“At 3-2, is this the record you expected the Bengals to have, and are you happy with it?”
I was thinking 4-1, but these wins and losses are highly erratic and not at all where I thought they would come. Both our losses I thought would be wins, and I didn’t think we’d walk away from Green Bay with a W. The Bengals are an enigma; they should be 5-0, and they should be 0-5. My biggest issue is that none of these wins have been definitive. They have all been scrappy and hard-won, whether it was the winless Steelers or the undefeated Patriots. I’m still looking for a “statement win”, if there is such a thing in the NFL, before I become happy with this team.
Losing to Chicago hurt, but losing to the Browns in the fashion that the Bengals did was like an ER visit. The Browns defense is good but they let a young Buffalo team with two rookie QB’s score over 20 on them. This game was an example of why the offense has to help the defense out, had they won that game the team would be 4-1 leading the division headed to the Bills and Lions.
Am I happy with 3-2? Well, I’m not mad, but there are 6 AFC teams that are 3-2, and one of those team already has a win over us. They have to win the division because I don’t think 9-7 or even 10-6 gets a wildcard. I’ll be happier with 6-2 headed to Miami.