Hopefully, Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer sent out a “Search and Rescue” for the Bengals’ Secondary. Listen, I am still not over the Bengals matching their worst season-opening loss with the 44-13 beatdown by Baltimore. With plenty of blame to assign, the glaring lack of the coverage by the cornerbacks and safeties has to concern Zimmer. With nagging injuries (Hall and Kirkpatrick), immaturity (Mays) and old age (Newman) depleting the talent pool, it will be interesting to see what rabbits the Bengals pull out of their hats for Week 2.
Don’t Believe The Hype (because this should be the only time I quote Flavor Flav): Andrew Hawkins and Benjarvus Green-Ellis still managed to shine brightly in an otherwise frustrating loss. Am I the only one who had paid no attention to Hawkins’ rise from practice squad to favorite target of Andy Dalton? Is Benjarvus Green-Ellis really planning a break-out season now that he has been promoted to premier running back? I think there is a strong possibility that one of these stories is all hype. I just haven’t figured out which one yet!
Tweet of the Week (because I might start liking Twitter): When asked about the “forecast” for running back Bernard Scott (hand) and defensive end Carlos Dunlap (knee) to play in Week 2, Marvin Lewis’ reportedly said, “partly cloudy.”
Fantasy Football Rights and Wrongs (because I am right about 50% of the time): So, I told you to think twice about drafting the Bengals’ defense and tight end Jermaine Gresham. That was smart. Then again, I also told you not to draft Miles Austin. Hey, I had no way of knowing that Tony Romo actually planned to play like the quarterback everyone says he is, especially against the Giants! Still, I stand by my concerns for Austin’s hamstrings. Feast on your week 1 fantasy points, but you may want to pick up the Bengals’ wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, especially against the Browns’ secondary in week 2 action.
Life After “Friday Night Lights” (also known as the college football season): If anyone outside of Louisiana could find Monroe, LA on a map before their “shocking” win over Arkansas, then they must have been to a family reunion there. Forget “Any Given Sunday,” last Saturday’s overtime thriller is why God just barely ekes out football as #1 in importance for Southerners. However, if you examine things a little more closely, you can see that this loss was as inevitable as a SEC team in the national championship game this coming January.
Shameless Rumor Mongering (because who knows if we can really handle the truth): I think Randy Moss will have at least six touchdowns this season. Yes, he is 35 years old. However, “Moss was the lone wide receiver when the 49ers were in their run-oriented packages against the Packers.” You know that means the 49ers plan to take a chance against defenses with suspect secondary coverage (Bengals, are you listening?).
The Earth Is Not Flat (and great reasons to discuss sports other than football): Congratulations to Serena Williams on an epic summer of 2012! Who else can say they lost in the first round of the French Open but stormed back to win Wimbledon, two Olympic gold medals AND the U.S. Open this year? That’s right, no one! How inspiring to hear her say, “A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” Serena, thank you for being such an inspiration with your dedication and hard work!
There May Be Life in Other Solar Systems (and other non-sports related news worth mentioning): Okay, if you find anything more adorable than this story, then you must send it to me! Did you know that cheetahs and dogs get along like best buds!?! Apparently, dogs help cheetahs gain confidence and patience to put up with us crazy humans. Hmph! I still can’t say the same for Bengals and Ravens. Okay, okay… It’s time to let it go.