Published: November 9th, 2009 | Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning, Indianapolis Colts, Jim Caldwell, Kurt Warner, New York Giants, Paul Daugherty, Philadelphia Eagles, Phillip Rivers, Roy Williams, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans
The 2009 Bengals are no longer the same old squad, as evidenced by their 17-7 win over the Ravens on Sunday. They are, according to Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty, the New Same Old Bengals (NSOBs).
Which is to say these Bengals are like the last playoff team of 2005, only better:
The New Same Old Bengals (NSOBs) play exacting team defense and score when their quarterback believes it’s required. The Same Old Bengals were fractured and ego-driven.
Even when they were good in 2005 they were immature. “Young and dumb’’ in the words of Carson Palmer.
The new Same Olds believe in the hokey power of trusting each other. They offer without apology that they’re better in 2009 because they, well, they like each other. They get along. They want to do well for the player next to them.
“The camaraderie in here is like nothing I’ve ever seen,’’ Chinedum Ndukwe remarked.
More stories from Around the Web on Monday:
- Who’s No. 1? Philip Rivers is — not Eli Manning — after he led the Chargers’ 21-20 comeback over the Giants on Sunday.
- The Giants’ season is now on life support.
- Colts first-year coach Jim Caldwell is pushing (almost) all the right buttons.
- Has two straight come too late for the Titans?
- After dropping their fourth straight on Sunday to Tennessee, the 49ers can forget about the playoffs.