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Bengals suddenly getting the star treatment

Andy Dalton, Marvin Lewis AP

Maybe it’s time to re-think the whole “America’s Team” thing.

Because suddenly, the Bengals have become media darlings. Yes, the Bengals.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer points out that in addition to their Hard Knocks stardom, the Bengals are also drawing the A-team announcers for each of their first three games.

CBS is sending Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to their Sept. 8 opener at Chicago. That’s followed by a Monday game against the Steelers on ESPN. The Sept. 22 game against the Packers will draw Fox’s top crew of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

The Bengals aren’t typically thought of as a prime-time draw, but they have made back-to-back playoff appearances, and should have one of the league’s top defenses, which will make them interesting to watch.

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  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 22, 2013 11:16 AM

    I wonder which play by play crew will call their inevitable playoff loss in Houston next January…

  2. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Aug 22, 2013 11:17 AM

    The Bengals, and our real fans will take it in stride. We’ve had hype before… and not lived up. I feel like this group is different though. One game at a time. Stay the course. Go Bengals.

  3. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Aug 22, 2013 11:18 AM

    @8to8 – I have a feeling that you may be in Cincy this year instead.

  4. scoops1 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:19 AM

    Joe Buck needs to be demoted….

    Sam Rosen is 10x better the announcer then Buck is….and he is unbiased

  5. mikebrownfaux says: Aug 22, 2013 11:19 AM

    The last time this happened the Bengals went 4-12 and the Franchise QB cried his way out of town after the season…

  6. kathleenturnersoverdrive says: Aug 22, 2013 11:20 AM

    They are the Bungles for a reason. Did people forget that?

  7. ken0west says: Aug 22, 2013 11:20 AM

    The Bengals may be rising, but wow. Just ignore the fact they r playing Chicago, Pittsburg, and the Packers.

  8. floratiotime says: Aug 22, 2013 11:24 AM

    Reality TV is all about watching failure.

  9. jwil007 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:24 AM

    8to80texansblog says: Aug 22, 2013 11:16 AM

    I wonder which play by play crew will call their inevitable playoff loss in Houston next January…

    Extremely confident for a team who won last year by 6 points and then was spanked the next week…I hope we do see you all….I believe this year will be much different than last year…. Eifert, Gio, James Harrison will change the outcome of this game BIGTIME! We are going to see if those LB’s you have can cover Eifert and Gresham…as well as Gio….I say NOT! stay tuned….long season…..

  10. ridnaway says: Aug 22, 2013 11:26 AM

    If history is any indication, Coach Giggles will lose every prime time game (as usual) because this team always under performs on the big stage. They could be playing Saint Dorothy’s school for quadriplegic nuns but if the game was on Monday night they’d lose 35-0. Marvin just doesn’t know how to prepare his not ready for prime time players.

  11. bigd9484 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:26 AM

    I really want to know how Aikman and Buck are Fox’s top team. It’s very sad, as just about any person has more broadcasting talent than them.

  12. lovefootball4life says: Aug 22, 2013 11:30 AM

    Well Monday would be set regardless of who is playing. Is it possible the others are set because of the matchup with Chicago and the Packers not just because of the Bengals? A Cincy-based newpaper wouldn’t see it that way.

  13. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 22, 2013 11:33 AM

    a lot of hype for a lot of nothing

    #theystink

  14. steelerben says: Aug 22, 2013 11:34 AM

    Can anyone tell me the last time that a team was hyped in the preseason and then went on to be successful? Remember last year’s media darling? They fired their coach, “earned” the first overall pick in the draft even with five probowlers, neither of the two starting QBs from last season are on the roster anymore, and generally looked like a pile of garbage.

    I’m not saying that the Bengals don’t look like they have a decent team. They do. Solid defense. Great wide receiver. Young QB that is improving every year. Picked up some decent looking guys in the draft.

    Just don’t read your own press clippings, guys.

  15. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 22, 2013 11:34 AM

    this team will start 1-2

    of course theyll beat the steelers

  16. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:36 AM

    I can’t wait until they start losing , so we can stop this nonsense. They are a good team but they will choke when it matters the most because that’s what they do. Meanwhile the actual superbowl champs won’t even sniff the playoffs according to almost everyone outside of Baltimore! I.love it and like Bart Scott said. ” can’t wait”!

  17. si1m says: Aug 22, 2013 11:37 AM

    They will be getting the A-team one and done come January when they score zero Touchdowns in a wild card playoff loss.

    Did the world collectively forget that Dalton is their QB?

  18. snowman36 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:38 AM

    Redskins fan here: I’m really digging what’s going on in Cincinnati. Young and hungry. Good luck this season

  19. siggtacular says: Aug 22, 2013 11:38 AM

    The bengals couldn’t carry the Ravens two Lombardi trophies tho

  20. t8ertot says: Aug 22, 2013 11:41 AM

    Hate on haters. The Bengals are legit contenders. Forget the 90′s Bungles. Every great team was horrible once

  21. bullsonparade2399 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:41 AM

    Eifert, Gio, and Harrison does not change anything. Bengals our are little brother and probably the 3rd or 4th best team in the AFC. We have players coming back also Mitchell and Cushing. Add ons of Swearinger , Ed Reed, and Hopkins just makes us more potent! Not to mention Tate is back at punishing force…. Texans are just better at every skilled position….

