The Cincinnati Bengals leave for Detroit on Thursday with what DL Domata Peko calls a "chip on the shoulder."
Without Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco and Johnathan Joseph expectations in the Bengals fan base is down. In fact, ESPN picked the Bengals last in their first 'power rankings' to start the season.
"All the negative feedback coming from the outside saying, you know, we've got a brand new team, we can't do this, we can't do that, so that kind of fuels us to get better," said middle linebacker Rey Maualuga. "We want to prove everybody wrong."
The Bengals play their first pre-season game Friday night against the Lions. Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton will start.
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