Cincinnati at Dallas, Week 5
Sunday, 4:15 p.m.
This game features a matchup of two of the NFL's mouthiest receivers (which is definitely saying something). And the similarities pretty much end there. Terrell Owens is on a team which looks very much like a Super Bowl contender, last week's loss against the Redskins notwithstanding, and T.O. is helping out with 264 yards and four touchdowns. Chad Ocho Cinco's team has fully reverted to "Bungles" status, and he has not much more than his new last name's worth of receiving yards with 116, as well as one touchdown.
It's not going to help Señor Cinco at all if quarterback Carson Palmer can't play in this game. Palmer vows that his iffy elbow won't keep him out of the lineup, which would prevent a second start for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick replaced Palmer last week against Cleveland and reminded the world that Harvard isn't exactly Quarterback U., as he threw for only 156 yards, three interceptions and a 44.5 rating. Regardless of who takes the snaps, though, Ocho wants the world to know that he isn't thrilled about his squad's 0-4 start. Or as he put it, "we are 0-4, so therefore I think my mouth needs to start running again and get this going." What did he get going? Well, as the Dallas Morning News reported, here's Chaddy: "Get up, get your pen, get your records, get everything you need to get, because I'm letting it rip. I'm not holding nothin' back. We 0-4. We pissed off. I'm pissed off. The players over here are pissed off. Somebody's got to pay. ..... Man, we are going to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, out there in Dallas. I'm bringing the cold tub, the hot tub, I'm bringing the training room. ..... I think we've been very vanilla." (Thanks to Brian Davis for those great, great quotes.)
And now over to Owens. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted him on a radio show explaining his ability to catch only seven of the 18 balls directed his way last Sunday thusly: "That is not to say nothing about Tony Romo. I am not going to be able to catch every ball thrown my way. Every pass was not a valid catchable pass." But everyone knows that, despite reports this week of friction, T.O. loves him some Romo, so he took his frustrations in another direction, toward mouthy ex-receiver Keyshawn Johnson, whom Owens repeatedly referred to as "Sheshawn": "I am the reason he is in the [broadcast] booth. Everybody is aware when I was brought to Dallas, he was the one they let go to get me here." Mee-ow! And the mouthiness rolls on, as will, in all likelihood, Cincinnati's losing streak.
One more thing on the receivers front. Serial arrestee Chris Henry has re-joined the Bengals and may see some action against Dallas. That would set up a possible matchup with fellow West Virginia product, and fellow target of NFL commissioner Roegr Goodell's ire, cornerback Adam Jones.
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