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  1. 6 points
    I sense it too, folks. This Bengals team is one that wins. There's really not much else to say. However, for anyone who might want a more "objective" view, I think there's a very real argument that the Bengals are the better football team. Are you a strength of schedule person? The Chiefs wins this regular season came against: Browns, Eagles, WFT, [Giants, Packers, Raiders x2, Cowboys, Broncos x2, Chargers, Steelers] --- The teams contained in brackets reflect the second half "surge" the Chiefs enjoyed, winning 8 of 9. --- Absolutely none of those wins is impressive. Even the Packers win was a 6-point squeaker against Jordan Love. --- This means the Chiefs have won one game all year that I think qualifies as a "great win" -- last week's divisional playoff win over the Bills. And they were 13 seconds and maybe a squib kick short of losing that game. The Bengals' wins are comparable in the regular season, with what I'd call two "great wins" overall -- over the Chiefs themselves and in the divisional playoffs over the Titans. Are you a person that prefers to compare position groups? I think all of the following are reasonable takes: Quarterback -- Chiefs ≥ Bengals Running back -- Bengals > Chiefs Offensive line -- Chiefs > Bengals Wide receivers and tight ends -- Bengals > Chiefs Defensive line -- Bengals = Chiefs Linebackers -- Chiefs ≥ Bengals Secondary -- Bengals > Chiefs Special teams -- Chiefs ≥ Bengals I place these inequality symbols with only a mind for objective production and past trends. Do you think Joe Burrow can hang with Patrick Mahomes in a postseason game? Do you think Evan McPherson can hang with Harrison Butker? I do. If you believe in things like that, then the Bengals are at least Kansas City's equal in summation. I don't personally care for this kind of comparison, but it's not entirely invalid. Are you a matchups-oriented person? Kansas City's secondary has faced strong arrays of offensive weaponry I'd count... seven times this season. They were: L 36-35 @ Baltimore (481 yards allowed; 251 rushing) L 30-24 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (352 yards allowed, 275 passing) L 38-20 vs. Buffalo (436 yards allowed, 315 passing) W 19-9 vs. Dallas (276 yards allowed, 194 passing) W 34-28 @ Chargers (428 yards allowed, 236 passing, 192 rushing) L 34-31 @ Cincinnati (475 yards allowed, 415 passing) W 42-36 vs. Buffalo (422 yards allowed, 313 passing) --- Count 'em up, and the Chiefs were 3-4 in those games. They allowed 400+ yards in 5 of those games. Their absolute worst defensive performance came against the absolute best arsenal of weapons (ours, bitches). The Kansas City defense has been hot garbage most of the season. In some of these they got dominated in the defensive backfield, and others they got chewed up on the ground. In only ONE of these games did they hold their opponent under 28 points, and that was against the Cowboys -- not something that means much to me. --- So as bad as the Bengals offensive line has been, there hasn't been nearly enough attention directed at how bad the Kansas City secondary has been. Tyrann Mathieu is a good player, but the rest of that unit offers very little resistance to quality receiving talent. They were horrible in our last matchup, and clearly that wasn't a fluke. They're just bad. --- The Bengals' biggest weakness, clearly the offensive line in pass protection, was exposed badly against the Titans (10th in the league in sacks). The Chiefs (29th in sacks) will be hard-pressed to replicate or even approach the sack production that the Titans managed. They may managed to pressure Joe Burrow a decent amount, but... well he kills it under pressure. Be my guest. --- The Chiefs are a blitz-heavy team. Joe Burrow murders the blitz. The Chiefs are a man-coverage defense predominantly. Joe Burrow murders man coverage. --- The Bengals' secondary has designed itself to deal with star-driven offensive opponents. Chidobe Awuzie was great against Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill the first time. Tre Flowers has been a marked improvement in tight end coverage. Bell played like a fringe Pro Bowler much of the season, and Bates has been one of their best players overall in the postseason. --- We can answer their Creed Humphrey advantage with our DJ Reader advantage. --- Hubbard is an extremely disciplined edge player who is well-suited to deal with Mahomes' escapability. He's the kind of player that you need in this matchup to prevent Mahomes from killing you all game with his legs as he did the Bills. Hubbard really emphasizes a sort of edge mush rush and can engage multiple gaps. This post is big enough. You get the point. I think the Bengals are going to win this game because that's just what they do this year. I don't really give a crap who they're opposed by. But there are solid arguments there for anyone that draws strength from them.
