Andy Dalton Had No Tricks or Treats for Dolphins. After plenty of trickery and treats from the Bengals offense in wins against the Redskins, Browns and Jaguars, Andy Dalton came up empty-handed against an aggressive Miami Dolphins defense. With the running game continuing to sputter and Benjarvus Green-Ellis racking up fumbles, the burden fell on Andy Dalton to deliver. Perhaps he decided to don his Halloween costume early because the quarterback who was intercepted twice and overthrowing his receivers all day did not look like the same quarterback in the prior three games. No, the running game is not about to miraculously improve. Neither is the offensive line. Next up is also a hungry Cleveland Browns team desperate for a win. Andy Dalton will need to pull out a Superman costume and focus on getting the Bengals through October.
Don’t Believe The Hype (because this should be the only time I quote Flavor Flav): Sooo… Did I mention that Benjarvus Green-Ellis is still fumbling footballs? Did you know that Bernard Scott is out with a season-ending ACL tear? Did you hear the one about the Bengals finally having a running back that doesn’t fumble the ball and can establish a strong run game for Cincinnati? I tried optimism. I.Promise.I.Tried. *sigh*
Call Him A Nightmare on Elm Street (because the opponents are still having bad dreams): Bengals rookie Vontaze Burfict was considered “undraftable.” Not surprisingly, the Bengals drafted him. However, rather than become another butt of “Bungle” jokes, the whispers started in training camp that he was the real deal. Against the Jaguars, Burfict put together a beast of a game with eight tackles, a quarterback sack and a pass defensed. Against the Dolphins, Burfict showed up in a major way on special teams. Yes, you heard me. He was hustling on special teams. Did I mention he had zero experience playing special teams at Arizona State??? This may be the start of something really, really special…
Life After “Friday Night Lights” (also known as the college football season): I am an unabashedly pro-SEC football fan. So, of course, I am going to tell you to watch the LSU vs. South Carolina game this week. That being said, I am honestly more intrigued by this Stanford vs. Notre Dame game. It could get very, very interesting!
The Earth Is Not Flat (and great reasons to discuss sports other than football): The Cincinnati Reds are in the playoffs. With a chance to eliminate the San Francisco Giants, however, a costly mistake in the 10th inning keeps hope alive for the Giants. Here is hoping the Reds don’t take the Giants past Game 4!!!
There May Be Life in Other Solar Systems (and other non-sports related news worth mentioning): I now realize you can truly get paid to do anything. In one of the strangest headlines for the infinitely strange Huffington Post, there is evidence that an increase in male underwear sales indicates a rebound in the economy. Huh? *SMH*