Hey. Newsflash. It's totally legit to be critical even in victory. Just because a team wins a game means next to nothing without context. If your analysis of a game involves pointing to the "W" and saying "look, we win. we good" you are a mouthbreather. The Bengals played poorly on offense but it didn't matter as we played a horrible team. That means nothing. The take away is not, "we win it's all good", but "holy shit our offense looks like ass brat should die carson needs to get better we are doomed omg omg omg".
Look no farther than this week against the Browns for a test to see how focusing on the quality of play and not the win loss columns is what matters. If the Bengals do not get their offensive act together, do not be surprised if the Browns end their losing streak against us. From Brian Burke via the Fifth Down Blog via Advanced NFL Stats:
What I look for is games where the model’s prediction diverges from the general consensus and try to figure out why. For example, the model has the Browns favored over the Bengals, although most experts give the upper hand to Cincinnati. I think the Browns are underestimated because they’re “supposed” to be a doormat. Plus, the Bengals’ offense has performed worse than many people probably realize.
Though with only 3 weeks to analyze, the amount of information doesn't give Brian much confidence in his predictions, he still gives the Browns a 63% chance of winning this week. Yikes.
Smug quips like "not too many teams have to make excuses for winning like that, but I guess we do" from Marvin are a bunch of bullshit. People aren't complaining about the win, Marvin, they're complaining about the quality of play that would have resulted in a loss against almost any other team. So many people fall back on that logic and it pisses me off. I'll be a happy, content fan when the team gives me reason to be happy and content. Until that happens, check in regularly for my profanity laced vitriol.