Friday, November 13, 2009
Should Bengals Just Forfeit to Steelers: National Pundits Seem to Think So
In case you haven't watched ESPN this week, let me update you on what's happened. Since Tuesday at 8 a.m., the Worldwide leader has only been talking about one NFL game: Bengals-Steelers. Hold on, we're completely lying. Check that, the real only game they've been talking about: Colts-Patriots.
Now you're probably asking yourself: "Wow, the Bengals-Steelers game is being played between two first place teams in the SAME DIVISION, why isn't ESPN showing the game some love?"
The answer: no one thinks the Bengals are going to win. Wait, let's carefully rephrase that: one person thinks the Bengals are going to win, ESPN's Eric Allen. That's right, everyone else in the country is either high on low grade meth or picking the Steelers (Or in Michael Irvin's case, both).
We here at INSIC are pretty lazy, so we didn't track down every expert's pick, but we tracked down enough of them to prove our point.
As a history lesson, lets see how the Bengals have fared this year when they're the underdog:
Ravens vs. Bengals no.2(Bengals are 2.5 point underdogs) Bengals win 17-7
Bengals vs. Bears 3 weeks ago (Bengals are 1 point underdogs) Bengals win 45-10
Bengals vs. Ravens no.1 (Bengals are 5.5 point underdogs) Bengals win 17-14
Bengals vs. Steelers in Sept. (Bengals are 6.5 point underdogs) Bengals win 23-20
Bengals vs. Packers in Sept. (Bengals are 8.5 point underdogs) Bengals win 31-24.
Yup, the Bengals are 5-0.
INSIC says the Bengals will all but sew up a playoff berth Sunday with a 24-20 win over the Steelers. Keep in mind that the Bengals played their WORST first half of the season in game one against the Steelers and STILL WON.
By the way, the blog will have a live report from Pittsburgh Sunday if John Breech's brother Joe stays sober long enough to provide one. Joe will be at the game and will be beating up any Steeler's fans that dont't know what color their head coach is.