The results this week did not bring much comfort the Bengals' faithful. While the 36 minutes and 22 seconds of game clock which the Bengals' offense held the ball was amazing, what the offense, specifically the quarterback, did with the ball during that time was what has Bengals' nation worried.
Considering the strong performance of the Browns in Baltimore and last seasons' valiant effort by the team on the lake up north, a rabid opponent is either going to have the Bengals squeaking through another week, finding it's footing, or giving up a spectacular (not for the Bengals) upset.
The questions are:
- Is Palmer still injured physically or is it a mental issue? (Too many injuries, too much fear, too little confidence?) Or has Carson hit an early expiration point?
- Will the offensive line step up at all? The running offense is sputtering though Benson is making the most of his little opportunities. Andre GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!! Glad your agent can talk for you, eventually maybe your game will too!
- Offensive coordination??? Is Bob Bratkowski spectacularly under-prepared or better yet unoriginal? Why call so many sideline passes with the slot and tight end occupied by two very strong rookies? Where is the downfield game? How does an offense still struggle to produce with four defenders covering your top two receivers at the same time!??!? If you have 7 on 8, there is room to exploit the defense. Is Bob holding back like he seemingly did last year in Week 17 at the Jets only to destroy his team psychologically?
Marvin Lewis is talking less and apparently has his team on media lock down but fan sentiment, which bewilders Lewis is this: now that we have the right to expect victory, what are you giving us?
Nobody is giving up on the Bengals and Marvin is the consumate professional but time to call a spade a spade. Maybe the court of public opinion is not the place to make it happen but if Andre Smith can be called out, you need to make a better case for why the rest of the team is being protected (including you Bobby Bratkowski.)