Bengals want to take advantage of “chance of a lifetime”

Reuters

There are a lot of great stories heading into this final Sunday of football of the regular season.

One of the very best stories — the 2011 Bengals — has been a little lost in the shuffle.

A lot of power rankings had the Bengals dead last at No. 32 before the year. In Vegas, the over/under of their win total was 5.5.

The talk in the preseason was about who wasn’t there: Carson Palmer, Johnathan Joseph, and Chad Ochocinco. Rookie Andy Dalton was expected to be the most overmatched starting quarterback in the league.

16 weeks later, the Bengals just need one more win (against the Ravens) to make the playoffs.

“Let it all hang out. I can’t say we’re treating it like any other week. This is the chance of a lifetime,” safety Chris Crocker told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “What better reason to play the last week of season? Let it all hang loose. It’s going to be a packed house. They’re going for a first-round bye. They’re going to give us their best.”

Dalton has been a revelation, wise beyond his years. A.J. Green can be one of the best five receivers in football sooner than later. Still, the reason for the Bengals’ success is one we re-learn every year. When you are looking for a surprise team, look to the line play.

Cincinnati’s veteran offensive line has a great mix of continuity and talent. Their defensive line is young, aggressive, and very deep.

If they can just win one more game, this Bengals story will get a whole lot better.

75 responses to “Bengals want to take advantage of “chance of a lifetime”

  1. Flacco just needs to keep it together this week and we’ll be set for the SB thanks to homefield advantage.

    I’m sure I speak for all other Ravens fans when I say “just give the ball to Ray Rice”. If he gets 25+ touches we’ll win the game, if it’s on Flacco – anything could happen, most likely bad things.

  2. I been a Bengals fan since I was a little kid. I seen more downs than ups. But I never been more proud of a team. Than this one. Win or loose Sunday I will still love my Bengals.

  3. Great Turnaround for the Bengals, This Browns fan will be Rooting for them To make it to the playoffs and advance farther than both Pittspuke and the Ratbirds.

  4. im a ravens fan and im admitting to being worried an enormous amount about this game. we are playing bad on the road, bengals are motivated, and injuries are a major concern. gonna be tough but we have finished the regular season strong in past years on harbs so hopefully this is another…

  5. I honestly gotta say I’m happy for the Bengals, I know how difficult it can be to be in a seemingly “rebuilding year” I also know how great it feels to have a breakout year in that rebuilding faze when you have all but counted them out. Still wish you guys would have taken the trade for AJ in the draft but glad to see him somewhere he is doing well.

    Sincerly – A Falcon Fan

  6. AJ green is the best young reciever in the NFL.

    next year instead of saying theres 3 recievers that stand out above all the other great recievers, we will be saying theres 4 – calvin johnson, larry fitzgerald, andre johnson, and AJ green.

    i just hope andre comes back 100%

  7. These guys are overdue for some good times. No matter who your team is, you gotta feel a little warmth for the long-term underdog that finally turns it around. Great story – to be continued.

  8. Beat the Ratbirds! Seeing that they’re going to the playoffs regardless, they should just let us win lol. Kidding ofcourse, that won’t happen. But I like our chances.

    We have their number throughout the years. And our fans are actually showing up for this one. I know steeler fans got our back.

    WHO DEY!!!!!

  9. I’m a Ravens fan but also a football fan.
    I will be rooting for the Ravens but I would also like to see the Bengals get into the playoffs.
    If the Ravens can’t step up then I think the Bengals would be the most exciting team to watch make a run for itin the AFC with a good defense and a young offense

  10. Called the Bengals’ ticket line today to check on getting my season tickets back (I like many, did not renew last year). The Bengals started taking new season ticket orders today. The guy I spoke to said that they sold thousands of new season tickets just today. The people are speaking….

