We’re a few days late, but Adam, JJ and I review the Bengals game, although this was more cathartic therapy session than anything else. The conversation starts by remembering the 1989 team, a group that began the season 0-2 and was outscored 92-10 (not a typo). Fifteen weeks later? They were in the playoffs, where they won a wild-card game. So, yeah, the season’s not over.
At least until you hear this: Remember the 2002 team, which also started 0-2 after getting manhandled by the Pats and Raiders? Adam and JJ aren’t convinced the 2013 version is better than that group, which also made the playoffs (That was the year Tommy Gun out dueled Kelly Holcomb in the wild-card game). So there’s that.
We also touched on David Paulson’s fumble (and why in god’s name the Steelers didn’t hurry to the line to spike it after said fumble), Ping-PongGate, Ben’s improvised running attack, and the general feeling that things could get better before they get worse — and we’re not just talking about over the next few months but possibly the next two seasons.
We do try to find some positives, too; JJ and Adam point to the imminent return of Le’Veon Bell and Heath Miller, and I applaud Danny Smith and the special teams for playing pretty well. Other than that … there isn’t a whole lot.
But, hey, one win can change all that.
Alrighty, talking starts promptly…