The news just keeps getting better and better for us here in Bengalville…
-Apparently, the Bengals ticket office has conceded that the next home game, November 21st versus the winless Bills, will not sell out. This breaks a streak of 57 consecutive sell-outs under Marvin Lewis. It seems the failure to even come close to the team’s huge expectations for this year has gotten to be just too much for the fans in the Queen City. I can’t argue. Besides, who wants to be on hand to watch us lose to a winless team led by Ryan Fitzpatrick anyway?
-Andre “Jabba” Smith, now officially solid in draft bust status, has broken his foot, again, in practice, again. He’ll likely miss the season with or without surgery. He’ll have plenty of time to prop his foot up on his couch, add 40 pounds of fat, and contemplate why the team wasted a 6th overall pick on him. I know hindsight is 20/20, but we could’ve had Michael Oher, Brian Orakpo, Clay Matthews, Jeremy Maclin, or Percy Harvin.
-Reedy points out that Monday night’s close loss to Pittsburgh marked owner Mike Brown’s 200th loss. Quite a milestone. Even more amazing is that he did it faster than any other owner in NFL history, by almost a whole season (14 games). Draw your own conclusions.
-And as if there was any doubt about how Sunday’s game will end up, Carson Palmer missed back-to-back practices this week after getting battered and bruised in the Steelers game. They say he’ll be starting, but this makes a difficult task even harder.
-Lastly, Chris Pressley, fan favority from last year’s Hard Knocks, is back with the team on the practice squad. You may recall Tampa Bay signed him away last year, then turned around and tried to trade him back to Cincinnati. The Bengals wisely waited, and got him when he was inevitably cut. Rico Murray, who’s already played one game (Miami) for the Bengals then promptly cut, was brought back to the taxi squad as well.
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