  22. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 22, 2013 11:43 AM

    This is a joke right?

  23. salsendardo says: Aug 22, 2013 11:46 AM

    This season is the real test. No more cupcake schedule. They have to learn to beat teams with a winning record.

  24. buff80 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:46 AM

    All 4 of those “announcers” are horrible. They shouldn’t even be working high school games..,

  25. homelanddefense says: Aug 22, 2013 11:48 AM

    The Bengals are a good, young team. But they are also playing the Steelers, Bears, and Packers, all huge draws for TV

  26. realfootballfan says: Aug 22, 2013 11:52 AM

    As goes Dalton, so goes the Bengals. They are stacked at every other position. Benard is going to be something special. They have remade their roster from the bottom up though with mostly homegrown talent.

  27. minnesoulja says: Aug 22, 2013 12:07 PM

    Vikings fan here who likes the Bengals. Ignore the trolls Cincy. You guys have been on the rise now for a few years, and I think they are better on paper now than they were a year ago.

    Now carry it over to the field.

  28. godofwine330 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:14 PM

    I am a Browns fan first, so I hope they dont’ get wins there, but I am a Bengals fan, too. They are Ohio and founded by the same man, so chill. It is going to be big this year for the best division in the NFL (or the 2nd if you wanna make the NFL West tops) because all 4 teams look capable of winning week in, week out.

    Go Browns! But then Go Bengals.

    I’m a homer. Sue me.

  29. schmitty2 says: Aug 22, 2013 12:21 PM

    I’m not a Bengals fan but I hope they do great this season. With that being said I think most fans would agree they don’t want to listen to Buck or Nantz call play by play for their teams.

  30. Bob says: Aug 22, 2013 12:30 PM

    I think this has more to do with ratings-grabbing Bears, Steelers and Packers being the opponents. All three of those are big TV attractions.

  31. ravanator says: Aug 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    This franchise is so pathetic. They are losers and the fans accept it. They are not a prime-time caliber team. They will be sewpt by the Ravens and Steelers, and split with the Browns this season. Soon they will be leaveing the weak fan base in Cinci, and be moving to LA.

  32. southpaw2k says: Aug 22, 2013 12:51 PM

    The Bengals are NOT the pushover team they’ve been for the majority of the last 25 years or so. They’re a quality team, one who will likely finish with 9 or 10 wins again this season. I still don’t necessarily buy them as a powerhouse team or Super Bowl contender yet though. Andy Dalton needs to beat the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Joe Flacco before the team can be seen as a true contender.

    Before anyone asks, the Bengals beat the Ravens with Joe Flacco on the sidelines for most of last year’s Week 17 meeting.

    And this comes from a Ravens fan.

  33. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 22, 2013 1:01 PM

    Cheer up, ravanator. You know you’ll be watching, just like everyone else. You may still be searching for a rational thought, but you’ll be watching.

  34. ddogdaddy says: Aug 22, 2013 1:03 PM

    I think the AFC North will be one of the few 3 team races for their division this year. The other being the NFC East.

  35. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 22, 2013 1:06 PM

    southpaw2k says:

    Andy Dalton needs to beat the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Joe Flacco before the team can be seen as a true contender.

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    From someone critiquing QBs, putting Brady, Manning and Flacco together is pretty darn funny. Thanks for the laugh, man! I’ll enjoy that one all week!

  36. Kaz says: Aug 22, 2013 1:14 PM

    What no JoeToronto comment?

  37. southpaw2k says: Aug 22, 2013 1:31 PM

    thegenoatkinsdiet says:
    Aug 22, 2013 1:06 PM
    southpaw2k says:

    Andy Dalton needs to beat the likes of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Joe Flacco before the team can be seen as a true contender.

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    From someone critiquing QBs, putting Brady, Manning and Flacco together is pretty darn funny. Thanks for the laugh, man! I’ll enjoy that one all week!

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    I guess there are still some people who refuse to accept the idea that Flacco is one of the best QBs in the AFC. If you want to add Ben in that mix since he’s won two championships that’s fine, since those four QBs are the ones who have won championships in their careers thus far.

  38. ramofsteel says: Aug 22, 2013 1:34 PM

    Bengals have went from being an overrated joke to one of the best teams to watch. Getting rid of Chad Johnson really helped. This is a team you want to root for.

  39. jwil007 says: Aug 22, 2013 1:35 PM

    ravanator says: Aug 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    This franchise is so pathetic. They are losers and the fans accept it. They are not a prime-time caliber team. They will be sewpt by the Ravens and Steelers, and split with the Browns this season. Soon they will be leaveing the weak fan base in Cinci, and be moving to LA.