  2. 6 points
    Hard to put it all into thought. My son and I were there, it was his first playoff game. A big smile on his face hearing just how fucking loud that crowd was and we were at 4 games this season. Standing and screaming the ENTIRE game. Game ends and he jumps in my arms screaming for joy !! Everyone around hugging everyone else. No one leaves and just dancing, cheering, high fives all around. The walk back to fountain square parking and the streets are packed. Horns beeping, hanging out of sun roofs, WHODEY chants, insanity. Then we end up at Smoke Justis in Covington, we walk in and stir the crowd and it’s nothing but deafening WHODEY !!! Much like Stripes, voice sounds like I’ve been gargling on glass chips after drinking gasoline all day. FUCKING WHODEY MY BROTHERS !! WHODEY !! BRING ON THE TITANS !!
  3. 5 points
    I wish Billy was here to watch Burrow and the Bengals play in the Super Bowl. He would be going crazy right about now. Just like all of us !!!
  4. 5 points
    We did it And I was there to see it!!
  5. 4 points
    Our school district has a group of Facebook moms all up in arms about giving kids off the day after the Super Bowl like it’s the end of the world. Personally I think the day after the Super Bowl should be a day off for everyone anyway. I already told my son that if they don’t give him the day off, I’ll keep him out of school so no worries !! Fuck those bitches !!
  6. 4 points
    After some time to reflect, here is what is rattling around my head this morning: ---the play of our D-line was outstanding. Lining Shelvin up at nose and flanking him with Reader and Hill and then Hendrickson and Hubbard outside them was a really excellent coaching move and gave them the approach they needed to slow up the Titans run D enough. That's yet another props for Anurumo. ---That Burrow could take that beating and still STILL complete 75% of this throws and have the only pick be the Perine screw up is just incredible to me. I don't know how many other QBs could still perform like that in those circumstances - and have the confidence to anchor and deliver the last pass to Chase to get in McPherson's range. Like none of the rest of the game had happened. He's just different. ---Speaking of different, not only is McPherson leg talented, but a supreme bonus that he comes equipped with the kind of mindset you want from your kicker - and he's just 22. I can't get over Burrow's story about McPherson taking one more warm-up kick on the sideline before going out and saying "looks like we're going to the AFC championship". I mean...damn. ---Back on the defense, the LB play from Pratt and Wilson was as good as we have seen from that group in a big spot on this team in decades. DECADES. Hell, that Johnston play stopping Henry on the 2-point conversion probably was a game saver as it turned out. Add in Bailey on the 4th and 1 stop (w Reader anchoring) and the LB corp was exemplary. ----I know Chido had a rough game in coverage, but...the tackle he made on the last Titans drive to avoid the Henry stiff arm and keep him from the edge on the first play of that drive may also have been game-saving. ---I still hear ZT take a ton of shots and skepticism from national commentators but...damn. How can anyone look at where this team is and seriously question him. It occurs to me that his play calling may look uneven maybe because of (checks notes) the line he is calling plays with? ---Same comment on national types - but---has everyone forgotten that playoff football very much looks like what we saw yesterday? Cold, defense, special teams, turnovers, etc. Brady, Manning, Rodgers, name a great QB and check their playoff histories and you will see plenty of games that were defensive struggles that had to be managed to move on. Burrow played exactly that kind of game yesterday and took care of the ball. ---I can't believe we are here. It is literally at least one year early. Roster re-build not complete until line is addressed. And yet, we are in the AFC championship game. Gonna be strong underdogs, but who the **** cares. With this QB and these receivers and big plays always a possibility you literally never know. add in an under-rated defense and I don't put anything past them anymore.
  7. 4 points
    I am so glad I got to come back to the boards this year, missed you guys and it couldn't have happened during a better season!
  8. 4 points
    I followed COB’s suggestion, got hammered outside a Cleveland convenience store adjacent to a discount laundromat, slept outside on a steam vent, and waited for Jimmy Haslam to leave (he has to make his morning runs to clean the lipstick off of his trousers before sweet Dee finds them in the hamper). I clawed at his leg, wide-eyed and full-teethed, and rasped “Keep Baker Mayfield forever, James, keep Baker Mayfield forever.” Then I bit deeply into his ankle and ejected my venom to ensure he must obey.
  9. 4 points
    The average NFL fan is… not very smart. It really shows on massive high-traffic forums like that one, and I’ve seen it on the biggest Bengals boards. That’s why I never post links to Bengalszone anywhere else. People might actually click them and register. We have a good thing going here.
