Good news, bad news. Good news is we actually wrote something at WDR! Bad news is that it's for another site...it's cool, though, follow the link to go to Texanschick, a blog run by the excellent Steph Stradley about Houston footbaw. It's a Q&A type post where I elaborate a little on my take of the broader narrative of this season.
Blackouts, I remind everyone, are a good thing. Doc's cooking something up that should help those of you looking to watch the games locally find some relief. Check out this blog post and look for a follow up column. Spoiler alert: Slingbox is pretty sweet.
Last, please read both this Joe Reedy article on stadium attendance and Cincy Jungle's poll results on why Bengals attendance has COLLAPSED in 2011. I'll weigh in with my own take later but the drop in attendance is truly staggering when compared to underlying trends across the rest of the NFL. Something unique is brewing here.
Assuming Bengals take care of Rams & Cardinals, they need to take 1 of 2 from Texans and Ravens to get to that magical 10 win number for a wild card berth. It's not a must-win per se, but a headless Texans team on the surface might be more realistic to beat than the Ravens. Personally, I'm not particularly sanguine because I don't see a lot of points coming on offense and our defense is wearing thin.
Fortunately both are home games.