Monday, September 21, 2009


It's been a long while since there has been anything in the MMQB column to make me smile.
The author lived in Cincinnati for awhile which leads me to believe that he despises the Bengals as he rarely has anything good to say about them.

Until today (though I must admit - for having both an offensive player of the week and a defensive player of the week, I really expected to read more than one more thing about them in the column, but see note above). . .

OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (4 players total identified)
Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati
The one thing the Packers were convinced they could do after an off season adjusting to the 3-4 and a preseason in which they played it well and an opener in which they snuffed out the Bears is stop the run. And so here came a totally unimpressive running game, Cincinnati's, into Lambeau. Benson rushing 29 times for 141 yards (a 4.8-yard average) was the biggest reason the Bengals pulled the upset of the day.

DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (4 players total identified)
Antwan Odom, DE, Cincinnati
Before this season, Odom had played 60 NFL games and totaled 15.5 sacks. Guess who's the 2009 sack leader? Odom, the former bit-part Titan, who had five sacks, two additional tackles for loss, and five tackles in the Bengals' stunning upset at Green Bay. That gives Odom seven for the season, and it gives the Bengals a pass-rushing end they've been lacking for years, even when
Justin Smith was a moderately successful rush end before leaving in free agency for the Niners last year.

Ten Things I Think I Think
7. I think this is what I liked about Week 2:
j. Loved how the Cincinnati offensive line made a shell around
Carson Palmer.


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