Ever wonder what our opponent's media writes about the Bengals before/after playing them? I got curious and did some research. Below are some choice excerpts. Conclusion: we are not taken seriously, though people are still concerned about our talent at wideout (guess Baltimore takes awhile to get over the whuppings TJ and Chad have laid on them in the past, I assume they know better now).
Baltimore Beatdown: The Cincinnati Bengals have turned from the soap opera team of the summer into the forgotten ugly sister in the AFC North.
The Ebony Bird (is this name racist?): Looking Forward: They (Cincinnati) are at home against Baltimore in a game that might be a little closer than people expect. And by closer, I mean that the Bengals will actually come to the stadium.
Ravens Gab: (Ravens Gab? Really...maybe Baltimore just really sucks at naming their blogs?) The Cincinnati Bungles. This team finally has come full circle.This is the first time the Ravens have swept Cincy since 2002. It seems hard to figure with some of the talent they have that they have fallen so far off the map. They showed little fight most of the day and you’d have to think that the Marvin Lewis death watch is still on. Hmm, Brian Billick needs a coaching job.
The Schmuck Stops Here (Baltimore Sun...yep, they do suck at naming their blogs): Obviously, I was never terribly worried, since I picked the Ravens to win big, but I felt even better when I watched the Bengals come out of the tunnel before the game. There was as little pre-game emotion as you might have expected from a 1-9-1 team. Some of the players actually looked like they were bothered by the misty, 40-degree weather.
Medium Well (Baltimore Sun): During today's Ravens-Bengals game, CBS' cameras caught a boy in the stands holding up a little Bengals banner, but he had it upside down. Wilcots said: "I think he knew exactly what he was doing."
Connolly's Corner (Baltimore Sun): Let’s get this part out of the way first: The Bengals are terrible. Revoltingly terrible. So you have to keep that in mind when you analyze the Ravens performance Sunday. They may have had a little more trouble with an actual NFL team. Still, the Ravens needed to win in Cincy because the remaining games on their schedule aren’t gimmes. At the halfway point, we all counted Sunday’s contest in Cincy as a Ravens’ win.