A loss is a loss, and this one definitely sucks since it was a divisional game. Most of us expected the Bengals to at least split with the Browns this season since they are a team on the rise. The Browns will definitely surprise a few teams this season. But at least there are a couple of good things to take away from this game.
1) Palmer. #9 looked like I expected to see him rebound at some point this season. It was great to see it sooner than later. His passes were on target, had great velocity, and his presense looked the closest thing to 2005 we have seen in sometime. Palmer took advantage of what the Browns gave him and stayed strong in the pocket making some key throws even with guys at his feet. Leading up to this week, you would have thought Palmer needed to be sitting in an old folks home with an adult diaper full of his own steamy crap of mixed veggies.
I love how the media went from Palmer is top five QB to he is done in just a one week span. This is just another example of how the media overhypes its subject matter, whether it is politics or sports, and is too lazy to do their job: investigate and report. Where were they between 2006 and 2008 while #9 was getting raped on the field? They could have at least put pressure on Mike Brown to adequately field an OL that could protect their $100 million dollar investment. Unfortunately, they were to busy cherry picking stats that made it look like he was still on top of his game.
I think Boomer made the most observant comment this past week out out of all the talking heads (from his interview with Hob, the grand pooh-bah of cherry picking stats – third on the list of course to Shawn Hannity and Keith Olberman).