Bengals Flying Under Radar

dave TempleContributor INovember 21, 2009

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 15, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bengals defeated the Steelers 18-12. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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                  Carson Palmer and company are holders of the second best record in the AFC, yet they are covered as if they were at the bottom of the stack. I have to wonder if the media pundits are afraid to mix the words "great" and "Defense" or "feared" and "dominant" with the likes of the Cincinnati Bengals.

                  I scan the pages of our local newspapers and find only small bits of shrapnel when it comes to viable information about the Bengals break out season. I flip on the boob tube hoping to get an indepth look at the Bengals and their next test and see the same old Brady vs Manning discussions. While the Colts and the Patriots are perennial favorites, I would rather see something new.

                  I decide to go to the web for more indepth news about Cincinnati and find that before even playing a game "Larry Johnson threatens stability of Bengals locker room." Where did that crap come from and why is it the main focus of people who are hating this special Bengals season? The Cincinnati Bengals are a telented group of misfits who through the magic of chemistry and learning life's lessons the hard way have gelled and become a force in the AFC North.

                  The Bengals are breaking records in the division and for the team at a neck breaking pace, no pun intended to those on IR past and present. I am making an "On my knees pleading, begging request" to both the national media and the local media to give the Bengals what they have earned and allow the Bengals nation who have lived the bad years to bask in  redemption,it's only fair!

                  ESPN, CBSSportsline, and wake up and smell the "Jungle". We don't know how long it will stay or if it will last past the regular season. We just know that in a negative world, Cincinnati now has a reason to get out of bed happy for a little while. Help us celebrate the moment and who knows maybe it will be the beginning of a great run for an organization who has suffered long enough. This is my take, what's yours. Leave your comments and I will gladly reply.