Shutdown Corner’s Doug Farrar has some immediate Bengals reaction, and you know what? These Bengals might just be for real:
The Bengals’ offensive and defensive lines are playing at impressive levels, Cedric Benson(notes) has returned from the Witness Protection Program, and the Carson Palmer(notes)-to-Chad Ochocinco combo seems to be back on track.
But it’s also about the unheralded contributors; guys like running back Brian Leonard(notes), receiver Andre Caldwell(notes), and noted horsecollar maven Roy E. Williams. These Bengals may have come across a bit jokey and undefined in “Hard Knocks” this preseason, but they’re no laughing matter now. Next Sunday, they travel to Baltimore’s M&T Bank stadium for a real pier-sixer with the Ravens for control of the NFC North. If they can pull off what will surely be an upset against the Ravens, it will be time to talk about the Cincinnati Bengals as one of the league’s better teams.
Who woulda thunk it?