13 Oct 2005
It used to be the case that making fun of the Bengals went hand-in-hand with the start of the NFL season. Not any more. And part of the reason is that Marvin Lewis and his coaching staff have done a solid job of turning recent draft picks into starters. In the past two years, only the Titans (11) and Colts (11) have used more draft picks on defensive players than the Bengals (10), but neither team starts as many of those players as Cincinnati (4). So far this season, the Bengals are still struggling to stop the run, but if they're able to improve in that area, they'll be a safe bet to make the playoffs.
3 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 3:58pm by Walt
Denver's defense carried the team all season, and carried Peyton Manning right to a second Super Bowl ring in his worst season. Carolina's offense joins long list of postseason duds from the 500-point club.