Re: Gil Brandt picks Bengals to playoffs over the ravens
This is the time of the year when everyone is contender and all the splashers get the love. This year, instead of the Browns, it's the Bengals. They made all the "splashes" in Free Agency, their defense stood out because their offense was crap, and then there's the talking heads' insatiable love for Carson Palmer, who even when healthy, hasn't stopped the Bengals from putting up mediocre seasons after their 2005 fluke. As for Benson "coming on strong" at the end of the year, let's take a gander at what Defenses he faced: Kansas City and the Browns.
Yeah, real murderers' row of Defenses there.
Their "Top 10" Defense was so awesome that the Steelers hung 38 and 27 on them in two games last year. The Ravens put down 34 in a shellacking in Cincinnati.
This has happened before, and it will happen again. Let the Bengals get the hype and let them dream. Reality will set in come September. If the Bengals are contenders, I'll believe it when I see it.