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King not fond of the direction of the Bengals

For those of you that don’t regularly read Peter King’s ‘Monday Morning QB’ column on, your missing out. King remains to me about the strongest writer in the NFL, and every week this column never lets me down when it comes to the pulse of the league.

Today he did his power rankings, which is pretty funny considering the time of the year. He had the Packers ranked #1, which is intriguing to say the least, but guess who he is sitting at #23? You guessed it:

23. Cincinnati. I love Carson Palmer. I worry about Carson Palmer. And I bet if you ask every Bengals fan out there, they’d say the exact same thing.



  1. dan

    May 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Summertime football talk is all about what’s on paper and what happened last year. I usually respect Peter King, but I have no idea what he’s talking about.

    With all Cincy’s problems, they finished in first place, had a top rushing game, a top defense, and a high quality passing game before Henry got hurt. In the offseason, we’re adding depth almost everywhere either by draft, free agency, or simply by injured players getting healthy.

    What has Cincy lost? Not one damn thing.

    So I don’t see how King gets off declaring Cincy to plummet, especially tying it to Palmer. Every fool in the Queen City knows Palmer was hampered by an injured hand (which meant no play action fakes at all), no tight end play, and only one wide receiver. After week 9, it was extremely easy to predict Cincy’s offense. Is King saying that’s going to get worse? Has he even been paying attention this offseason?

    Palmer’s hand should be fine.
    The WR corps has been restocked.
    We have several TE’s again.
    We get starters back at two key defense positions.
    We have a more experienced OL.
    And EVERY starter on the #4 defense is returning.

    I just don’t see how–at this point–anyone can seriously say Cincy won’t contend again in 2010. I don’t care what folks say, I don’t see that much net improvement in Baltimore. And Pitt is falling off a cliff, losing Pro Bowlers and adding zilch. And Cleveland only looks promising with its revolving door roster.

    King just makes no sense.

    • dan

      May 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

      Also note that King has Denver FIVE spots ABOVE Cincy. WTH??? Denver keeps jettisoning proven quality players while adding question marks–and they’re going to be on the “playoff bubble” while Cincy languishes in the cellar? The man is just stupid.

      He has Pitt at #12, even though they’ve lost their Pro Bowl QB for at least a month and their SB MVP WR is gone. What have they added? Nothing. Especially not to a defense that habitually collapsed in the 4th QTR all year. Again, PK makes no sense.

      He has Seattle, yes Seattle, at #11 and gives NO REASON WHY.

      But the capper is… he has Baltimore at #4 despite saying NOTIHING GOOD about the team!!! His entry does nothing but highlight their problems.

      That’s it. I’m done. King is either a total idiot or he’s just trying to stir up controversy.

  2. docholliday

    May 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    King is a douche. He has a personal vendetta against the Bengals that dates back to his days as a beat writer in Cincy.

    Of all the national talking heads, he’s the one with the least credibility in my book.

    23?? ridiculous

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