The Bengals are now three games deep into the preseason with two games remaining. Last Friday, the Bengals beat the Eagles 22-9. The highlight of the game was a Terrell Owens 43-yard reception along the sideline that set up the only touchdown by Cincinnati’s starting offense. Morgan Trent had three picks and Cedric Peerman had two touchdowns.
While the Bengals are getting ready for the next game against the Bills, here are this week's five Bengal topics to ponder.
Last week's five Bengal topics can be found here.
Shayne Graham was recently asked by ESPN's James Walker what it would feel like to kick a potential game-winning field goal against the Bengals. You can read the article here.
Graham said this: "It would be nice if it came down to that."
After missing clutch kicks for the Bengals in the playoff game against the Jets, Graham now wants revenge against his former team. Of course, this is premature as Graham has not yet beat out Billy Cundiff for the placekicking job for the Ravens.
After watching Dave Rayner and Mike Nugent, the Bengals may be wishing they resigned Graham.
On August 20, Terrell Owens wrote an open letter to Bengal fans.
The pessimist says:
The Bengals haven't won a playoff game in two decades. Maybe Owens should ease up on the Super Bowl talk. Also, this sounds great and all but will Owens be so positive when when he doesn't get the ball thrown his way ten times a game? Will he bad mouth quarterback Carson Palmer if his throws are not perfect? That is what he did in Dallas and in Philadelphia. Owens says, "I signed here for a reason" but he didn't exactly have a lot of teams lining up to add him to their squad.
The optimist says:
Owens has never caused clubhouse trouble in the first year with a new team. Owens' statements were unlike any heard from a Bengal player in years. This letter shows his commitment to the Bengals and the city. The 43-yard catch is only beginning. If he catches the ball and does his job, the Bengals will be a playoff team. It all starts in New England.
On August 17th, Rey Maualuga learned that he will not be suspended for his arrest on drunk driving charges back in January. Originally, he was given a one-game suspension but he appealed the ruling.
Maualuga will be a little lighter in the wallet, though. Total it all up and his adventure in Covington, KY will end up costing him around $76K. Yikes!
Need another reason to dislike the NFL preseason?
Bengals safety Gibril Wilson is done for the season after injuring his ACL/MCL against the Eagles. They promptly added former fourth-round pick Marvin White to step in. White played last year for the Dallas Cowboys and was recently waived by the Detroit Lions.
Other guys who could compete for the spot are Jeromy Miles, Tom Nelson (if he can get on the field), Rico Murray, and Kyries Herbert
Have you ever wondered how drug testing is done in the NFL? Chad Ochocinco posted this picture on Twitter to give us a better idea of how it works. You can read more here.
The quote that went with it is pretty funny:
Said Ochocinco: "Ok , why does the NFL continue to test me, all I do is piss excellence for them each time, I love these random steroid -drug test".