W 10-6
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Details emerge on Brady's injury: 'Right thumb bent back badly'

Roy Halladay autopsy shows he had mix of drugs in system

Report: Indians, Orioles had discussed Manny Machado trade

Report: Jets WR threatened to sexually assault cop's wife

Report: Cavs seeking trades for DeAndre Jordan, George Hill

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tom Brady has 'just a cut' near knuckle, needed stitches

NFL determines Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

Report: Todd Haley wants to be Cardinals’ offensive coordinator

Kemba Walker would be ‘devastated’ if Hornets trade him

Foles ‘wanted to retire’ after spending a year with Fisher

New study: NFL concussion protocol won’t protect players from CTE

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Top 10 X-factors for Conference Championship Games

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

15 underrated NBA players having tremendous seasons

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker