I have to apologize ladies and gentlemen, for the past couple of weeks I have had to find different ways to coax my ego besides writing some of my opinions on the Bengals for Stripe Hype. I have mostly done this by destroying friends and co-workers in Fantasy Football drafts and by beating my grandmother unmercifully in the downloadable Madden 13 demo in anticipation for tonight’s midnight release for what might be the most hyped Madden game of the franchise. Though I digress, Wednesday will be all about Madden and Friday I’ll have something special for you Fantasy Football degenerates, but this morning, it’s all about the Who Dey.
I need to go ahead and clarify that just because I have not been writing as of late doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching, because I have and I’m not convinced I like all that I see. I have to say there have been more positives than negatives overall as the defense seems primed and ready to carry this team to the playoffs on their shoulders once again. They held their opponents respectively to 3, 13, and 17 points in the first half. The team they relinquished 17 too was the Super Bowl champions from two seasons ago, the Green Bay Packers. The defense is making plays as well, forcing an interception from Aaron Rodgers and also the Falcons and Jets in their first two games. Not to mention all of the plays this defense has made up to this point have not been at full strength. Defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap and Robert Geathers have sat most of the preseason taking care of injuries. First round draft pick Dre Kirckpatrick has not even played a down yet in the NFL so who knows how much he might be able to contribute to the secondary this year. Also don’t forget that Mike Zimmer hasn’t really began to use any of his blitz packages yet during these games that don’t matter and should be ready to unleash hell week 1 against the Ravens. The bottom line is I may have worries about the Bengals going into this season, but none of them are on the defensive side of the ball.
Now as far as the offense is concerned it’s not all bad. I’m not here to gripe about possibilities, only to make sense of what has happened so far, which isn’t much. It is clear that Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are going to account for most of the big plays on offense and I have no problem with that. But it is my belief that if the Bengals are going to make reservations for New Orleans this year, they’re going to need more. Now once again I know the disclaimer is that even the offense isn’t supposed to be running on all cylinders yet so there is plenty of maneuverability for what I’m about to say.