If it isn't Terrell Owens' Twitter traits, or the Bengals woeful ways, it's Carson Palmer's lack of performance as the starting quarterback in Cincinnati, that has notably cost Marvin Lewis a handful of wins recently.
Prior to the beginning of the season, the Bengals looked stacked on offense. Chad Ochocinco had hung around, and with acquisitions such as Jermaine Gresham, Jordan Shipley and Terrell Owens, all that was remaining was for the loop to be tied in a possible playoff year.
But while fans gathered and squabbled over how great this team's offense was, many forget Carson Palmer actually had to perform, for it all to work out.
And has that situation unfolded on the playing field?
To put it simply, no, no it hasn't.
Right now Carson Palmer has 1,287 yards on the year, with seven touchdowns and six interceptions in hand. Looking at these numbers and knowing nothing of the Bengals' issues, one may reach the conclusion that Carson Palmer isn't the problem, without even realizing how dismal No. 9 has looked lately.
However, what Palmer's stats fail to show is his overall lack of accuracy and determination, along with his winning attitude that has taken a direct hit since the start of the season.
Let's face it, 2-3 isn't a favorable record in the AFC North. The Bengals may not be the bottom of the barrel, but the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have turned the division into a solid two way battle.
It isn't likely that we will see the end of the Carson Palmer era anytime soon, after all, the Bengals don't have a bundle of suitable replacements to fill in.
In Week 6, Cincinnati have the week off to reflect on their season, and where it is headed, hopefully Carson Palmer works on his mechanics a little in the meantime.