The day after Christmas saw the strangest of sights in Cincinnati. Terrell Owens—done for the season. Chad Ochocinco—inactive. Jerome Simpson — two touchdowns.
Mother was in from Dayton and posed the most basic of questions: "Maybe without Chad and Terrell Owens, the Bengals are better...?" It could be, though it also could be because playing loose with nothing to lose is exactly why the Bengals won in 2009.
Returning to form was never so bittersweet ... and yet, every Bengals fan now knows that there is more to the Bengals than Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens. Nothing like a charge up courtesy of the couch-bound Chargers to bring back a little bit of, "What if..."