  11. As a Ravens fan, I have a lot of respect for this team. I knew the AFC North was getting an easy schedule this year which is precisely why before the season I figured the Ravens and Steelers would go at worst 12-4 and the Bengals and Browns would both be around .500 (so much for the Browns prediction). I also felt Dalton and Newton would be the best QBs outta this class and we all know Green is already a beast. A lot of very good, young talent players on defense too, especially that front four with Peko, Atkins, Dunlap, and Johnson. It is not going to be an easy game for either team and I’m probably not going to be surprised by the outcome either way.

    All that said, am I the only one who finds it amusing that Crocker called this the chance of a lifetime, maybe because he knows old Marvin is 0-2 in the playoffs for his career in Cincy and its been since what, the early 80’s when the Bengals last won a playoff game. Yup, the chance of a lifetime because you never know when Mike Brown is gonna field a team that can be consistent. I feel for Bengals fans and that sorry owner they have to put up with…

  12. In the nine years that Marvin Lewis has been head coach – only 3 losing seasons and two AFC North Championships. In that same period, the Browns have had 8 losing seasons, no division titles, and no playoffs. But the Bengal fans are call long suffering. What about Clown fans?

  13. Meh. There is a reason why they are being overlooked. It’s because they suck.
    Oh well, at least they have that flip into the end zone by that one Bengal guy.

  14. Just think what Cleveland could have done if they’d moved up and taken A J Green. It only takes a few players and Colt could of had them in the playoffs.

  15. “Meh. There is a reason why they are being overlooked. It’s because they suck.
    Oh well, at least they have that flip into the end zone by that one Bengal guy.”
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    One of the great things about the internet is the anonymity right packmanfan? While your handle indicates you like the Packers I’ve yet to meet, or read, a packer fan that was such a tool – I must assume then you are most likely a Stealer fan and like most of them are fond of the fudgepacks.

  16. Man I love all the Cincy haters, they have no reason to hate but they all think they have something funny to say. Marvin Lewis is a hell of a coach, the players are all playing lights out, Clements, Atkins, Peko, and Crocker are having a great season on defense, and you couldn’t ask more from a young offense. Thanks for always having something to say though, it gives us something to rub everyone’s faces when they prove you wrong. 31-20 bengals win this week.

  17. They need to beat a good team this year. When you look at their wins, they don’t have a single victory against any playoff teams.

    Wins: Browns (twice), Bills, Jags, Colts, Seahawks, Titans*, Rams, Cardinals

    *makes playoffs if they win, the Bengals lose, and some other stuff happens.

    This team is just like the Cincinnati Reds in 09. If they want to be better than that, they need to win at home against Baltimore this Sunday.

  18. I don’t know about “chance of a lifetime,” but “chance of a decade” would surely be accurate.

  19. britishraven says: Dec 30, 2011 6:04 PM

    Flacco just needs to keep it together this week and we’ll be set for the SB thanks to homefield advantage.
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    Till you got to go on the road! Ravens will not NOT beat the Steelers a 3rd time (playoffs are a new season) at Heinz Field or at your cheap ass Bank stadium! I think the Ravens go down to a decent Bungles team!

  20. “Just think what Cleveland could have done if they’d moved up and taken A J Green. It only takes a few players and Colt could of had them in the playoffs.”

    Lol what are you smoking? It would take a lot more than Green to get the Browns to the playoffs.

  21. thanks for the props ppl but you all were damning us at the begining of the season. i knew dalton was going to do good for us concidering he beat big schools in collage when he was at a small school. im excited for sunday to come so i can watch the bengals do what they do. and raisen fans welcome to the jungle cause we are going to dominate this game

  22. If they can just win one more game, this Bengals story will get a whole lot better.
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    If they can just get a real owner, this Bengals story will get a whole lot better.

  23. It’s one thing to be a hater but some of these haters need to get their facts straight. People can talk trash about Cincy all they want but if your going to try and use facts make sure their right otherwise you sound like a politician at election time. WHO DEY!!!

  24. Ravens fans are so funny. They are turds of the NFL right along with Eagles fans. These two fans dominate the message boards on “we took over the stadium” and “we are real fans”‘blah blah. You guys are an expansion team that has had some success, but you Raven fans act as if you are in the from office making personnel decisions. Get a life already. I couldn’t care less about the Steelers or Ravens, but you are and will always be the stepchild(you’re family but not really) of the AFC North. You have zero tradition over the other three teams in the division. By the way, it’s not a rivalry when the Steelers dominate you. Keep trying though.

  25. Flacco has the uncanny ability to make mediocre defenses look all pro. I see no differance with this match up. Flacco will go in there and fumble in between throwing int’s. to ruin yet another season for Baltimore. He was a backup QB in college for a reason.

  26. And to all you steeler schlongs. Last week it was go Browns for you. This week it’s go bengals with your fanbase. Truly sickening. You people really need to get out of the basement and get a real life.

  27. Not a Bengals fan but I’d like to see them win to keep the Raiders and Jets out, of course that would mean the Broncos would need to win as well unless the Raiders and Jets lose.

  28. .

    A Steelers fan called me after the first Pitt -Cinn game. He told me that they’re not the same old Bengals. He said that Dalton didn’t look out of place. I look forward to a competitive matchup.

    .

  29. Love it now bengals fans, just don’t forget not to long ago the bengals were young and on the rise. They had a year quit like this one with a strong d and good weapons and stud looking young qb. That team made the playoffs that year. They lost in the first round. They haven’t been to the playoffs since. That crappy ownership will tear this team apart in the next 3 years. Mark it down now aj green will never ever sign another contract with the bengals. I feel so bad for the fans of this horrible ownership. I have never ever seen a group do so little with so much. Who wants to bet both picks they got for Palmer are busts?

    Bengals fans should be excited about this team and the player and coaches but I still hope for their own sake they don’t reward the nfls worst owner by buying tickets. They did this same this to you folks 5 years ago, don’t forget that. Down with brown. It’s better in the long run.

  30. Force Donovan Flacco to beat you, and he won’t. He struggles against 4-3 defenses, just like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees struggle against 3-4 defenses (decent ones)

  31. AJ green is the best young reciever in the NFL.

    next year instead of saying theres 3 recievers that stand out above all the other great recievers, we will be saying theres 4 – calvin johnson, larry fitzgerald, andre johnson, and AJ green.

    i just hope andre comes back 100%
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    add julio jones to that list he had almost exact same stats as AJ Green

    JJ 12games 50rec,883yds,6TDs,17.7
    AJ 14games 63rec,1031yds,7TDs,16.4

  32. As a lifelong Steelers fan, I look forward in the future to playing a very good Bengals team. The sky is the limit for them ( assuming they are still in Cincinnati) c’mon Bengals fans, show or go.

  33. Lifelong die hard Browns fan since 68 ..yes i will be pulling for the Bengals this Sunday ..very quietly i must add .the state of Ohio gets a sweep this weekend as we will “upset “the Steelers this Sunday on the Lakefront in more ways than one .

    It would have taken a helluva lot more than just drafting AJ Green to get the Browns into the play offs this year . our HC / Very very offensive coordinator is clueless for starters . maybe one day they get it right . toughest division in all of pro football is the AFC North .

  34. No traditon what the f… are you talking about. Check your history . The city of Baltimore helped put the NFL on the map. The city owns 4 NFL championships. Walk in Ravens stadium and you touch the foot of Johnny Unitas for good luck.

    Ravens fans are so funny. They are turds of the NFL right along with Eagles fans. These two fans dominate the message boards on “we took over the stadium” and “we are real fans”‘blah blah. You guys are an expansion team that has had some success, but you Raven fans act as if you are in the from office making personnel decisions. Get a life already. I couldn’t care less about the Steelers or Ravens, but you are and will always be the stepchild(you’re family but not really) of the AFC North. You have zero tradition over the other three teams in the division. By the way, it’s not a rivalry when the Steelers dominate you. Keep trying though.

  35. Outside of Steelers and Ravens this team had a easy schedule. They are really not that good and they will lose against the Ravens.. The Raiders or Broncos are taking that Wild Card spot..
    I think it will be the broncos. Just because I know the Jets will win and I know Titans will lose and Bengals and ofcourse the Raiders will win..Orton will rip apart Tebow’s Broncos.
    Bengals and Broncos are the 2 fluke teams..
    I keep telling you people BELIEVE….
    Believe in the Raiders, They will shock the world
    and when they do all the Raider Hater media outlets like this very website and ESPN will not even mention it…Instead of showing Super Bowl highlights when the Raiders win it ESPN will show PBA Bowling

  36. worldwidebleater says:

    Lucky for the league that the Bengals won’t have any home playoff games. Mike Brown would be offering free soup just to get hobos into the stadium.

    *****

    Hands down one of the funniest posts I’ve EVER come across on this site. I can’t quit laughing!!!

  37. And when you guys talk about the great young receivers, don’t forget about the Steelers Mike Wallace and Antonio “Pro Bowl” Brown. they are already stars.

  38. Anyway you slice it, the Blackbirds have more on the line in this match-up. A bye and a 1st game homefield advantage. The Bungles are one and done at best. I’ll take the better team in this match-up and hands down the Ravens are superior.

  39. Dalton’s like 23. If being one game away from making the playoffs is a chance of a lifetime, Bengals fans are in for a long 60 years.

  40. hound32 says:
    Dec 30, 2011 10:31 PM
    Lifelong die hard Browns fan since 68 ..yes i will be pulling for the Bengals this Sunday ..very quietly i must add .the state of Ohio gets a sweep this weekend as we will “upset “the Steelers this Sunday on the Lakefront in more ways than one .

    It would have taken a helluva lot more than just drafting AJ Green to get the Browns into the play offs this year . our HC / Very very offensive coordinator is clueless for starters . maybe one day they get it right . toughest division in all of pro football is the AFC North .

    You lost any and all credibility with the comment about the Clowns upsetting the Steelers and not only that but putting “upset” in quotation marks – if the Browns do win and that is a A HUGE IF – it would be an upset so there is no reason to put it in quotation marks….watch and see the Browns will lay down and take a complete ass whoopin’ from the Steelers.

  41. Cleveland, its time to lock up your women and pets, Bloated Ben, and James “lights out” Harrison are coming to town. There was a sighting of these scoundrels in downtown Cleveland 45 minutes ago, at the House of Blues, apparently it was co-ed / $1.00 cheap shot night.

  42. I hope the bengals win, I’m a TCU fan and I think Flacco is over rated. I wouldn’t trust him if the game was on the line

  43. Ravens win, Cincy out, Pittsburgh on the road, Brady inactive, haters gonna hate. Ravens representing the AFC in the superbowl. Believe it.

  44. “chance of a lifetime” How true since the Bengals have not won a playoff game for 20 years. The Bengals have become so accustomed to losing that making the playoffs brings about “chance of a lifetime” Mike Brown needs to go !

  45. @cereal blogger

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    Are you high? The ravens can’t even score 30 on a consistent basis let alone 40… 53 to much maybe 9 and bengals 53 FTW!!!

  46. Marvin Lewis tends to get way too cautious in the big games. “Playing it safe” with Cedric Benson has been costly. He’s fumbled five times in the last two games. We’re just lucky we recovered three of them. Opposing defenses have his number. If Marvin just uses the strengths of the guys we have, we can win this!

  47. Even though we ( the bengals) have a 9-6 record it could’ve been even better . We barely lost to San fran and Texas. We own Baltimore at home… Period. Even when our record was 4-12, (2) of those wins were against Baltimore. 27-21 bengals (Andy dalton) last min t.d to Gresham

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