What a weekend that just transpired in sports. The University of Cincinnati Bearcats win a big non conference game against a tough Fresno State team when things were not going their way and crack the top 10 in the rankings! The University of Kentucky Wildcats were obliterated by the Florida Gators, but the once invincible one Tim Tebow had to leave the game with an injury. The New York Yankees clinched the AL East title. The Detroit Lions ended a 19 game losing streak and defeated the Washington Redskins. And finally, the Cincinnati Bengals in dramatic comeback fashion, defeated the rival defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was truly a great weekend in sports between the MLB, NCAA, and NFL. Though the most astonishing event may have been the Lions ending their horrific losing streak which dated back to December 23rd of 2007, around here the big news was with the Bengals.
The Bengals came out on Sunday like they were already defeated and played that way for nearly the entire first half. They just looked simply overmatched by a very confident looking Steelers team. Time and time again Ben Roethlisberger escaped pressure situations and lived on the broken play. The Steelers have a fantastic offensive line, but I have never seen someone who is not a running quarterback live on the broken play as Roethlisberger does. Roethlisberger is extremely elusive in the pocket for a big guy and finds players as plays break down. Though these plays seem lucky, he does it so consistently that it might not be luck.
But anyways, back to the point at hand. The Bengals had lost to the Steelers 8 straight times in Cincinnati and looked to be heading for number 9. Then they scored a late field goal to end the first half. Then in a rare Big Ben mistake, Johnathan Joseph picked off a pass and took it to the endzone. The Bengals were back in the game!
In the end, Palmer came up with another big drive in the last couple of minutes that led to a Bengals score to win the game with 14 seconds left. The monkey is off Carson Palmer’s back. He can lead game winning drives and this team should be 3-0. Now I am not saying the Bengals are a playoff team yet. There is a team in Baltimore that looks to have a stranglehold at the top of the AFC North, but this team is developing and improving each week. They are finding a way to win games. This is a definite sign of a playoff caliber team.
Little used Brian Leonard deserves some recognition on his great play to continue the drive on a 4th and ten where he barreled past the first down marker. Plays like the one Leonard made can really define a team’s season. Maybe the Denver fluke play was a wake up call and the Bengals may be in for some good fortune.
Who really knows..just another day in Who Dey Nation..but the Bengals are 2-1 and in second in the AFC North ahead of the hated yellow towel waving Pittsburgh Steelers..
Stay tuned for Edition 19.