The Bengals just escaped a near fatal loss to the Browns on the road. Survival is a true sign of a playoff team in the rugged 17 week NFL season. Only the few and proud survive to make the playoffs in this league of weekly battles. So the Bengal improve to 3-1, tied for first in the AFC North.
These are all great things. Obviously it was a little disappointing to go through a near heart attack to get the victory against a horrific Brown team. The Browns stayed in the game solely through the heroic runs of Josh Cribbs, Shaun Roger’s gigantic wingspan, and the Bengals ineptitude on special teams. This game truly showed the importance of special teams to winning a ball game. So, by next week, nobody will care about how the Bengals won this game, just that they are 3-1 and tied atop the AFC North as they go into next week’s battle with the Ravens.
So the real story of the game in my eyes other than Carson coming up huge in the clutch again. Brad St Louis?! The man has been in the league for 10 seasons and traditionally has been a great snapper. Yes, St Louis is a special teams snapper. Meaning you have to snap the ball to the holder or back to the punter. Then if you are on a punt, you get to run down the field and hit somebody in the mouth. This is probably one of the world’s best and easiest jobs. You get paid to snap a ball 5 to 10 times a game and you get to hit people.
I have heard of kickers going through slumps sometimes, or baseball players having slumps at the plate, but long snappers? St. Louis almost single handedly blew this game for the Bengals with his inability to snap the ball 7 yards back to Kevin Huber. Brad, do whatever you got to do to regain your consistency, or please let the Bengals sign a free agent snapper and be on your way back to St. Louis.
Either way hats off to Carson Palmer in showing his courage on that key 4th and 10 run. Though Carson had a rough game for the majority, he came up big when he needed too and has led the Bengals atop the AFC North.
Stay tuned for Edition 24 coming soon.