  10. 4 points
    Guys I fking cried real tears as that fG went in. Too may of us fans give up on this team me included at times within 2 quarters, some after the first defensive series. This is different team and yeah we have all heard this time after time but this is the real deal. I can see a long reign for this team in this league. They just need to do one thing(this is for TJ) GIMME A LINEMAN WHODEY GONNA BEAT THOSE BENGALS NOOOOOOOOOOBODY
  11. 4 points
    Let Burrow loose, let him call audibles, let him throw downfield, let him play special teams, let him pursue his passion for interior design, let him have the office between Katie's and Mike's, let him have a portfolio of head shots taken now that he got his teeth fixed, let him run on broken plays if he agrees to slide conservatively, let him pitch seriously for the Reds, let him have 10% of the profits from that cellphone case and accessories bodega at Vine and Liberty, let him wear a hat inside if he wants, let him run the locker room, let him get appointed to the school board, let him listen to Limp Bizkit a lot, let him throw to the tight end 90% of the time, let him stomp on the terra.
  12. 4 points
    I have been lurking around here for a VERY long time. Thanks for getting things back up and running, it was an empty feeling not being able to check in here every day!
  13. 3 points
    Bates coming into the second half of 2021 said he had been pressing a bit in thinking about his contract. He knew then THAT was his biggest concern and had to find the "Old Jessie" because he wasn't playing well. Is more money going to help him find that dude during the regular season ?? Is being paid all that money going to now have him pressing to prove he deserved his contract ?? Who knows, but I'm not pleased with him in this instance. Have some balls, bet on yourself for the year which makes you the 10th highest paid safety in the league, and then cash in on the open market in 2023 because you know the Bengals aren't bringing you back at that asking price. Stop asking the Bengals to pay you top 3 money when they aren't going to do it. More importantly, and I think the Bengals know this, they SHOULDN'T do it. Yes, there are TV contracts. Yes, the cap will continue to go up. However, it's not going to go up so much to allow a top end contract for a safety when Burrow and Chase are looming in the near future. I had a conversation in the bar the other day and was chatting with a guy bitching about the Bengals and Mike Brown being cheap. I asked him how much he liked Burrow and Chase and he blew their contracts off like it was nothing to worry about. Here's a question... How close are Burrow and Chase going to get to Aaron Rodgers and Devante Adams respectively ?? Rodgers gets 50 million per year and Adams gets 28 million per year. So that's 78 million total for those two, and yes I know they aren't on the same team. This when teams are capped at 208 million for everyone or nearly 38% of the total cap allowed. Pay Bates that 18 million per year and now 3 players take up nearly half of the teams cap space. Thinking longer term, and knowing how the Bengals planned for this, I say goodbye to Bates and work a trade for 2023 picks. I will wish him the best of luck and thank him for his time here. Now get the fuck out, I have other things to attend to.
  14. 3 points
    Giants took fuggin Cordale Flott. Will be glad to never see that name again.
  15. 3 points
    My facebook notifications tell me today marks the 64th birthday of one William David Broome. Happy birthday, Billy, wherever you are. Rest in peace. And boobies.
  16. 3 points
    La’el Collins is over here trying to pick up some extra cash, but I’m not paying $350 just to get my gutters cleaned out. We can’t come to terms.
  17. 3 points
    Hey all - Hurst is really good. Better downfield threat than CJ. Only three drops in his career. Contract just one year at 3.5 million.
  18. 3 points
    We're all Gasmask McBongface deep down if you really think about it.
  19. 3 points
    Mahomes quits football for good. Spirals into depression. But a great life-affirming feel good story develops when he accepts a pretty sweet part-time gig in Licking County, Ohio, that mainly involves cleaning out the gutters for a 59 year old man who is really quite underrated by the local female population and who just doesn’t feel too good up on a ladder anymore, thus the need for help with the gutters.
  20. 3 points
    defensively, cut Waynes and use that money on Bates. Upgrade From Apple. Re-sign Ogun if you can but realistically Bates + CB upgrade might be all you can afford on that side of the ball. on offense, oline. Duh. We knew this. FAs and draft picks. teams, new punter time. coaching, please find an OC. Play calling must improve.
  21. 3 points
    Had to take some time to process that one. However, despite the loss, this was a fun year and this team is built to get back again. 2021 was not a fluke and we all know it. I could complain about a myriad of things but that’s not going to help or solve anything. Take a break, reset and get after improving what we know is the biggest weakness of this roster. Thank you Zac Taylor, thanks to the coaching staff and thanks to the players for a truly enjoyable season. Yes Mem, proud of these guys !! 2022 is our year !!
