These aren’t your dad’s Bengals. Heck, they’re not even the Bengals you’re used to seeing. Those Bengals didn’t win games against elite teams like New England, and they certainly didn’t rally from 16-point deficits against Super Bowl winning quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers.
But these Bengals have, and the rest of the NFL is starting to take notice.
Albert Breer of NFL.com got a chance to speak with linebacker Rey Maualuga about how this team is different from the four other ones he’s played on in Cincinnati:
“The old Bengals would’ve just given up,” linebacker Rey Maualuga told me. “We have so many leaders on this team that step up and say what needs to be said on the sideline, and when we go back on the field, it’s go time. I won’t say this is the new-and-improved team, because this is the same team. We just found something inside that says, ‘OK, hey, it’s time to go.’
Like I said, we would’ve lost to New England, we would’ve given up. We would’ve lost to Green Bay. We aren’t losing those games anymore.”