Are the Bengals Ready to Battle the Jaguars? Sometimes, I like being wrong, and I love when the sports pundits get it right. Last week, the Bengals were picked as favorites over the Redskins, and a Tim Tebow-esque Wildcat formation on the first play of the game led to an A.J. Green touchdown from rookie WR Mohamed Sanu. That aggressive offensive strategy paid off with a win for the Bengals. Of course, it helped that Andy Dalton decided not to be outdone and threw for over 300 yards and three TDs in the shoot-out at FedEx Field. This week, though, it looks like a pretty even match with both teams struggling with weak run defenses. Cincinnati has the edge if they keep that “ready to pounce” mentality on offense again this week.
Don’t Believe The Hype (because this should be the only time I quote Flavor Flav): Sooo… We traded away Cedric Benson, in part because of his tendency to fumble the ball. We picked up Benjarvus Green-Ellis, in part because he had never fumbled a ball in his entire NFL career. Last week, he fumbled the ball. Let’s hope he is not inheriting any crazy voodoo left over by Benson (because that would be all hype, right?)! It is very reassuring to know that Green-Ellis is focused on not fumbling and breaking LaDainian Tomlinson’s all-time record of 712 consecutive touches between fumbles.
Call Him A Nightmare on Elm Street (because the opponents are still having bad dreams): Bengals DE Michael Johnson was awarded the AFC defensive player of the week after making a career-high three sacks against the Washington Redskins. I bet when Redskins’ QB RGIII watched the eight sacks that Seattle put on Aaron Rodgers, he had a few Freddy Krueger, aka Michael Johnson, flashbacks of his own! With Carlos Dunlap back in the lineup, let’s hope the defensive line can keep the secondary out of trouble… *crosses fingers*
Tweet of the Week (because I might start liking Twitter): I actually feel bad for posting this one, but it was sooo good! I guess I’ll just spend a little extra time in confession this week… “Flacco’s decisions resemble Kim Kardashians…balls just goin everywhere…”
Fantasy Football Rights and Wrongs (because I am right about your decisions and not mine): In one of my leagues, I am 0-3 and looking like I’ll be o-4. That, however, does not stop me from telling you that you should take a chance on Benjarvus Green-Ellis against the Jaguars this week – at least in a flex position. He has something to prove, and the Jaguars run defense is more kitty cat than pouncing panther.
Life After “Friday Night Lights” (also known as the college football season): I need people to stop it with the “What an upset!” regarding the Stanford loss to Washington. Coach Sarkisian has been quietly building a powerhouse up in the Pacific Northwest for the past few years. When he had a chance to return to USC, he decided to do the honorable thing and honor his commitment to Washington. It looks to me like it is all paying off handsomely for him.
Shameless Rumor Mongering (because who knows if we can really handle the truth): Have you heard the one about the Bengals not having any problems with keeping cornerbacks healthy? Okay, me either. Well, the Bengals resigned former safety Chris Crocker as a band-aid for that ailing secondary. We will see how that goes, won’t we?
The Earth Is Not Flat (and great reasons to discuss sports other than football): On October 30th, the NBA season tips off. Guess what? Her Game Life will be blogging about the NBA too! Yes, this website is THAT cool!!!
There May Be Life in Other Solar Systems (and other non-sports related news worth mentioning): Women really are ridiculously resilient! Have you heard about the woman who survived an “internal decapitation?” Basically, her skull separated from her spine with the outside of her neck still being intact. I cannot imagine! It really gives a whole other meaning to “running around like a chicken with her head cut off!” :-S