As long as Carson Palmer is healthy and the starting quarterback, the Bengals have to be considered the favorite in the AFC North. Regardless of how many of their players are on parole or wearing orange jump suits, Palmer is a special talent. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had been preaching all offseason that Palmer was ahead of schedule and most likely would start the season opener. He looked great against Green Bay Monday night. It was only the Packers, but Palmer displayed mobility, confidence and his arm was as strong as ever. There are certain players you like watching regardless of the uniform, like a Peyton Manning, Barry Sanders, John Unitas, Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers and Ray Lewis. Palmer is that kind of player. The Bengals may not have a good enough defense to win a Super Bowl title, but they have enough juice on offense to win the division again. To beat the Bengals, teams will have to combine a very strong running game with a stellar defensive effort. The Bengals have enough offensive firepower to overcome a lot of defensive problems.