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Cardinals vs. Bengals preview: Andy Dalton a 'lightning rod,' Vontaze Burfict deserving of new deal

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Cincy Jungle's Scott Bantel joins ROTB Radio to help us get to know the Bengals.

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The Arizona Cardinals play their third preseason game this Sunday evening at home facing the Cincinnati Bengals. Since we don't get to see the Bengals much, and as I try to do with every opponent, I did a podcast with a writer from the opposing team's blog.

This week it was Scott Bantel from Cincy Jungle, who was great.

He came on the show just a little while after the announcement of Vontaze Burfict's new contract, so we discussed that for a bit.

Among other topics, we learn more about Andy Dalton and the perception of fans of the Bengals -- he is a "lightning rod" for radio shows all over the place.

We even talked about Carson Palmer. Apparently, since Andy Dalton has played well and the team has been to the playoffs the past three years, the Palmer situation is mostly forgotten.

Expectations are high this year for Bengals fans. They expect a playoff win and anything less than that will make the noise calling for Marvin Lewis' job and the noise criticizing Dalton as being unable to win the big games will only get louder.

We discussed offseason moves and the draft picks Cincinnati made and how they have looked so far. Darqueze Dennard and Jeremy Hill are looking great, and fourth rounder Russell Bodine will be the team's starting center.

It might be that the Cardinals don't get to see Jason Campbell battle Drew Stanton in the second half. Campbell is dinged up and hasn't looked good so far, but Matt Scott, the former Arizona Wildcat, could play instead. (Maybe he will puke on the field and throw a touchdown again.)

Please have a listen to the show. You can use the player above, the player below or simply download it directly and listen to it later.