Fantasy Football Notes: Cincinnati Bengals


Published: July 12, 2009

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... Palmer for three-quarters of the season, the problems ran deeper than that.

In fact, Palmer, who had thrown for over 4,000 yards and 25-plus TDs in both 2006 and 2007, was 0-4 in the four games he played in—not quite an endorsement that the team would have fared better with him under center rather than Ryan Fitzpatrick. Heck, even Peyton Manning may have had a hard time getting the Bengals’ passing game going in 2008.

So, what turned the seventh-best aerial attack in 2007 into the third-worst in 2008?

Two main factors contributed to the passing game’s demise: The first being the play of Chad Ochocinco. Following six straight seasons of at least 1,100 yards, Ochocinco amassed just 540 receiving yards in 2008. Looking less explosive than in prior years, the wide out’s biggest accomplishment all of last season actually took place off the field as he was able to legally change his name from “Chad Johnson” to “C...

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