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Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns

Let’s face it, it has been awhile since we could say nice things about the Bengals and their winning ways. Sure, it wasn’t that long ago that Cincinnati went to the playoffs (2005) but it feels like a long time.

This year, the new Cardiac Cats are putting away the demons in the closet and having one of their finest starts in franchise history.

This surge has been led with the strong play from Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Ochocinco, the defense and Andre Caldwell’s timely touchdowns.

Who Dey No.1 Receivers

While there was talk that the Bengals defense was getting better this summer, I just didn’t believe they would be strong this season.

So far, the Bengals defense is having a fine season and for my money corner back Jonathan Joseph has all but wrote his ticket to the Pro Bowl this season.


Joseph has been leading the charge in shutting down top receivers all season long. Receivers Greg Jennings, Braylon Edwards and Derrick Mason have been held down without a catch against the Bengals.

Joseph has also held down Santonio Holmes to one catch and in that game had an interception for a touchdown that ignited the Bengals comeback win over the Steelers.

Fellow corner Leon Hall has also tag teamed with Joseph to give this team strong coverage in the secondary.

These young men are playing out of their minds, and I will be interested to see if they can continue this strong play throughout the season.

Comeback Carson

Last season was a horrible one for Palmer. The Bengals leader was out most of the year and almost had to have Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm.

I was a little concerned that he didn’t get the surgery last year because if he had a setback this year he would miss another season.

Fortunately, it looks like the arm is doing just fine, and he is playing some very solid football.

While his fantasy football numbers haven’t been awesome he has been winning games for his team. I would expect this talented quarterback to get in a groove at some point and start putting up better stats.

Cedric Benson is a Beast

It’s time to start Benson every week in your fantasy football league. This running back is getting it done against great defenses and has provided steady fantasy production all year.

Cincinnati Bengals v Green Bay Packers

Right now, Benson is the leading rusher in the NFL, and he should continue to stay in the top five for most of the season.

Look for Benson to make a run at 1,500 yards and over 10 touchdowns this season.

Bound for the Playoffs

If the Bengals are going to make it to the playoffs, they will need their defense to stay solid. Eventually, I expect opponents to start studying this team more on film and find some weaknesses in what they are doing.

This summer I wrote at the end of my article on the Bengals regular season schedule that hopefully the team would turn it around. My main reason for this was because I didn’t want to see Palmer’s career wasted on a bad team.

So far, they have turned it around, and I will be routing for these Cardiac Cats to continue their run.

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