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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Week 3

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Wow! Not sure there is any other way to describe the emotional roller coaster of Sunday that left me feeling more emotionally unstable than a Kardashian. There were moments during the game which gave me flashbacks of the Bungle days of the 1990s/early 2000’s and had me questioning my dedication to this team.

And then there were moments when I had visions of the Super Bowl hey days of the 80’s. Basically the Bengals turned my TV into Bill and Ted’s time warp machine on Sunday and took me through 3 decades of memories in one 4 hour stretch. Exciting, frustrating, exhilarating, disturbing and uplifting all at the same time.

When Dalton took the final knee, I felt like I needed a cigarette and a bath!

The Good

Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) tries to leap over Green Bay Packers free safety M.D. Jennings (43) at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 34-30. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

The Start

The past two weeks I have been complaining about how slow and unprepared the Bengals have looked at the beginning of the game. Well, Sunday they did not have an issue coming out fast. The Bengals took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards in 10 plays, facing a 3rd down just once – that is efficiency and good preparation.

If that wasn’t good enough, they recovered the ensuing kickoff at the Denver 5 yard line and punched it in a play later. Less than 6 minutes into the game, the Bengals had a 14-0 lead on the Packers and it looked as if the Bengals had a stranglehold on the game before it really had even begun.