As I was listening to Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post discuss the upcoming NFL season, I was struck by how favorable he seemed to be about the Bengals this season. Although, it was really his opinion on the team - he was saying how excited Carson Palmer was for the upcoming season. But it seemed like Lombardi had bought.
Why do I bring this up? Because it's literally the only thing I've heard about the Bengals this offseason. And it sounds like people are starting to think they could be a sleeper team in the AFC. Me, I'm not buying. Why? Well, let me tell you.
First of all, there's a little something called, "having to play Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice each."
Then there's the affliction I've labelled, "Cedric Benson is your starting running back."
Finally, there's the twin millstones of, "Your two receivers are a certified nutjob and a convicted criminal."
Call me crazy, but I just don't see the stars aligning for the Bengals this year. Sure they'll be better - almost anything would be an improvement over last year - but I don't think they'll be challenging for a Wildcard sport. I don't think 8-8 is out of the realm of possibility though.
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