The AP reported late last night that besides his confidence in himself being down, he has put the two losses on the boys up front, and by doing that, Ocho Cinco has put the spotlight directly on his offensive line. Now, setting aside the fact that Mr. Cinco wanted out of Cincy and became the center of attention as speculation flew as to whether he would cause problems for the Bengals and become a distraction......not that Chad Johnson would ever be a distraction.....
......but is it really a good idea to exude little faith in your offensive line, especially when the Giants, with their 'We can make Tom Brady look mortal, lose our starting defensive ends and continue to put oppsing quarterbacks into the infirmary' defensive line, are next on the Bengals' schedule? I mean, we have already seen that the Bengals' line can make Carson Palmer look like Chuck Wepner.
Next on our list is old friend Joey Porter. You know, the former Steelers linebacker notorious for running his mouth? Well, it seems that Joey forgot that he plays for the Miami Dolphins and is going to enjoy getting their first victory against the Patriots this weekend. Ah, for anyone who was wondering when cockiness becomes stupidity, it happens two seconds after Joey Porter opens his mouth. Now I know that Porter is confident going into this weekend--I mean, who wouldn't be confident after getting lit up by the offensive juggernaut Arizona Cardinals that haven't made the playoffs since 1998--but why give a team trying to rally around the loss of their offensive leader any motivation going into this weekend's matchup? And why in the hell could you be so stupid and think that the Dolphins have much of a chance to win a game.......against an NFL team........that hasn't lost a regular season game since 2006.......and has gone to the playoffs every year since 2002?
My favorite part is when he says that because it's not Brady, it shouldn't be hard. Well, it wasn't Tom Brady 14 times last year, and it hasn't been Tom Brady twice this year, and yet you are 1-15 against non-Tom Brady led teams as a Dolphin. Mmmm, maybe Porter's new mantra should be, if it isn't Tom Brady, Kellen Clemons, Ben Roethlisberger, Trent Edwards, Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, Tony Romo, Jason Campbell, Duante Culpepper, Chad Pennington (hey, don't have to worry about him anymore), Eli Manning, AJ Feeley, Derek Anderson, Carson Palmer, Matt Schaub or JP Losman, then, then it will be easy.
Meanwhile, my second favorite AFC East team, due in no small part to the media that surrounds them, the New York Jets of New Jersey (NYJNJ) have also been in the news of late.
Brett Favre has stated the upcoming game against San Diego is a must win. Though they are 1-1 right now, the Jets have looked pedestrian on both sides of the ball after their first two weeks, and they know the Chargers, 0-2 but could easily be 2-0, will be coming out to make a point. With both New England and Buffalo likely to go to 3-0, the Jets do not want to go down 2 games so quickly in the division.
In other NYJNJ news, Eric Mangini was not pleased with the performance against New England and heads were a rollin' come Tuesday as the Jets released their punter, Ben Graham. Couldn't have been the $140 million they spent on off-season pickups, no, it was the punter.
Now as Jets Nation attempts to rebound from their 19-10 loss on Sunday, NY Post writer Mark Cannizzaro gave Jets fans across New York and New Jersey reason for hope. I love the optimism coming from people around the Jets. Here Cannizzaro writes about how dynamic Favre is. I guess according to the Post "dynamic" is a label you place on a QB who leads 3 drives of 10 plays or more, and then leads 6 other drives that result in gaining 2 net yards. (P.S. to the Post, Maroney got hurt last week and yet I don't see you celebrating it, are you guys okay?).