» Two of his high-profile players, Cedric Benson and Adam "Pacman" Jones, are appealing suspensions handed down by the NFL for offseason arrests.
» All the while, fans in Cincinnati have stopped caring, judging by the show of people in the stands for Sunday's home opener (for the record: 43,363 in 65,500-seat Paul Brown Stadium).
So what happens Monday? Lewis basically guarantees victory over the Buffalo Bills -- who are 3-0 and the NFL's hottest team.
"We're early in the year. We've got a lot of season ahead of us," Lewis said, according to The Associated Press. "And you know, at the end of the week when we're 2-2, there's going to be probably the other third of the league in the same situation."
For that, we'll give the normally reserved Lewis credit for pulling out the stops to rally the troops. Too bad Carson Palmer won't buy into it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.