Cincinnati Bengals: your new Super Bowl favorite


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It seems early to already be down to just one undefeated team in the AFC, but the Bengals are playing like they could maintain that storyline well into November.

They’re led by a defense who is hungry for more. Aside from the Ravens making a game of it late during the fourth quarter, the Bengals have been almost untouchable. That defense is suffocating opposing quarterbacks and running attacks; while the offense continues to play simple, efficient football.

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Your 2014 Cincinnati Bengals season preview


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The Cincinnati Bengals were my pick to win the AFC last year, and to their credit, they did make me look good for awhile. Unfortunately, they lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that they reached the postseason for the third year in a row. And they look very likely to make it four. This franchise is not the punchline that they used to be. Cincinnati has truly turned the corner. To finally make it back to the Super Bowl, and win it (third time the charm?) they’ll need Andy Dalton to not be Andy Dalton. Even though they just gave him an INSANE 6 yea, $115 million deal.

So apparently, they believe in him.

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AJ McCarron falls to round 5, best of #BeforeMcCarronIsDrafted


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So I guess AJ McCarron made a really poor impression on NFL scouts and front office people. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that AJ McCarron, who quarterbacked Alabama to a pair of national titles, rubbed teams “the wrong way” when he met with them heading into the draft. It’s not the first time that we’ve heard things along these lines about AJ McCarron.

NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported that McCarron’s repeated claims that he’d been told by teams that he would be a first-round pick didn’t sit well with some talent evaluators around the league. McCarron said last month that he expected to go as high as the 16th pick no lower than the 35th pick.

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NFL Free Agency Winners: Browns, Giants. Losers: Vikings, Bengals


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With the bulk of NFL free agency completed, some teams have hope that they can win, and win big, this upcoming season with their new acquisitions. Other franchises, though, took a step back as they didn’t make a key move to help their teams improve this NFL free agency period.

Sure, there will still be some minor moves, but since nearly all of the major names made their move, here are the rising and falling squads in 2014.

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Minnesota Vikings hire Bengals DC Mike Zimmer as head coach


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Mike Zimmer is the next Minnesota Vikings Head Coach. According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, and corroborated by sources at both ESPN and NFL Network, the Bengals defensive coordinator and the Vikings agreed to terms today. Once the Mike Zimmer deal is complete, coupled with NFC North rival Detroit hiring Jim Caldwell yesterday, only the Cleveland Browns will be searching for a coach among NFL teams.

As you can see, NFL Head Coach openings are a Rust Belt thing this offseason. By the way, you may enjoy this video of Mike Zimmer cursing out his Bengals defenders from “Hard Knocks” (language NSFW)

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NSFW VIDEO: Mike Zimmer cursing out the Cincinnati Bengals defense


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Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer is the next Minnesota Vikings Head Coach. Nothing is official yet, but the Mike Zimmer situation has progressed to the point where multiple outlets: NFL Network, ESPN, Fox Sports are reporting it as a done deal. It’s rumored that Mike Zimmer wasn’t even going to leave the Vikings practice facility in Winter Park, Minnesota. He would accept the job and stay there. Jay Glazer seemed to have the Mike Zimmer story first.

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Jeff Garlin to lead roast of Boomer Esiason, Jay Cutler invited?


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Boomer Esiason ripped Jay Cutler on media conference call at the beginning of the NFL season saying:

“He’s I guess, maybe in the top 15, I guess I would put him, but Chicago is a mid tier team in the NFC and the NFC is loaded. If things go right for them, they need to stay healthy and somehow beat Green Bay which is not something they’ve been able to do with consistency since Jay got there.”

Esiason went on to say more than that (read it here)

Then Boomer Esiason doubled down on his comments on Sunday during CBS NFL Today week one:

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Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers: brutally honest preview


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Andy Dalton and the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., to take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers (5-8) on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 6 p.m. CST on NBC. The Cincinnati Bengals were my Super Bowl Champion pick back in August, and maybe they aren’t world beaters, but they’re very good. And they’re doing it without their best defender Geno Atkins.

The Cincinnati Bengals absolutely destroyed the Indianapolis Colts last week, and are one win away from making the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.

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Boomer Esiason radio show to be nationally televised


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Boomer Esiason is best known today for his role on CBS Sports, primarily on The NFL Today, as well as a morning co-host on New York radio station WFAN. Norman Julius Esiason is also a Monday Night Football analyst for Westwood One. He’s had a very interesting 2013 “media season.” Lawrence Taylor called him a dickhead live on a radio show. And Boomer Esiason made national headlines when he criticized Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears in the week leading up to NFL kickoff.

“He’s I guess, maybe in the top 15, I guess I would put him, but Chicago is a mid tier team in the NFC and the NFC is loaded,” Boomer Esiason said of Cutler.

Hard to say he’s wrong. Jay hasn’t really done anything this year to discredit that opinion, and labeling the Bears as a mid-tier team is very accurate. Maybe it’s even overrating them, considering they lost to the lowly Minnesota Vikings yesterday.

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Lawrence Taylor calls Boomer Esiason a dickhead


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I know my loyal fanbase of Chicago Bears fans aren’t that keen on Boomer Esiason right now. After all, Norman Julius Esiason said that he took a poll of his NFL pundit colleagues and people in the league, and found that there were 20 quarterbacks in the league that pollsters would prefer over Bears QB Jay Cutler.

Then he said Jay Cutler was this generation’s Jeff George. As inaccurate as these assertions were, Boomer Esiason is just doing his job as a CBS Analyst, getting people to talk about Boomer Esiason.

And if you, the Bears fan were angry at him, or perhaps still are, Lawrence Taylor lashed out at him- just not over that. LT went off over a different issue.

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Bengals fans say no to Katy Perry and her giant boobies (video)


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Whenever I write about Katy Perry, I usually say “the breasts of Katy Perry” or “the boobs of Katy Perry” did xyz, because clearly she can’t make listenable music. Katy Perry is where she is today because of her looks, i.e. her breasts. A body can carry you far in America, especially if you’re a woman.

And if there’s one body part you would want to have going for you, it’s….the assets Perry has. They can sell any product you can imagine. If you’re a man, sorry, you don’t have a body part with similar marketing power. However, Katy Perry and the boobies of Katy Perry could still not win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: brutally honest preview


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For the third straight week, the Green Bay Packers will face off with a 2012 playoff team.

This time around, it’s the Cincinnati Bengals – coming off a short week – who welcome the Packers to Paul Brown Stadium for the first time since 2005.

Both of these teams were pegged as serious contenders in their respective conference which begs the question; could this be a preview of this year’s Super Bowl?

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