  22. 3 points
    Just look at the thread title. look at it its real who fucking Dey!
  23. 3 points
    I plowed out my neighbor’s driveway today. He’s a bengals fan. He came out and we talked about this surreal season. Final consensus - this is a team of destiny, we will win LVI.
  24. 3 points
    Why is no one talking about this? It's Paul's signature inside the new jersey collar that is the reason for our appearance in the Super Bowl. They placed his signature in the collar and conducted a transmigration spell, which actually placed the spirt of Paul Brown into every one of the jerseys worn by the players. When worn during game day, the players are actually being motivated BY PAUL BROWN. (The 7 losses were due to missing Tibetan pubic hair for the spell) Don't believe me ?? Well let this little nugget of information blow your mind... If you take all of Paul Brown's playoff games he appeared in + all of his playoff wins + all of his playoff losses + the Bengals wins from this regular season - the last two digits of this year and what do you get ?? 56 That's right, I said it... 56. What Super Bowl is this ?? 56... Coincidence ?? I think not. What does it all mean ?? FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP !!!
  25. 3 points
    Has this been linked? Click through to YouTube - first 20 minutes of it are the mic'd up stuff from the AFC Championship. It's...godddamn, it's perfect:
  26. 3 points
    You see what happens when you're really good? Your sense of rivalry moves up a level. At the moment I couldn't give a single shit about the Ravens, Steelers, or their fans. They're puny and old news. New animosity is growing with Titans and Chiefs fans, because the level of competition is higher now. The AFC North division is small time when you have your sights set on Super Bowl contention.
  27. 3 points
    Also, the Sizzler has a national sort of APB on Andy Reid. If he pulls into your Sizzler parking lot, you as a franchisee are allowed to lock the doors.
  28. 3 points
    We’re going to win this game. The defense will be the difference. 2 INTs.
  29. 3 points
    Swept the Steelers Swept the Ravens Swept the Raiders The Chiefs are clearly better than those teams. So we’ll have to complete the sweep by 3 points instead of 24.
  30. 3 points
    They can suck Evan McPherson's colossal sack.
  31. 3 points
    Think we would be here if we took Penei Sewell? Think we would be here without Money Mac? All the folks at ESPN can suck my big toe.
  32. 3 points
    If he wins a Super Bowl, the name of the next stadium will be Big Dick Joe Field. And there will be a giant phallus statue with his head on top of it outside.
  33. 3 points
    Man, Andy Dalton got old while I wasn't looking.
  34. 3 points
  35. 3 points
    I'm about to get pretty cheesy with y'all, but you understand why. Those of us attending the game all have a unique responsibility Saturday at PBS. Given that we regularly post on Internet forum(s) dedicated to Bengals football, it's safe to assume that we're as dedicated to our fanhood as anyone. Not everyone has quite the same passion, obsession, or desire that we have. To the best of our ability, we need to command our sections and keep the more casual fans engaged. That might sound snooty, but these are the playoffs. We have to do what we have to do. Break through those barriers of social awkwardness, and be a leader of people in your immediate seating vicinity. Get them standing and making noise on defense, especially third downs. Congratulate them for their contribution when the Raiders false start. Make sure it's clear that every snap is critical, and that our continued engagement even and especially during periods of adversity makes a real difference that can help the team win and this playoff win drought end. Maybe this is less necessary in the lower sections where the most engaged fans tend to congregate. But it applies as much to the canopy level and everywhere else. That overpowering drone of noise needs to deafen the Raiders and make them know without question that they will find no quarter in Cincinnati.
  36. 3 points
    Chase vs. the Chiefs. Down 14-0 Ja'Marr cuts off his route and sits in a hole, Burrow reads his mind and puts the ball on him the second he breaks off his route. Ja'Marr puts on a move that makes the Chief defender give up football and join a Monestary and then out races the entire Chiefs defense. Turning a nice 12 yard completion into a 72 yard TD. Mind blowing. Nuts.
