Here we are, folks. The down week is over, the media hype has begun and Super Bowl week is in full swing. So many questions have been asked and answered by Zac Taylor and this Cinderella story we know as the Cincinnati Bengals.
It hasn’t been an easy road to February football, and if we are being honest, exactly no one thought the Bengals would be walking the Sunset Strip in lovely Los Angeles the day before Valentine’s Day.
Many, many things had to fall in line to make even a playoff push. More stars than can be counted had to align to get deep into the playoffs. A Super Bowl berth? Well, let’s say nothing short of a tear in the space-time continuum could facilitate a return to 1989. Or a DeLorean. Does anyone have a DeLorean?
However, in the most contrarian fashion, the 2021-22 Cincinnati Bengals shed the “Bungle” moniker for good. I’m calling it. “Bungle” is dead and buried. Can we please agree on that?
What we have now is an imaginative, aggressive coaching staff, a brash young superstar quarterback, and ascending young talent for days. Throw in almost 60 million of cash to spend in the offseason, and the core of the team intact for the foreseeable future.
One game remains. One game for redemption. One game to wash away the 90’s and the unfulfilled promise of the 2000s. One game to forget Palmer’s knee, Dalton’s thumb, Jeremy Hill’s fumble.
If the Bengals can answer these three questions against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI, the city of Cincinnati and a weary fan base can collectively hoist the Lombardi Trophy and lay to rest a lifetime’s worth of demons. Let’s take a look!