It’s been a fairly long time since I’ve seriously considered the Cincinnati Bengals to be a good NFL football team. NFL tickets holders have been watching the Bengals long enough to know that somehow, some way, they’ve always managed to shoot themselves in the foot. That feeling may have to change after the 2013 NFL season.
Now before anyone gets riled up let’s be clear. I’m not picking the Cincinnati Bengals for the Super Bowl just yet. But if you were watching the game yesterday, the one between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers, you probably noticed an unusual thing: The Bengals came out on top.
Packers fans will make the case that it was a fluke. The ball dropped into the hands of Bengals cornerback Terence Newman and he took full advantage, returning the ball 58 yards for a touchdown, a game winning touchdown at that. I’d counter by saying that the Cincinnati Bengals slugged it out toe to toe with the Green Bay Packers and made just one more play. Just one more play is what it takes in at least every single NFL game played every week. A win is a win.
More to the point I’d like to take a look at exactly where the Cincinnati Bengals are right now, namely 2-12 and tied for the lead in the AFC North. It’s still a long ways from the end of the season but right now it looks like the Ravens may be the only real competition in the division. The Cleveland Browns got a win yesterday but who are we kidding with that argument? The Steelers, three weeks into the season, look like toast. That leaves the Ravens and the Bengals to battle it out. Keep an eye on this race.