http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070928/SPT03/709280326/1035 At this point, I don't know whether to sympathize with the Bengals or stick it to them. This is not the week in which they want to be measured against the New England Patriots. The Men, as we call them, are pretty much depleted - uncommonly so, for so early in the season. And the Patriots, well, they're not. The Patriots lead the NFL in offense. They also lead the league in defense. And the Bengals, well, they don't. In the offseason, the Patriots signed Adalius Thomas, the ferocious linebacker from Baltimore, as a free agent. The Bengals, in spite of many helpful suggestions along those lines, didn't. They went instead for Ed Hartwell. And cut him.