First, up, my most recent post where I ask (assuming the answer is basically "no"):
Do the Bengals have an edge in any area against Baltimore this week?
Well, yes, it turns out they do. They have in edge in every area (except the area where you have to snap a ball seven yards backwards so a Ginger Kid can kick it - in that area the Ravens RULE).
All due respect to my boy Competitiveness, but if luck played a role in this game, it was good luck for the Ravens that they weren't down and out of this game by the end of the 3rd quarter. The overthrow by Flacco on 3rd down and the convenient penalties on the game-winning drive merely allowed the final score to validate what anyone watching that game should have realized: the Bengals outplayed the Ravens in every facet of the game and were a better team.
Second, I revisited my season preview and concluded the following:
Bengals fans find out this team has a ceiling. And that ceiling is the wild card playoff round.
I even underlined it at the time for emphasis. Whoops! Instead we found out that the Bengals could beat a team previously thought to be among the class of the AFC (and for the past decade or so, by extension the entire NFL)...on the road. The defense is legit, I can only imagine the offense can get better from here on out, a team identity for once exists, and a good-karma snowball appears to be rolling downhill and gaining speed. All bets are off.
But, I remind everyone that the season is LONG and the Superbowl is all that matters. And with that I will bow out of the prediction business for this season...
We are fans first here at WDR. That's why La Revolucion exists. But it's difficult to see at the moment what another Project Mayhem task might do at this point besides be a wet blanket on a type of season that has been entirely too rare for Bengals fans since Mike Brown assumed full control.
While all out guerrilla war may not be the order of the day for now, we guarantee that at WDR we will continue to hold Bengals mgmt to the highest standards of professionalism. So while some may bristle at the tone and critical nature of Competitiveness' post-game analysis of the Bengals play ("we're 4-1!", "we won!", "just enjoy it!"...what up tony d), he is just holding the Bengals to a very high standard. It is my hope, and our goal at WDR, that one day we all hold the Bengals to the same standards that Competitiveness does.
The Bengals under Mike Brown are guilty until proven innocent. The verdict this season so far is overwhelmingly "innocent". However, the long term prognosis for consistent success remains unchanged and as Bengals fans we must keep pressure on the front office regardless of the potential for 2009.
New short term goals: keep the heat on Brat (the odds of him losing his job now are like a billion to 1, but whatever) and cut Brad St Louis.