Shock and Awe

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November 4, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) catches a touchdown pass over defending Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Terence Newman (23) at Paul Brown Stadium. Denver won the game 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE


It has finally sunk in. This four game skid has been very difficult to deal with after the season began with such hope and promise. I still am sitting on the couch with chips on my belly and Bud Lite cans scattered throughout the room. I’m staring at the Directv channel that was playing the latest Bengal debacle. Wondering what happened? How could they start 3-1 and then drop four straight?

The optimist in me says that it’s a young team. Andy Dalton’s numbers are better than the four quarterbacks taken ahead of him, and he does not have the running backs that they have. The pessimist in me says that once again the Bengals are following a winning season with a letdown year, where the team is crushed by high expectations. I have to go with option two.

Why can’t this team have back to back winning seasons? Paul Brown was over .500 on 16 of 17 seasons while coaching the Cleveland Browns but when he became owner of the Cincinnati Bengals that streak fell apart. Starting in 1968 the Bengals have had back to back winning seasons THREE TIMES. 1972 -1973, A remarkable stretch from 1975 to 1977 where they had an amazing run of three seasons over .500., and 1981 – 82 (strike season).

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