Originally written on WhoDeyFans  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Sure it turns out that Bill and I were both right.  I was right about the game and Bill was right about the division still being up for grabs. I’m not sure if that’s still the case but it was in the cards.  The title of the article describes exactly how I feel about last weekends games.  I was BITTER because the Bengals lost a very winnable game.  Key players did not execute at important times and that’s why we missed the boat.  However, the weekend also was SWEET watching two division rivals fall in their games, keeping our playoff hopes still very much alive.  But again, it’s BITTER because they both lost and if we could’ve pulled out a W then we’d have the 2nd wild card spot and we’d be one game back from the division leader.  Then again I also could’ve finished putting up my Christmas light this weekend…but I didn’t…so get over it! Many will disagree with me but I think Dalton looked really good this weekend.  If you take away the INT I think he had a great showing.  He put the balls where they needed to be, however the receivers did not keep up their part of the bargain and there were too many dropped passes to count.  I don’t think they gave Benny the ball enough though.  Gruden did say it was because he wanted to put more points on the board at the end of the game instead of just running down the clock but I think they could’ve run for those first downs if they ran the ball like they did in the first half.  I knew we were in trouble when the Bengals looked like they were winding down and there was 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.  Defense played alright until the last 6 minutes of the game when they decided to give up big yards.  It didn’t help that the refs were not on our side but we mostly beat ourselves up with our own penalties as well.  To sum it all up…I told you so.  Let’s go Philly!  Scroll down to check it out. 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) 28-6 W 5-5  5-5 on Picks Week 12: Sun, Nov 25 – Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) 34-10 W 6-5  6-5 on Picks Week 13: Sun, Dec 2 – Cincinnati at San Diego Chargers, 4:15 p.m. ET (CBS) 20-13 W 7-5  7-5 on Picks Week 14: Sun, Dec 9 – Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) 19-20  L 7-6  8-5 on Picks Week 15: Thu, Dec 13 – Cincinnati at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET (NFL) I think that in order to take a team to the playoffs that is worth taking we are going to need to win out.  Inching into the playoffs with a 9-7 record doesn’t work for everyone and I think we know that it doesn’t work for us.  (Look at last year)  Forget about proving ourselves to everyone else…we need to prove it to ourselves.  I think in order to do that you need a 10-6 record and a W next to the Steelers and the Ravens.  If you can’t beat both of your division rivals then what makes you think you can take it all the way to the Super Bowl?  I think it can happen.  I think that we needed a loss to bring ourselves back down to earth and realize that beating bad teams won’t get the job done.  We lost to a team that is fighting for their own spot in the playoffs and now we have a chance to go on national television (something we’re not good at) and take it to a team that needs demolishing. Our D needs to tear through the offensive line and welcome this rookie to the NFL with handfuls of sacks.  Let’s say ‘hello’ to their rookie RB as well and show him that what Tampa Bay did last week can happen lots more.  Our receivers are going to come out with a fire under their ass and are going to catch everything under the sun…especially Green.  I think that Jones shows up again and also has a big day…maybe even a TD.  I also think that Benny will get the ball more and he breaks 100 yards for the 4th time this year.  Since the boys will do it on the podcast tonight I’ve prepared my ‘BOLD PREDICTION’ in advance.  Dalton throws for 300 yards and 3 TDs while Green-Ellis also runs for 100 yards and a TD and one receiver catches for 100 yards and a TD.  Bengals win big on primetime!  31-13 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
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