The Cincinnati Bengals have come a long way since the fallout of Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco a year ago. Rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green will surely be the future faces of this organization, but it seems they lack the firepower needed to make a final push towards the playoffs.
A preview of every NFL game for Week 9 — including the Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants at New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints — with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.</p>
The usually stoic personality of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco momentarily disappeared. Joe Cool was on fire. Used for target practice by a legion of critics despite three consecutive playoff appearances, Flacco lashed out after being derided for his leadership, work ethic and ability in the clutch. “I think I’m pretty damn good,” said Flacco, who had been called out by LaMarr Woodley, Dhani Jones and Jamie Dukes. “You can think what you want about me. I would like some more people than myself to think good about me, but they never do, they never do.”