A Monday Night Massacre?

While some scoff, I maintain that tonight's game could prove to be one of the toughest games in Denver's schedule, a chance for little brother to dethrone his superior sibling.<br><br> Not only in front of Mom and Dad, but in front of a national audience, with Al Michaels calling the play by play.

It has all the makings of a massacre. One team, well known to Monday night audiences, sitting atop the division with a 5-2 record, equipped with the NFL's most explosive running back (at least over the past two weeks), going up against a team that hasn't hosted the spotlight of a Monday game since 1989. A team that's managed to capture only one victory throughout their first five games, ranked dead-last in the league in rushing defense, showcasing a quarterback, one and a half years removed from college.

Like I said, it has all the makings of a massacre.

Even early in the season, prognosticators predicted this game as a dog, that being the worst match up scheduled for the prestigious Monday night lineup. In all reality, this was a game, set in place to simply make up for the fact that the league had neglected Cincinnati for over a decade.

Now, when the Bengals are finally thrown into the spotlight, they face a Bronco team who, for all practical purposes, is miles ahead, intent on making the Bengals the redheaded stepchild of the new millennium.

While some scoff, I maintain that tonight's game could prove to be one of the toughest games in Denver's schedule, a chance for little brother to dethrone his superior sibling. Not only in front of Mom and Dad, but in front of a national audience, with Al Michaels calling the play by play.

Unfortunately for Cincinnati, regardless of the outcome, the stone has been cast, and tonight's game is a mere toss of the bone to a city, a franchise and a loyal group of fans that have supported and followed this team since the Bengals first joined the AFL in 1968.

Should Denver lose, headlines will not praise Cincinnati as today's version of David, they will admonish the Broncos as a weak form of Goliath, undeserving of a 5-1 record and headed for eternal damnation along with the Oakland Raiders and Christina Aguilera.

Come to think of it, I really don't mind Christina that much.

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