Welcome to the NFL Jungle: A look at the Cincinnati Bengals

I have a vague connection with Cincinnati, as my aunt and uncle and cousins moved out there back in the mid nineties. My family and I visited them in ’96 and the city of Cincinnati. My main recollection is that it had (hopefully still has) an excellent rib restaurant which had its own amazing bbq sauce. In talking with my cousin recently he did admit his team would be, if he followed football, the Bengals. Namely because they once had a linebacker, number 99 Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson. So with this preamble, this is the reason I am going to have a look at the Bengals for this season.

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Return to the Steel Curtain? A Look at the Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the most successful team in the Superbowl era of the NFL. Right now though, they really don’t look like it. Let’s look at the Steelers, both the good, the bad & whether they can make the Playoffs.

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You’ve Got to Keep the Devil Down in the Hole: A Look at the Ravens

As we continue to (slowly), work our way through the AFC North we come to the 2013 Superbowl Champions, who didn’t do quite so well last season.

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Episode 38:
Happy Birthday To Us

The Gents hit one year of spinning nonsense about the NFL into the purest analytical gold and we celebrate in appropriate style, but minus the music because we don’t want to get sued by Michael Jackson’s ghost. AFC North is the division of the week, we look at some of the myriad naughty players getting themselves suspended, and most importantly welcome new addition to the team Alex into the podcast chamber.

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Cleveland Rocks: A Look at the Browns

With the NFC North behind us, it’s now time to look at a Division in transition. We start with arguably the most interesting team in the AFC North, the Cleveland Browns.

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Bear Down: A Look at the Bears

As we come to the end of our look at the NFC North, it seems only fitting that we finish with the team I’ve loved since I was a small child. My beloved Chicago Bears.

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Up helly ya! The Minnesota Vikings Saga

The Gridiron Gentlemen love to add a distinctly British twist when looking at the NFL and Up helly ya is a party in Shetland, celebrating their Scandinavian past, the kind of party the Vikings would like to throw one day. As we continue to sail through the NFC North, our ship sails up to the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers into the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St Paul and we come ashore to the Vikings, who get their name partly because of the high influence of Scandinavian American culture in the state. It seems apt to try and tell their story in the style of the Viking sagas of old.  The Vikings have come close to gold several times in the past, with bitter sweet relationships with kickers. They are a team with legendary players and certainly one currently in their midst, let us view upon what once was, what is and what may well be.

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Leaving the NFC North Green With Envy: A look at the Packers

 

 

I have made it no secret that I am a Bears fan & as a result not a big lover of the Cheeseheads. But I hold no bias against a Packers team that could very well have built something very special. A team that could very well be contenders.

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Episode 37:
Blingtastic

There’s not a lot of news this week, but we’ve never let that stop us rambling on before and we aren’t starting now. Also -  we go all antiques roadshow with a critique of the Seahawks’ new superbowl rings, have a thorough look at the NFC North teams, and we meet our new local team the Welwyn Hatfield Mosquitos.

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Motor City Movements: A look at the Lions

As we continue our Journey through the NFL, we come to the NFC North, the Black & Blue Division, or at least so it used to be. Anyway let’s start with one of the most disappointing teams of last season, the Detroit Lions

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