Originally posted on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 10/26/11
  SEATTLE, Wash. — There was little doubt that TCU rookie quarterback Andy Dalton would be taking the reins of the Cincinnati Bengals' offense in 2011 — with team owner Mike Brown and former franchise quarterback Carson Palmer at loggerheads about where Palmer would ply his trade in the future and Palmer threatening to retire, the move to take Dalton in the second round of the draft and bring him along on a team that has had two winning seasons in the last 20 years. In other words, not much was expected. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have been the bullies of the AFC North for long enough, and most everyone expected that to continue this season. What very few people did expect was for the Bengals to get off to a 4-2 start, nipping at the heels of the Ravens and Steelers while those two teams developed issues of their own. All of a sudden, the Pittsburgh run defense has been vulnerable for the first time in about 50 years, and Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco has been r...
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