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Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:13 pm
 

Ochocinco, Owens odd behavior beginning already

Posted by Will Brinson

The only reasonably acceptable solution to dealing with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens is mediocrity. If they win too much, the celebrations will overwhelm us. And if they lose, the negative energy will engulf us.

Proof of the latter came on Sunday when Owens and Ochocinco weren't present for the Hail Mary attempt at the end of the first half. Marvin Lewis was asked where Owens was responded by saying he was "being looked at" without any more discussion.

"That's our business, OK?" he said.

Owens himself was either a) confused, b) refusing to talk, c) angry, or d) all of the above.

"Coach said he would address that," he said when asked by reporters why he wasn't on the field.

Reporters continued wondering about his whereabouts, and he continued to become more of a), b), c) and d) until he finally dismissed them. Ochocinco wasn't much more helpful, telling reporters that, "Everything I have to say, Terrell will relay for me."

Perhaps they don't think anyone's familiar with the term "triangulation," because this is a pretty classic case of it. Or maybe they're in denial.

Or maybe, just maybe, they built up expectations for their season by talking nonstop about Batman and Robin and then when they found out that they're gonna need Superman to be an elite AFC team, they just got a little upset.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Moss: No new contract is a 'slap in the face'

Posted by Will Brinson

Randy Moss recently made some preseason noise when he told CBSSports.com that he wanted a new deal and felt "not wanted" by the Patriots as a result of their not giving him more money.

Following the Patriots romp over the Bengals on Sunday (the score was closer than the game), Moss again emphasized his desire for a new deal, only this time during the postgame press conference.

He stated that if New England didn't offer him a new deal, it would be a slap "in the face" -- the word "smack" has also been thrown out on Twitter, so the exact verbiage isn't precise, but Moss' intention is.

However, despite his uncorked nature during the team's press conference, Moss said he "didn't want to leave" New England and was fully prepared to play the entire season out on his current contract.

"If I'm wanted here, I want to be here," Moss said. "If I'm not, I'm not. It's a job."

Moss was also asked about the upcoming matchup with the Jets, and responded by saying that he "prided my offseason on staying off Revis Island."

That's all good and well, but you would have to imagine that he should be more worried about staying out of Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft's doghouse -- public comments like these don't often sit well with those two, especially with the Patriots coming off of a feel-good, dominating performance against the Bengals.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 2:39 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 2:48 pm
 

Patriots surprisingly destroying Bengals

W. Welker celebrates one of his TDs today against Cincinnati (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Bengals have been a sexy pick to win the AFC North. I’ve been asked over and over again about how good the Ravens will be and if the Bengals have a chance to win the division. “Um, yeah,” I say. “The Bengals did sweep the division last year to win it. Remember?”

The Bengals also were a sexy pick to beat the Patriots today in Foxboro. And in reality, this was a big game for Cincinnati.

So much for sexy.

At the end of the first half, the Patriots are annihilating Cincinnati 24-3. We’ve already told you about Wes Welker and his two touchdowns, but we haven’t talked about New England’s defense, which has made RB Cedric Benson irrelevant (10 carries, 28 yards) and the Patriots young secondary which has done a good job containing Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.

Meanwhile, the Bengals defense isn’t stopping anybody.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:01 pm
 

Antwan Odom could be in the clear

Posted by Andy Benoit

Earlier we reported that Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom is facing a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. You may have heard that Odom is appealing. A. Odom (US Presswire)

NFL.com’s Steve Wyche offers some of the details from the appeal. Odom expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing because, according to sources, the banned element he tested positive for is contained in a prescribed medication. As Wyche writes, “There is a provision in the NFL’s banned substance policy that allows players to take prescription medicines that could contain banned substances or elements of a banned substance.

Odom will play Sunday against the Patriots.

More from Wyche’s article:

Odom is appealing the positive test but it is not known how long that process would take. He is expected to be allowed to play through that process. The source said that Odom takes medications for certain medical conditions but would not specify those conditions or the prescribed medications. The positive test result did not involve performance enhancing drugs, recreational drugs or alcohol, the source said.

This falls in line with what Odom has said all along. Earlier, he tweeted, "Yes, I tested positive for a banned substance but it wasn't steroids or [performance-enhancing drug. More details to come but for now it's a league issue that's under appeal. Just know that I would never cheat to gain an edge in this game that I love."

Odom, 28, is Cincy’s best pass-rusher. In fact, he might be the team’s only true pass-rusher. He led the Bengals with eight sacks last season despite missing the final nine-plus games with a torn Achilles. Odom recovered from the injury in time for training camp, but he missed practice time with an illness and sore knee. Still, he’s good to go Sunday.

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:43 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2010 11:46 pm
 

Odom says positive test 'wasn't steroids or PEDs'

Posted Will Brinson


Reports surfaced earlier -- starting with the awesomely named 'Nati blog Three Way Chili 'Nati -- that Antwan Odom was facing a four-game suspension for a positive test of a banned substance.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk confirmed the potentially looming suspension, but that might not have been necessary, as Odom himself tweeted a confirmation of a positive test earlier.
To my fans and teammates: Please don't believe the rumors. Yes I tested positive for a banned substance but it wasn't steroids or PEDs. More details to come but for now it's a league issue that's under appeal. Just know that I would never cheat to gain an edge in this game that I love. Don't lose your faith in me and please don't pass judgement based on vicious rumors until all the facts are known. Thank you for all your support I really need it now. I all of you, Antwan Yes, that does sound similar to Brian Cushing's situation, thanks for asking. Except that Odom's not waiting until the end of the year to discuss it. Guess he learned the lesson in terms of managing publicity and handling things before they get out of hand.