  37. 3 points
    Preliminary disclaimer: none of this has any bearing on Saturday's game against the Raiders. I am aware. Nonetheless, it's a bit of a bugaboo that sticks in my brain and something I would love to exorcise beyond just "no playoff win since Jan 1991". 2009 Bengals AFC North champs at 10-6 7th against the run at 98.3 yards per game T7th in yards per carry allowed (3.9) Wild card game vs. Jets: Shonn Greene and Thomas Jones combined for 36 carries for 169 yards (4.7 ypc) 2011 Bengals AFC wild card at 9-7 10th against the run at 104.7 yards per game T8th in yards per carry allowed (3.9) Wild card at Texans: Arian Foster and Ben Tate combined for 33 carries for 190 yards (5.8 ypc) 2012 Bengals AFC wild card at 10-6 12th against the run at 107.2 yards per game T12 in yards per carry allowed (4.1) Wild card at Texans: Arian Foster had 32 carries for 140 yards (4.4 ypc) 2013 Bengals AFC North champs at 11-5 5th against the run at 96.5 yards per game T16th in yards per carry allowed (4.0) Wild card vs. Chargers: Ronnie Brown, Danny Woodhead, and Ryan Matthews combine for 36 carries for 183 yards (5.1 ypc) 2014 Bengals AFC wild card at 10-5-1 20th against the run at 116.3 yards per game T18th in yards per carry allowed (4.2) Wild card at Colts: Daniel Herron and Zurlon Tipton combined for 23 carries for 96 yards (4.2 ypc) 2015 Bengals AFC North champs at 12-4 7th against the run at 92.3 yards per game T23rd in yards per carry allowed (4.3) Wild card vs. Steelers: Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint combined for 28 carries for 123 yards (4.4 ypc) For each wild card game, I only featured yards rushing from actual running backs. I didn't include quarterbacks or wide receivers on reverses etc, because I don't think that's a standard notion of "run defense". However, if they're included, the Colts and Steelers games get worse. For the Bengals of Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer/Paul Guenther, this problem was epidemic. It was, as far as I am concerned, the most confusing and disappointing trend of the 2010s playoff period. Even when the Bengals were a good run-stopping team, they completely shat the bed in the playoff game over and over against the run. This absolutely cannot be allowed to happen in Saturday's game, especially with the temperature and weather situated to facilitate a run-heavy game. The Raiders are probably going to lean heavily on Josh Jacobs, and we cannot afford a performance resembling anything above in this post. 2021 Bengals AFC North champs at 10-7 5th against the run at 102.5 yards per game T15th in yards per carry allowed (4.3)
  38. 3 points
    Flights booked, though it’s a 5,000 mile magical mystery tour via London and Miami. Just need to pass a pre- departure COVID test now. Pray for me
  39. 3 points
    Beginning of this season: The AFC North has 3 very good quarterbacks and a 4th, Burrow, who is developing into one. End of season: Ben’s a straight up bum, Lamar is inconsistent and injury prone, Mayfield has completely lost it and is the reason a good roster can’t win, and finally, Joe Burrow got his teeth fixed and has turned into fucking Godzilla.
  40. 3 points
    Guys. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier as a bengals fan. i love you all. Seriously.
  41. 3 points
    I’m in the glass half full camp as well. They’re a year ahead of where we thought they’d be. It’s hard to believe the pre season prognosticators had us last in the North. And the amount of “The North will continue to go through Pittsburgh” takes were nauseating, and completely without evidence or reason. The Browns? They’re a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in an anonymous sex act in a strip mall Olive Garden parking lot.
  42. 3 points
    Hey Wink Martindale, how did that defensive game plan go for you today? Oh yeah, that’s right. EAT A DICK
  43. 3 points
    Lol now I can’t unsee it either.
  44. 3 points
    If this place ever goes away, forums will cease to exist for me. There is only one Bengalszone and I appreciate all of you here.
  45. 3 points
    I met Kenny Anderson just now! He came into Holy Grail which where geep and I had decided on for lunch. I got a chance to go over and thank him for the good memories growing up cheering for him and that I had flown back to cheer for him one more time. Even got to shake his hand. It was very cool and weirdly meant a lot to me. Life is strange and turning 50 has made me nostalgic.
  46. 3 points
    I've made the dire mistake of trying to participate in the large Bengals board "Jungle Noise". Yikes. There's definitely a reason I've stuck with Bengalszone all this time.
  47. 3 points
    Hey no matter what happens here on out, nobody on the 53 got hurt, pleased as punch.... nothing else matters at this point.
  48. 3 points
    I mentioned in the other thread - but will confirm here - I will be there in person. If anything of interest happens from being able to see the whole field as plays develop or anything from warm-ups jumps out at me - I will pass it along.
  49. 2 points
    Get a grip, TJ. He wasn't gonna throw anyone under the bus two days after the Super Bowl. But if you think they are just gonna ride with the same o-line, well, you are wrong.
  50. 2 points
    I wish it was his time that 2nd half against San Diego