This should be the slogan for the Bengals starting this weekend if they can't pull out a win against the Steelers this Sunday. Vegas has Pittsburgh by 9 1/2 over Cincinnati playing at home. Ouch! As dinged up as the Steelers are, the Bengals are more discombobulated at the moment, and the line reflects what I think is the general thinking out there. The Bengals are a lost ball in the high weeds.
It may be safe to start the Countdown to 0-16 after Sunday's game. With a loss, the Bengals would be 0-7, almost halfway to that magical number. But, even the record, the key to the first pick in next year's draft, might not be the solution for Bengals fans. As I just noted on a thread I started after last week's loss to the Jets:
Even if we start the countdown to 0-16, and the Bengals are first in line for the draft in 2009, they could pick the best player, or the one player who best fits their needs when the time comes, and still lose out because they can't sign that player or because the player doesn't want to come to Cincinnati.
Now there are NO good outs to this situation. My kingdom for a general manager, a player/personnel coordinator, a FOOTBALL GUY!!!!
Check out the thread and cast your vote for who will win a game first, the Bengals or the Lions.
I'll be watching the game on Sunday and rooting for the Bengals (though to win or lose, I'm not sure -- ??). But, in the back of my head, those words will be floating around:
FIRST IN LINE 2009!!