The Bungles are back.
After flirting with success in 2005, the Bengals promptly turned in two disappointing seasons -- but you always could count on their fantasy core to rack up points.The 2008 season is something else entirely.
Carson Palmer is the lowest rated passer in the league, with no touchdowns and three interceptions. His ace wide receivers, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Ocho Cinco, have combined for 11 catches and 129 yards. New starting running back Chris Perry has slogged along with 2.7 yards per carry.
Put a sock in it, optimism. The Bengals already are buried. They play in the tough AFC North with interconference matchups against the tougher NFC East. Not a get-well game in the bunch.
Sitting Palmer this week against the swarming New York defense at Giants Stadium is a shrewd move.
Demoting him to your No. 2 quarterback for the season sounds strange ... but you're only 0-2, right?
Against the woeful Rams, Seattle's Julius Jones may be the start of the week. You won't hear that again. ... Shootout of the week: Saints at Broncos. Jay Cutler and Co. will carve up a weak New Orleans defense, but Drew Brees also should have a big day. ... Cowboys-Packers also has the potential to pile on the points, but this isn't a good matchup for Green Bay's Ryan Grant to get going. ... Hope you handcuffed Chester Taylor with Adrian Peterson, because the Vikings' stud runner is struggling with a hamstring injury and is iffy for Sunday's game. Taylor, though, can get the job done; he may be the best backup running back in the league. ... The Raiders can't throw a lick, but they sure can run. With Justin Fargas (groin) hurt and Darren McFadden (toe) hurting, No. 3 running back Michael Bush should be up for the challenge. ... Remember Steve Smith? He'll provide the Panthers' offense with more, ahem, punch. ... Jon Kitna to Calvin Johnson is looking pretty good, even better at San Francisco.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun