Bengals 34, Packers 30. Holy Lambeau Leaps Batman! The Bengals pulled out a seemingly impossible win over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in front of the Cincinnati home crowd. It started with the Olympic gold-worthy acrobatics of Gio Bernard’s TD. That was followed by a sincere effort to give statisticians everywhere some serious overtime pay with the FOUR (4) consecutive turnovers by the Bengals offense. Then, to save Cincinnati, Ohio Alcoholics Anonymous meetings from a deluge of Bengals fans, Terence Newman and the Bengals defense recovered a Packers fumble for a pick-6 to seal the win in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Dennis Green Is Always Right (because “They are who we thought they were”): In an interview with Bottom Line Sports Radio, I was asked if the AFC North was the Bengals to lose. I hesitated and answered with “The AFC North is the Bengals to win.” After seeing the post season worthy performance of the defense juxtaposed with the pedestrian performance of Andy Dalton leading the offense, I can say that the Bengals are who we thought they were: an extremely talented team lacking consistent championship play from the quarterback. Is this a perfect team? No. Did the Packers let us off the hook? Yes. Will the Bengals still keep our hopes high for a post-season appearance? Absolutely!
Don’t Believe The Hype (because this should be the only time I quote Flavor Flav): If you watched HBO’s Hard K nocks Series on the Cincinnati Bengals this year, you saw Adam “Pacman” Jones featured in a few episodes. In a particularly interesting segment, he spoke highly of Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer and the fatherly influence on Jones. A certain naïve fan, not to be named here, thought this might signify that “Pacman” was ready to be Mr. Adam Jones. Alas, Pacman’s most recent arrest reminds us why we don’t believe the hype!
Call Him A Nightmare on Elm Street (because the opponents are still having bad dreams): Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions in a game for the first time since 2010. He was sacked four times. With every offense focusing their game plan on slowing down Geno Atkins, there is a lack of understanding for how deep the Bengals’ defensive line runs. It is also allowing DE Michael Johnson to make the case for more than the franchise tag placed on him during the off season. Johnson was everywhere Packers’ QB Rodgers did not want him to be, including 1.5 sacks, 7 tackles (5 solo), 1 fumble and 1 very crucial pass deflected in the last few seconds of the fourth quarter.
Tweet of the Week (because I might start liking Twitter): Adrian Peterson spent most of the off season talking about rushing for 2500+ yards this season. Apparently, NFL defenses noticed and made different plans, including the Cleveland Browns. With their recent loss to Cleveland, Peterson tweeted his daughter’s reaction to the Vikings loss. Ouch!
The Earth Is Not Flat (and great reasons to discuss sports other than football): Honestly, fall is the best season of the year to be a sports fan. With football, baseball and basketball colliding, you can gorge yourself on ESPN and justify your dedication. That being said, I am pleased to announce that the Cincinnati Reds are still in the hunt for October! The Dodgers look good, but the third time may be the charm for the Reds!
There May Be Life in Other Solar Systems (and other non-sports related news worth mentioning): Please continue to keep the victims of the Colorado floods in your prayers and consider donating to a reputable charity.