Odom's case should be interesting too, considering the Bengals play against the Patriots in Week 1. If the league is already looking into scheduling an appeal, Foxboro isn't that far from New York City.

And certainly since Odom has now taken the discussion of why he failed a test public, they won't want to allow him to play the entire season under scrutiny from the press, the public and opponents.

And the Bengals may want to get the suspension out of the way as well: following the Pats, they play the Ravens, but then get the Panthers, Browns and Buccaneers, the latter two being about as easy a set of games as anyone can get.

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 7:27 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco guest hosting WWE Raw

Posted by Will Brinson

Chad Ochocinco, as announced by WWE on Thursday, will host "Raw" when it takes place in Cincinnati on September 13.

Oddly enough, this really isn't that surprising, right? In fact, the WWE site says it best : "So what's left for Chad Ochocinco? Gust hosting Raw, of course!"

The WWE site also mentions Chad's iPhone app as well as his cereal, with links no less, so it seems safe to say that there's some sort of synergy at work here. (Finding out that Ochocinco announces something to the crowd about his app wouldn't be that shocking either, honestly; and a half-price download for anyone in the crowd with an iPhone would just be pure genius.)

Either way, the good news is that if you're a wrestling fan who lives in Cincy and somehow hasn't gotten your full quota of Ochocinco before the season starts, there's an event coming up just for you.

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: September 9, 2010 12:06 pm
 

Matchup Focus: Bengals DB vs. Patriots WR

Posted by Andy Benoit

It will be strength on strength when the Bengals corners line up against the Patriots wideouts (Sunday, 1:00, CBS).

First, understand something: New England’s receiving corps features the same two stars as 2007 (Wes Welker and Randy Moss), but it does not feature the same explosiveness.
R. Moss (US Presswire)
At 33, Moss has dissolved into strictly a straight-line receiver. This isn’t the end of the world – we’re talking about arguably the greatest deep threat of all time. Moss doesn’t quite have the wheels he had in Minnesota, but his speed still ranks in the NFL’s upper 20 percentile. More importantly, he’s a master at tracking a deep ball and disguising his intentions when exerting for a catch. That’s why he was still able to post 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

The problem is, Moss is no longer a premium threat when changing directions. He has stiff hips and limited agility. Thus, instead of running any route on the tree, he now only shines running the 9 Route (fly pattern). Moss has never been a good route runner, but he at least used to be dangerous enough to command safety help simply by being on the field. Now, if the Patriots want Moss to command safety help, they have to design plays specifically for him to do so. This ultimately limits the rest of their offense (just a bit).

The Bengals will likely play a safety over the top against Moss, though in cornerback Johnathan Joseph, they have perhaps the best deep-ball man-defender in the AFC not named Revis. Joseph has excellent catch-up speed and a keen sense for timing his attack on a hanging ball. (By the way, in case you’re wondering, Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie is the best deep-ball man-defender in the NFC.)

More concerning to the Bengals should be Wes Welker. (We’ll assume Welker, in his first meaningful game back from ACL surgery, will be his usual self. A big assumption? Perhaps. But the man looked sharp throughout training camp and the preseason.)
J. Joseph (US Presswire)
Welker, obviously, thrives as an underneath receiver. Leon Hall is a Pro Bowl caliber corner, but he’s not a press corner (neither is Joseph). That’s virtually a moot point, though, because the Patriots almost always line Welker up in the slot or flanker position (two yards off the line of scrimmage). Still, Hall must be physical with Welker early in his route. Hall is usually tremendous in this capacity, but he’s also a tad inconsistent.

The key to Cincy’s defense will be whether Hall can control Welker in the five-to eight-yard range. Fortunately, Hall is an adequate tackler. But for preventing Welker from even catching the ball to begin with, the Bengals may want to have weakside linebacker Keith Rivers patrolling the underneath flats (stopping Welker in motion over the middle is nearly impossible). By committing Rivers to the flats, Cincy would be gambling with Chris Crocker against athletic tight end Rob Gronkowski in coverage – but at least that matchups pits an intelligent eighth-year veteran against a first-game rookie. Plus, if Rivers is in zone coverage in the flats, he can combat Kevin Faulk’s receiving prowess out of the backfield.

If we’re to follow this train of thought, then it all comes back to whether Joseph can handle Moss. If Joseph can’t, then Crocker will be needed in deep coverage, which means the Bengals would likely end up counting on Roy Williams to cover in the box. Just the idea of Williams in any sort of coverage gives defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer nightmares.

What to expect: a modest day for Moss (say in the neighborhood of five catches, 65 yards), a solid day for Welker (eight or nine catches, 100 yards) but the contest ultimately decided by whether the Patriots can find a third weapon in the passing game.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:41 pm
 

Podcast: Week 1 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

Are you ready for some football? No, seriously, are you?

Because it's football time, people. Less than 24 hours from kickoff.

And that's why Andy Benoit and I are here to run over the Week 1 games with you, doling out helpful information to help you understand who will win, and answering all the important questions about Week 1, like "Is Tampa Bay-Cleveland the worst game of the season?"

So, go ahead. Click the play button. Got a question? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL)

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