    Yet the Ravens have allowed this pathetic Franchise to hold a 15-19 record against them and that includes the lost years…So we were beatin you alls head in every so often when we had a team of NAIA players…BOL., Cant wait to see what happens this year….

  40. modellforprez says: Aug 22, 2013 2:04 PM

    Haha watch america as this teams fortunes turn. First Atkins and A.J green blow out the knees then Little red Gets knocked out. Its over for the Bumgles. Just watch you’ll See!!

  41. axespray says: Aug 22, 2013 2:07 PM

    It’s always nice to see a team go from garbage to good… my dad always tells me how awful the Packers were from the 70s-80s – and how awesome it was to see ‘em just go 9-7 during the early Favre years.

    So, best of luck to Bengal fans – you, browns fans, raider fans, bills fans, and lions fans all deserve something good out of your teams.

  42. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 22, 2013 3:03 PM

    southpaw2k says:

    I guess there are still some people who refuse to accept the idea that Flacco is one of the best QBs in the AFC.

    ————————————————–

    Why would I accept what is not true? JF is a good QB that had a fantastic post-season last year, but no one is ever going to confuse him for Brady or Manning. Find me a year where his stats looked anything like theirs, and I will humbly apologize. But I’m not worried you’ll find it. Again, thanks for the laughs.

  43. sellout1983 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:09 PM

    Who Dey!

  44. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Aug 22, 2013 3:13 PM

    modellforprez says:
    Aug 22, 2013 2:04 PM
    Haha watch america as this teams fortunes turn. First Atkins and A.J green blow out the knees then Little red Gets knocked out. Its over for the Bumgles. Just watch you’ll See!!

    Your life must be sad if anticipating injury to others is where you find pleasure in life. I pity you, and it saddens me to see Ravens fans sinking to the troll-ish level of Steelers fans.

  45. pickensclause says: Aug 22, 2013 3:18 PM

    As a longtime Bengals fan I thought the same thing many of you did- that the announcers were a result of who they are playing and not the Bengals; however, while the Monday night crew is constant, the other games would not get those announcers if they were playing the Jags or Chiefs. So the Bengals did help draw the ‘top’ announcing crew.

    I don’t really care as long as its not Dierdorf.

  46. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    realfootballfan says:
    As goes Dalton, so goes the Bengals.
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    That about sums it up. And any of you Cin fans that are happy about that, then all I can say is your expectations are too low. Understandably so.

  47. billymc75 says: Aug 22, 2013 3:35 PM

    I find it hilarious that every year somebody trie to steal, give, or rename America’s team

  48. vincentbojackson says: Aug 22, 2013 4:28 PM

    It would seem the A-team draw has more to do with the Bengals opponents than it does with them.

  49. joetoronto says: Aug 22, 2013 5:30 PM

    This team, city and it’s fans are a joke, a complete joke.

    Andy Dalton, LOL!

  50. londonbengal says: Aug 22, 2013 6:36 PM

    ‘kaz’ says……..

    “what no ‘joetoronto’ comment ?”
    =================================

    ….its past his bed-time ‘kaz’……. relax…..

  51. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Aug 22, 2013 7:18 PM

    joetoronto says: Aug 22, 2013 5:30 PM

    This team, city and it’s fans are a joke, a complete joke.

    Andy Dalton, LOL!

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    How many low life posts did you try until they finally relented and let one of your ignorant comments through? By the way, I was your 8th thumbs down.

  52. raiderapologist says: Aug 22, 2013 9:34 PM

    The Bengals have a scary-good roster, but their QB is a boat anchor. When your coach says the QB can’t lose games, the QB is your weak link.

  53. bonniebengal says: Aug 23, 2013 5:22 AM

    I think this team is on the rise. Hopefully they can handle the media attention. Our only really weak spot is O Line. We are so deep in other positions that most of the players we cut will quickly get picked up by other teams. I expect great things from the Bengals this year.

  54. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 23, 2013 1:27 PM

    joetornonto is still crying over the Carson Palmer trade. Besides, if you were a Raiders fan, you too would have little else to do than whine.

    On a positive note, his fave team will have the first pick next year, and unless they totally tard out, they’ll get Clowney.

  55. raiderapologist says: Aug 23, 2013 10:00 PM

    t8ertot says: Aug 22, 2013 11:41 AM

    Hate on haters. The Bengals are legit contenders. Forget the 90′s Bungles. Every great team was horrible once
    ————
    Every horrible team was great once, too. Except the Bengals.

  56. islandgechee says: Aug 24, 2013 10:45 AM

    For all those Lamenting the fact that the Bengals play the NFCN this year remember the last time it took place 2009 when we played all those teams Chicago, Packers ,Vikes and Lions we Owned them and won the division title and we have a more talented and mature team not to mention coaching ….one game at a time…Who Dey!

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