NFL.com even ranks the Bengals at the top of the 3-2 team list. That places them two spots above the Super Bowl Champion Giants, and one spot above the 3-time Super Bowl Champion Patriots. Looking at the list puts a lot of things in to perspective. No team is going to be perfect, especially not the youthful Bengals. There are a lot of things that need to be worked on, starting with the run game behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis. However, this ship is not sinking. They are still being led by a young gun slinger in Andy Dalton with a quarterback rating of 92.9 and the youthful team still has a lot of upside. Their two losses came by way of two good teams in the NFL and the Bengals record is still in the green column, surrounded by great company.
Next week they head up north to face the 0-5 Cleveland Browns for a second time this season. In the last meeting, the Bengals offense had a hay day through the air, winning a high scoring game at home. This time should be no different in the Dawg Pound. If the fans can step outside of the bubble of the loss, they will see that this team is not sinking like the Titanic. There is no need for panic or to blow up the life rafts just yet. The water is choppy, but Cincinnati will survive.