The Cincinnati Bengals have upped their offense by taking Tight End Tyler Eifert, out of Notre Dame, 21st in the 2013 Draft.
QB Andy Dalton now has AJ Green, Jermaine Gresham, and Eifert to choose from when he snaps that ball. That’s not a bad trio to have catching your passes. 

The Cincinnati Bengals have upped their offense by taking Tight End Tyler Eifert, out of Notre Dame, 21st in the 2013 Draft.

QB Andy Dalton now has AJ Green, Jermaine Gresham, and Eifert to choose from when he snaps that ball. That’s not a bad trio to have catching your passes. 

Bengals at Texans: Momentum and other things

by @steven_lebron

The regular season in football is a tricky exercise in momentum. Here stand the Houston Texans. They’re 12-4. They’re division winners. And yet, they feel like the biggest losers coming into the tournament.

On the other side, the Bengals have temporarily (the permanency comes if they can keep outperforming our expectations next season) displaced the order of things in the AFC North. Their Week 16 matchup at Pittsburgh was a pseudo play-in game. If the Bengals won, they were in. Many would have expected the more experienced Steelers to make another late season run, and become the team that no one wanted to play in the post-season.

Instead, the Bengals inched past their division rival by a field goal, and became the team no one really thought would actually end up in the post-season.

And here they are, two consecutive playoff appearances for this franchise, which is no small feat. Miss you, Carson Palmer. Or maybe not.

Andy Dalton is not exciting, but he does enough. The defense is not glamorous, but they do have one of the strongest past rushes in the league. A.J. Green, maybe already the best wideout in football. This is a rematch of last year’s wild card match-up, the Bengals remain a house money team in the playoffs, they are a work in progress for which playoff experience will only help for their core group.

As for the Texans. They’re learning how tough expectations can be in the NFL. A year ago, they finally made the playoffs for the first time since the franchise returned to Houston. They were so banged up that T.J. Yates was their starting quarterback. They were also house money. It was a season worth celebrating.

This season, they seemed to have made the leap. But a late season swoon and unimpressive showings against Green Bay and New England during the regular season have left much to be desired from this team.

I suppose much of what you expect from this game depends on just how much you believe in momentum, and all those other fancy narratives.

I still think the Texans are the better team, and they rebound on Sunday.

24-17 Texans.

What does everybody else think?

Tonight in the third quarter, of the Raven’s first home Monday Night Football game since 2007, Ed Reed intercepted Andy Dalton. He returned the INT for 34 yards and a touchdown. This nets is total career interception yards at 1,487. Good enough to pass Rod Woodson and set a new NFL record.

Tonight in the third quarter, of the Raven’s first home Monday Night Football game since 2007, Ed Reed intercepted Andy Dalton. He returned the INT for 34 yards and a touchdown. This nets is total career interception yards at 1,487. Good enough to pass Rod Woodson and set a new NFL record.

Behind The Inside Of The Numbers: Cincinnati at Houston

Today, Cincinnati visits Houston in the Texans’ first playoff game ever, which means David Carr can finally cut his hair. Houston is a four-point favorite, meaning that that the Gamblo-American community (TM Scribbly Tate) thinks the teams are virtually even on a neutral field. How do we separate such close teams? Let’s look Behind The Inside Of The Numbers!

Quarterback Names

If your name is “T. J. Yates,” you have no choice to become an NFL quarterback, a NASCAR driver, or a bootlegger. “Andy Dalton” sounds like an investment banker or someone’s high school boyfriend. Cincinnati would be better off if he was “Andrew Dalton” or even “Drew Dalton,” but T. J. Yates is really tough to beat.

ADVANTAGE: Houston

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The Bengals have been one of the pleasant surprises of the season, sitting at 4-2 thanks to an improved defense and the rookie combo of quarterback Andy Dalton and wideout A.J. Green, who already has four touchdowns through six games.
And if you believe in intangibles like team chemistry and camaraderie amongst teammates, watch this Bengals feature from NFL Sound FX. 
These guys are just having fun out there, and might just be the pillars of a contending team for years to come.
Thanks to Albert for tipping the video.
- steven lebron
 

The Bengals have been one of the pleasant surprises of the season, sitting at 4-2 thanks to an improved defense and the rookie combo of quarterback Andy Dalton and wideout A.J. Green, who already has four touchdowns through six games.

And if you believe in intangibles like team chemistry and camaraderie amongst teammates, watch this Bengals feature from NFL Sound FX.

These guys are just having fun out there, and might just be the pillars of a contending team for years to come.

Thanks to Albert for tipping the video.

- steven lebron

 
Not even lockouts stop hazing. Here’s the newest Bengal, Andy Dalton, carrying the team’s pads.

Not even lockouts stop hazing. Here’s the newest Bengal, Andy Dalton, carrying the team’s pads.

As the lockout drags on, an important question remains: Will America first see Andy Dalton in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform, or in his cameo as “Andy Weasley”, Ron’s Quidditch-playing American cousin, in the final Harry Potter movie?

As the lockout drags on, an important question remains: Will America first see Andy Dalton in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform, or in his cameo as “Andy Weasley”, Ron’s Quidditch-playing American cousin, in the final Harry Potter movie?

Although the Bengals just started their players-only preseason practices, Andy Dalton’s sunburn is already in midseason form.

Although the Bengals just started their players-only preseason practices, Andy Dalton’s sunburn is already in midseason form.