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I live out of town but came home and went to the game yesterday, for the second Christmas weekend in two years. I've had the opportunity to go to a decent number of games around the NFL (often NY games) and I can say without a doubt that the Bengals home crowd is the worst I've seen. Totally lethargic. Too interested in their beer and 20 dollar french fries. While the upper decks seemed to be a bit more into it, the whole club level and field level were totally complacent.

A D gets its fire from it's rowdy fans. Granted, we do lack some personnel, but the fans act like they're watching the game from their living rooms.

I'm actually glad we don't have the bye. We play better away.

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I did sense a lack of spirit as compared to the Indy and GB games (the others that I attended this year), but I think there were a lot more reasons for the loss than crowd noise. We were loud in section 232 as usual, so maybe it was quieter lower down. I'm sure the playoff crowd will be a little more enthusiastic.

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I did sense a lack of spirit as compared to the Indy and GB games (the others that I attended this year), but I think there were a lot more reasons for the loss than crowd noise. We were loud in section 232 as usual, so maybe it was quieter lower down. I'm sure the playoff crowd will be a little more enthusiastic.

My seats are in section 134, lower level. I thought we were pretty loud, celebrated when the occasion came. However, a lot of us are questioning why a quality team like the Bengals can't be a little more enthusiastic about playing in front of their crowd? Look at the Houston game, the Cleveland game, the Packer's game, and you see a team barely winning against a team that should be blown out, especially at home. Then, knowing how important this game was, they came out playing like a 4-11 club, not a 11-4. Why can't our team be a little more aggressive in front of the home crowd? I sure as heck pay a good price to see them play 10 times a year, not to mention the franchise fee. Oh, and I travel 105 miles each way to see them play. Sure is a long drive back home after a disappointing loss like yesterday's.

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The fans are more likely to be quiet during a game they expect to win easily. Even later in the game when it is close, they just know that the Bengals will pull it out in the end. That was my mentality the entire game. I was wrong.

I was still standing up and shouting though, that's all part of the joy of the experience.

The defense will be good someday, and I think it'll be the middle of the 2006 season when it starts to establish itself as a dominant power.

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To the three fans who posted telling me what section they were in-

All of you said you did exactly what is the problem: cheering when the occasion called for it. Have you ever been to another NFL game? The crowd cheers for every down their Defense is on the field.

Perhaps those of you who are saying it was loud are simply referring to how loud it was relative to other Bengals games. But compared to other teams, it was downright shamefully pathetic.

I was right next to section 236. People were standing and cheering MAYBE 10% of the time.

Defenses feed off of their crowds. Let's face it, our guys get more motivation playing in the other guys' houses because they at least have something to focus against, instead of total lack of focus, which is how I'd typify the average bengal fan.

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agreed about fans lack of support @ times ....they've just forgotten how to cheer because of past 14 years

It's like riding a bike. A little post season success will have everyone right back in the swing of it.

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The Bengals have no homefield advantage, and that is because for some reason we think the Bengals are better than they actually are. We just assume that they will kill teams like the Browns and Bills. I watched the game from my home in Michigan, and the crowd was not hyped at all. I notice myself that I don't get excited from these games. I take them for granted. Fans of the Packers, Patriots, and Chiefs give the teams true homefield advantages because they are excited to just watch the team. We'll see this Sunday, because that place is a nuthouse.

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The Bengals have the worst defense in the AFC playoffs. Marvin has built this D from back to front. The DB's are good, the LB's are good, and next up will be that horrible defensive line. I am happy that the Bengals are going to the playoffs, but you can tell they are a young team. They are a team that plays best as an underdog which will help them if they can get out of the 1st round. I'll tell you this. If we play Pittsburgh they are going to run the ball 200 times and they will be out for blood. TJ shining his shoes with the terrible towel will stick in their heads.

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Go to the game then. I don't want to here you bitch unless you are trying to help the situation. I was there trying to get people pumped up not at home crying about it. The team played like s**t by the way, Marvin will have them back in line bye Sunday. I blame you for not being at the game. You could blame the special teams for causing us two TDs that would be more logical don't you think?

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OK Gro. You are the biggest baddest Bengal fan of all time. You could tell by watching the Cleveland and Buffalo games that the stadium was not hyped up. Maybe you were there screaming your brains out, but the 62,000 other guys were not "GroSuperFans". I'm saying the hype the crowd brought to that Monday night game last year, and that KC game was at a lot higher tempo than the last 2 home games. I thought the Bengals sleptwalked through the last 3 games. I was at the Detroit game, and they shouldn't have even given up 17 to the Lions. The Lions are horrible.

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Ive had season tickets for the past 6 years and the posters are right bout it not being all hyped up during some games. I also think people need to learn when to cheer. I know i hear the defense chant during the timeouts then by the time the team gets to the line the chant is dying out because it started to early. I also think going back to the KC game a couple years ago the loudest thing that seemed to be happening was banging on your seat. I remember my whole section was leaned over hitting the seat as hard as they could, so you could still see the game. Also the fans are still so negative at the games. I dont know how many times the guy that also has season tickets behind me kept yellin you suck. Everytime he yelled people would just look at him like an idiot, like why are you here. I wish people that enjoyed the games would go instead of this loser. Everygame he complains and I know I dont go to the game to hear people complain the whole time on a team thats in the playoffs. I just think the crowd needs to learn when to cheer which will come in time and weed out the some of the bengal fans that even though they are in the playoffs, think they are the same "BUNGLES".

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Don't use the word "us" when referring to the Bengals. We are two completely different fans. I promise. Stop whining and jump off the bandwagon I'm getting sick of all the wagon jumpers anyway. Go find another team. Blame a lose on the fans you are pathetic.

He didn't jump off the bandwagon and he wasn't the one blaming the loss on the fans. Calm down man.

It is ridiculous to blame a loss on the fans though. I have been to other games, and in games where they are supposed to win by 10 points fans do not cheer every down. You can do what ever you want if you pay 70 dollars for a ticket. It is professional football, stop blaming the fans. The Bengals are not going to the Super Bowl, is that because we don't have good fans?

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When I am @ PBS, I go home without a voice. It's been this way even since the Riverfront days. What good is a 12th man if he only shows up when he feels like it? They shoulda never padded those Club seats. I have been blessed to sit pretty close to the field.......but, when I have had club seats, box or upper deck.....it just isn't the same feeling (or fans for that matter) as sitting in the lower bowl.

I have a suggestion: Do you think the announcement team could coax all of these new bandwagon fans into cheering and chanting with say some jumbotron action? Of course, moreso than they do now? We need more Orange Stormtroopers to get the job done. Who-Dey is great.....but, how bout getting the opponents mascot here so Who-Dey can pound them on the sidelines........that would for sure get the crowd going?

The Squealers cheerleaders get the job done..................why can't ours? Oh...........the women up in S*hittsburgh are scary looking..............thaaaaaaaaaat's why they don't have cheerleaders. Sorry! :blush:

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